UFS Honours Bursaries

2022 NRF Postgraduate Student Funding

The NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2022 academic year is now open for applications. All continuing students who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a progress report and not a new application.

To be eligible for selection for funding, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum academic average of 65% attained in the previous degree; and
  • Be 28, 30 and 32 years or younger for honours, master’s, and doctoral studies respectively, in the year of application, regardless of the first year of registration.

All interested postgraduate students must apply on the NRF Online Submission System by accessing the link: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.zaNo manual applications will be accepted.

For application guidelines, please refer to the application and funding guide and framework documents.

Please contact Prince Khoza at khozapn@ufs.ac.za | +27 51 401 2045 for more information.

Not sure what the NRF is or what it offers? See supporting documents below, including frequently asked questions on NRF Scholarships.

DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding Policy: Frequently asked questions
NRF Recognised Higher Education Institutions
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Application and Funding Framework
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Application and Funding guide
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding Policy

2022 NRF Postgraduate Student Funding Application Dates

University of the Free State Closing dates 

 Scholarship Category  Opening date  Closing date 
 Honours Scholarships  1 Apr 2021 31 July (for applications that need to undergo Financial Means Test) and 31 October 2021 

Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development Bursary 

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development (DALRRD) intends to award comprehensive bursaries (Advanced Diploma, BSc Hons, MSc, and PhD) to qualifying applicants pursuing and/or intending to further their studies in identified careers in agriculture, land reform, and rural development sector for the 2022 academic year.

The bursary will cover tuition, accommodation, books, meals, and a monthly allowance. The bursary awards target the previously disadvantaged and impoverished persons from poverty-stricken and rural communities. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Please note:

  • Applicants must be South African citizens.
  • Applicants must complete the relevant bursary application forms available from the website address
  • Applicants who apply for fields of study that are not listed above will not be considered
  • Please note that communication will be limited to successful applicants only. If you have not received any communication from the department within 14 days after the release of Grade 12 results and after the National Bursary Committee has finalised the selection process, consider your application unsuccessful
  • The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development reserves the right to determine the total number of bursary allocations for the academic year based on the total budget available.
  • No late application forms will be considered.
  • Applicants who are not in possession of their University acceptance letter or Final results can submit their application while waiting for the said documents.

Closing date for all applications is 31 October 2021.

More information regarding the bursary
Application forms 

Other funding opportunities

Are you planning to further your studies? Below is a list of funding opportunities that might just be right for you!


Funding Level

Closing date

For more information

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship

Honours, Master's and Doctoral

Various dates apply

Click here to visit website

Wellcome Trust

Grant funding

Various dates apply

Click here to visit website

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