120 Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for South African Students, 2017

DAAD and NRF will offer up to 120 new scholarships for Master’s and Doctoral studies in 2017. These scholarships are designed for students enrolled in full-time two-year Master’s courses or three-year doctoral degree studies.

The scholarship is aimed at future academic staff development without neglecting other sector demands for academically trained personnel.

The NRF was established through the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998), following a system-wide review conducted for the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST).

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing master’s and doctoral degree at South African Universities. The scholarship holder may also apply for a short-term research fellowship (duration 2-6 months) in Germany.

Study Subject: The application is open to all subject areas with strong relevance to the national development of South Africa. This will include science, engineering, technology, applies social science, environmental and other special areas of law, but excludes the humanities and fine arts.

Scholarship Award: Scholarship values are as follows:

  • Master’s degree: ZAR 80 000.00 p.a.
  • PhD degree: ZAR 110 000.00 p.a.

The scholarship holder may apply for a short-term research fellowship (duration 2-6 months) in Germany where parts of the thesis-related research would significantly gain from this research visit because of required equipment, co-supervision or similar reasons.

Scholarship can be taken in South Africa

Eligibility: In selecting applicants for consideration for the Master’s and Doctoral scholarships, the following criteria will apply:

  • Applicants must be South African citizens or hold permanent residence status in South Africa in the latter case, certified proof of residency must be provided.
  • Female candidates and those belonging to designated groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Generally an age limit of 36 years at the time of application applies. However, excellent applications from slightly older candidates will be considered on an ad-hoc basis based on a strong motivation from the applicant.
  • Applicants’ last qualification should not be obtained longer than six (6) years prior to year of application.
  • Applicants may come from all those fields of study that have a strong relevance to the national development of the country (including the applied social sciences, environmental and other special areas of law but excluding the humanities and fine arts).
  • Applicants who already hold a qualification for the level of funding they are applying for are not eligible.
  • Scholarships-holders are allowed to hold supplementary bursaries, grants or emoluments which may be capped in line with NRF and university policies.
  • The scholarship must not be held simultaneously with a bursary/scholarship from any other NRF source, NRF administered source, and DAAD administered source or other government sources without prior NRF / DAAD permission.
  • If the applicant does receive any supplementary funding during the duration of the scholarship, this has to be declared to the NRF/ DAAD.
  • Scholarship-holders must not hold full-time salaried employment during the duration of the scholarship. They will be allowed to undertake a maximum of 12 hours of employment which includes teaching, tutorials, and assistance or demonstration duties per week on average.
  • University staff members are only eligible to apply for Doctoral funding under the programme. Proof of university employment must be provided. ? University staff members applying into the programme will have to provide a supporting letter from their human resource department clearly indicating their working hours and status of employment during the tenure of the award.

Nationality: South African nationals or permanent residents. Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: The qualifications eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Persons having an Honours degree may apply for funding for a Master’s degree;
  • Persons having a Master’s degree may apply for funding for a doctoral degree; and
  • Persons having a 4-year Bachelor’s degree qualified at least as second class upper or an aggregate academic performance of at least 60% for postgraduate studies.

How to Apply: Applications must be completed on the NRF Online Submission System and applicants are advised to complete their applications as soon as possible to prevent IT system overload nearer the closing date.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 31 August 2016.

Scholarship Link