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DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2024 Academic Year

The NRF has announced a call for new applications for DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the academic year 2024.

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. 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.

All the postgraduate students must apply on the NRF Connect System by accessing the link: https://nrfconnect.nrf.ac.za/Manual applications will not be accepted.

Applications Closing Dates:

Level of studyClosing date
Honours24 November 2023
First-time Master's11 July 2023
First-time Doctoral11 July 2023
Master's and Doctoral Extension Support11 July 2023


Please refer to the Application and Funding Guide and Framework documents when completing the online application form at every step of the process.

Application and funding guide for NRF Honours scholarships 2024

Application and funding guide for extension support for Master’s and Doctoral scholarships 2024

Application and funding guide for NRF Master’s and Doctoral scholarships 2024

DSI-NRF Postgraduate Funding Policy

Frequently Asked Questions

Funding Application Consent Form

For enquiries, please email David MacHeu MacHeuTD@ufs.ac.za or Lindiwe Booi BooiLM@ufs.ac.za


Research Funding for Master's and Doctoral Students 

The Centre for Graduate Support (CGS) is providing partial funding for research-related costs for registered master’s and doctoral students. The funds are to be used for the collection of primary data for the purpose of meeting a specific research goal for the final presentation of the research.

Funds are awarded on a competitive basis and depend on the availability of funds at the time of application. The research conducted must adhere to all university requirements, including policies related to the ethical conduct of research.

Application forms are to be submitted at least eight weeks before the fieldwork is scheduled to take place to allow for timeous processing.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Students must be registered for master’s or doctoral studies.
  • Students must have received research ethics approval.
  • Master’s students are eligible for research funding within the first two years of registration.
  • Doctoral students are eligible for research funding within the first three years of registration.
  • Students must demonstrate that all relevant UFS requirements relating to research have been met.
  • Students must submit a detailed timetable for research-related travel.
  • Students must provide a satisfactory progress report.
  • Students must provide information on the rationale for the study, aims, objectives, and methods to be employed.
  • Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee a successful application. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis and depend on the availability of funds at the time of application.
  • Retrospective applications are not permitted.
  • Applications must be supported by the student’s supervisor.

Click here for the application form

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T: +27 51 401 7161

E: GraduateSupport@ufs.ac.za

Johannes Brill Building, Ground Floor, Bloemfontein Campus

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