The National Research Foundation (NRF) and South African Medical Research Medical (MRC) are offering scholarships for South African students. Scholarships are available for master’s and doctoral scholarships programme in the health, allied sciences and related fields at public higher education institutions in 2014. The scholarship amounts for 2015 are as follows; Master’s Scholarships R 80 000 p. a, Doctoral Scholarships R 110 000 p.a. The award of a scholarship to a student will be based on past, current and potential academic performance. Applications will close on 30 August 2014.
Study Subject(s): Scholarship is awarded for studies in the following specific areas within health and allied sciences: Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Molecular modeling, Medical Sciences, Immunology, and all other disciplines aligned to health and allied sciences in general.
Course Level: The scholarship is intended to support master’s and doctoral level.
Scholarship Provider: The National Research Foundation (NRF) and South African Medical Research Medical (MRC) Scholarship can be taken at: South Africa
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Eligibility: The following eligibility criteria apply:
-Scholarships are open to full-time registered South African citizens and permanent residents.
-Scholarships are open only to students who will be pursuing master’s and doctoral studies in the specific disciplines within health and allied sciences (refer to section 3 above).
-Full- time employees of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are not eligible to apply.
-Scholarship-holders must not hold full-time salaried employment during the tenure of the award.
-Scholarship must not be held simultaneously with a fellowship from any other government or NRF administered source.
-Scholarship-holders are allowed to hold non- binding supplementary grants or emoluments to half the value of the NRF award or should the host university have an institutional capped value, the award can be supplemented to the university capped value for the level of study.
-The scholarship-holder will be allowed to undertake a maximum of 12 hours of teaching, tutorials, assistance or demonstration duties per week on average during the year of study; they may be remunerated for these duties, provided that they are reimbursed at a rate not exceeding the normal institution tariff for services rendered.
Scholarship Open for International Students: South African students can apply for the scholarship.
Scholarship Description: The National Research Foundation (NRF) and South African Medical Research Medical (MRC) entered into a partnership in delivering the masters and doctoral scholarships programme in the health, allied sciences and related fields at public higher education institutions in 2014. The programme is intended to contribute to the production of high-quality human resources, generation of high-quality knowledge, as well as the development and transfer of this knowledge to ensure tangible benefits to society especially in the health and allied research. This document outlines the objectives of the programme, the values of the scholarships and criteria for selection.
What does it cover? For the 2015 academic year, the value of the scholarships is set as follows:
Master’s Scholarships- R80 000
Doctoral Scholarships-R 110 000
Masters scholarship-holders may apply for a travel grant of up to R 15 000 for local travel and doctoral scholarship-holders may apply for a travel grant of up to R 15 000 (for local travel and up to R 45 000 for international travel. Scholarship-holders who wish to access the travel grant must complete a travel grant application form provided by their university postgraduate office/research office for consideration by the NRF.
Selection Criteria: -The award of an NRF-MRC health and allied scholarship to a student will be based on past, current and potential academic performance. Selection criteria will include academic merit, research ability, leadership qualities and previous awards, including various prizes and honours.
-In addition to the above criteria, the award will be based on the feasibility and merit of the applicant’s research project proposal.
How to Apply: Applications must be submitted through an online application process to the National Research Foundation (NRF).
Scholarship Application Deadline: The Internal closing date for submitting applications is 30 August 2014.