The National Research Foundation (NRF) is inviting applications for master and doctoral scholarships for full-time studies in 2021. This is available to SA citizens, SA permanent residents as well as a limited percentage of foreign nationals who will register at a South African public university in 2021 on a full-time basis.
The studentships are available to pursue Master and Doctoral degree programme. The objective of the program is to support the development of a critical mass of globally competitive human resources in prioritized areas; Promote and advance science, research, and innovation.
The University of South Africa (UNISA) is the largest university on the African continent and attracts a third of all higher education students in South Africa. The university has over 300,000 students, including African and international pupils in 130 countries worldwide, making it one of the world’s mega universities.
Why at the University of South Africa- This is a learning institution in Africa and the longest standing dedicated distance education university in the world. The university offers internationally accredited qualifications and has world-class resources.
Applications Deadline: Closed
- Available to SA citizens, SA permanent residents as well as a limited percentage of foreign nationals who will register at a South African public university in 2021 on a full-time basis.
- This is available to SA citizens, SA permanent residents as well as a limited percentage of foreign nationals who will register at a South African public university in 2021 on a full-time basis.
- These are intended to support master’s and doctoral candidates to pursue research studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Including Priority Research Areas* at public universities.
Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:
|NRF-TWAS Doctoral||Extension Support||Master’s and Doctoral|
|Must register at a South African public university in 2021 on a full-time basis.
Maybe based at Science Councils and National Research Facilities.
|Full-time master’s or doctoral studies in South Africa are eligible to apply.||SA citizens, SA permanent residents as well as a limited percentage of foreign nationals who will register at a South African public university in 2021 on a full-time basis.|
|Citizens and permanent residents from developing countries in and outside Africa. South Africans are not eligible to apply.||Applicants applying for extension support at master’s level should have commenced their degree in 2017.||NRF master’s scholarship-holders who wish to register for Doctoral degrees in 2021 must apply for funding.|
|Visa and immigration laws of the applicant’s home country and South Africa must be met by the applicant. The applicant must secure his / her own Visa or study permit under the programme for study in South Africa.
Neither NRF nor TWAS will be responsible for assisting with visa requirements.
|Must be current recipients of NRF scholarships for the current degree in 2018. Extensions will only be provided under exceptional circumstances and will only be granted for six (6) or twelve (12) months as the NRF expects all students to complete their qualifications within regulation time.||SASAC doctoral scholarships, details of the proposed research must demonstrate clear alignment with IIASA’s research programmes and national research priority areas (Advanced Systems Analysis; Ecosystems Services and Management; Energy; Evolution and Ecology; Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases; Risk and Resilience; Transitions to New Technologies; World Population and Water.)|
|Must be thirty-five (35) years or younger on the 31st of December of the year of application for the doctoral scholarship.||Applicants applying for extension support at the doctoral level should have commenced their degrees in 2016.|
|May not be living, studying or working in South Africa at the time of application.|
How to Apply
- How to apply: To participate, the applicants need to submit on the NRF Online system.
- Supporting Documents: To apply, students must have no need for any supporting documents.
- Admission Requirements: To apply for the program applicants must have a previous degree.
- Language Requirement: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.
Value of the award
Merit Review-value Scholarship:
- Master’s – R90 000 for 2 years
- Doctoral – R120 000 for 3 years
Institutional Nomination Scholarship:
- Master’s – R50 000 for 2 years
- Doctoral – R70 000 for 3 years