The major sources of merit-based awards are the 2 state-funded research councils:
The NRF provides various funding opportunities for postgraduate honours, master’s and doctoral students intending to study at UCT.
The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call for new applications for DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the academic year 2023. All continuing students who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application.
The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. The entry age requirement is 28, 30 and 32 years or younger for honours, master’s and doctoral studies respectively, in the year of application, regardless of first year of registration. Successful applicants will be funded either at Full Cost of Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS).
|2023 application closing dates|
|Level of study||Closing dates|
|Honours||20 November 2022|
|First-time Master’s||8 July 2022|
|First-time Doctoral||8 July 2022|
|Master’s and Doctoral Extension Support||15 August 2022|
All the postgraduate students will be expected to apply online on the NRF Connect system. No manual applications will be accepted.
Please refer to the application and funding guide and framework documents (as listed below) when completing the online application form at every step of the process.
Document direct links
- DSI-NRF Postgraduate Scholarship Framework for 2023 Funding
- Frequently Asked Questions Postgraduate Funding
- ISFAP – Application Consent Form
- NRF Recognised Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
- NRF Statement of expectation for Postgraduate Training 2023
- DSI-NRF Honours Application and Funding Guide for 2023
- DSI-NRF Master’s and Doctoral Application and Funding Guide for 2023
- SARAO Postgraduate Scholarships Application Guide for the 2023 Academic Year
For more information regarding the requirements for the MRC's 2 scholarships, please visit the Medical Research Council's website.