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National Research Foundation Scholarships for African Students, 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa are pleased to announce a call for applications for Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for Full-time Studies in 2019.

Value of Scholarship: Scholarship values are as follows:

National Research Foundation Scholarships for African Students, 2018
  • Master’s degree : R50 000.00 to R90.000.00 p.a.
  • PhD degree : R70 000.00 to R130.000.00 p.a.

Application Deadline: 15th June 2018

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Candidates:

To be taken at (country): South Africa

About the Award: In the process of reducing the high volume of applications received yearly, duplication of applications into different programmes and increasing the turnaround time to informing successful applicants, the NRF has consolidated all the Masters and Doctoral scholarship programmes such as DAAD, Extension Support for Masters and Doctoral studies, NRF Freestanding, Innovation, Scarce Skill Development Fund (SSDF), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Doctoral and The Southern African Systems Analysis Center (SASAC) in this framework document.

Type: Master’s, Doctoral degrees.

Eligibility: Please carefully read through the eligibility criteria before applying.

  • Scholarships are open to South African citizens, South African permanent residents as well as a limited percentage of foreign nationals who will register at a South African public university in 2019 on a full-time basis.
  • NRF Masters scholarship-holders who wish to register for Doctoral degrees in 2019 must apply for funding
  • Scholarships are intended to support Masters 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.

Additional research funds and travel grants to 2 conferences are awarded to awardees on this scholarship (visit Scholarship Webpage for details)

Duration of Scholarship: The scholarships are designed for students enrolled in full-time two-year Master’s courses or three-year doctoral degree studies. Please Note: The initial award is for one year only. For extensions of the award an annual progress report will have to be completed by the applicant, with input from the supervisor of the proposed research, and submitted to the NRF via the university financial aid/ post graduate/ research office.

How to Apply: Applicants must apply on the NRF Online system at: and follow the application process set out in the attached framework document and funding guide. The application deadline is 15 June 2018 for funding in 2019.

It is important to go through the Application process in the Scholarship Webpage before applying.

For more information on this scholarship, visit the official Scholarship Webpage 

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