UCT allocates a variety of postgraduate funding awards for South Africans and permanent residents through the Postgraduate Online Funding Application. These awards are allocated based on merit, financial need, or both.

We encourage applicants to also apply for government funding through the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Medical Research Council (MRC). Note that the NRF deadline for master's and doctoral support is significantly earlier than the deadline for UCT merit and needs funding.


2024 Postgraduate Online Funding Financial Assistance for South African and Permanent Residents (Honours, Masters & Doctoral) students.

Deadline was Friday 10th November 2023 - No late applications are being accepted.

Awards range in value from small supplementary amounts up to larger amounts which may cover up to the full cost of attendance (FCOA). These FCOA awards are reserved for applicants who qualify for both academic merit and financial need. In addition, a small number of Vice-Chancellor Scholarships, which also cover full cost of attendance, will be awarded to academically exceptional applicants.

Continuing students applying for renewal are not required to complete these forms and would be automatically be renewed upon satisfactory progress.