The major sources of merit-based awards are the 2 state-funded research councils:

National Research Foundation

The NRF provides various funding opportunities for postgraduate honours, master’s and doctoral students intending to study at UCT.

The DSI and NRF has closed for new applications for DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the academic year 2024. 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).

The FCS funding will be awarded to South African citizens and Permanent Residents only, who are either financially needy (i.e., those whose combined household family income is less than or equals to R350 000 per annum), living with a disability or exceptional academic achievers. However, the PCS funding will be awarded to 5% of international students including South African citizens and Permanent Residents who could not be funded under FCS but meet other minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria.

The scholarships are intended to support honours, master’s and doctoral candidates to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

Level of study

Closing dates

Honours

CLOSED

First-time Master’s

CLOSED

First-time Doctoral

CLOSED

Master’s and Doctoral Extension Support

CLOSED

 

NRF Application Closing Dates:

Level of study

Closing dates

SARAO Honours

CLOSED

SARAO Master’s

CLOSED

SARAO Doctoral

CLOSED

 

All the postgraduate students will be expected to apply online on the NRF Connect system. No manual applications will be accepted.


NRF Travel Grant Applications for Scholarship- and Fellowship-Holders

The cut off dates for institutions to send eligible applications to the NRF were as follows

Call Open Date

Applicants traveling between:

Submission Dates

March 2023

May – July 2023

CLOSED

August - October 2023

CLOSED

November – December 2023 (final year grants) November – April 2024(continuing grants)

CLOSED

 

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

Medical Research Council (MRC)

For more information regarding the requirements for the MRC's 2 scholarships, please visit the Medical Research Council's website.