A limited number of scholarships are available annually to international and refugee students for postgraduate study in any discipline at UCT. As there is only one call for applications each year, it is important that the application procedure is strictly followed. These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and preference is given to senior candidates.

All UCT international and refugee students' scholarships are supplementary as a contribution towards Cost of Attendance. Students who apply must have the means to fund their studies.


Honours R25 000
Master’s R30 000
Doctoral R35 000

The scholarships are renewable for the duration of the course of study, if satisfactory progress is maintained, for 1 year at honours level, 2 at master's level and 3 at doctoral level. Continuing students applying for renewal are not required to complete these forms and would be automatically be renewed upon satisfactory progress.

Applicants must apply for full-time admission through the UCT admissions office or the faculty office. Late applications are not accepted.

Closing date: 31 August (preceding the year of study)

Application for 2024 academic year are CLOSED.
Call for 2025 is currently open with a closing date of 30 August 2024.

The applicant's country of origin has no bearing on the award of scholarships, but proof of refugee status is required.

Download the application form here for the 2025 academic year.

Download the Section E required for Master's by research and Doctoral applicants here.

Please refer to Financial Assistance for Postgraduate Study and Postdoctoral Research (Handbook 14) for full details.