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The University of the Free State (UFS) believes that a student’s first priority should be their academic work rather than having to worry about the financial burden of their postgraduate studies. It, however, needs to be kept in mind that UFS funds are limited and the application requests are high in number. It is essential for students to plan in advance and secure additional funds to cover tuition fees, living expenses, accommodation and research costs.

More than 1 500 bursaries and scholarships were awarded to postgraduate students this year. These bursaries and scholarships are not awarded automatically. Therefore, students are strongly advised to apply by submitting an application form to the department or organisation responsible for administering the financial support.

There is a dedicated office for Postgraduate Funding Opportunities within the Postgraduate School to assist students to identify sources of finance within the University and beyond, and to prepare successful applications for funding. 


The Postgraduate Office also offers individual consultations to students who have questions related to financial support. Meetings may be scheduled with Ms Pinky Motlhabane at

The administration is partly done by the Postgraduate School located in the Johannes Brill Building, on the Bloemfontein Campus.

T: +27 51 401 7161 (front desk)
E: or

Students may also view the latest funding opportunities on the Postgraduate School’s webpage

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T: +27 (0)51 401 7161


Johannes Bril Building, Ground Floor, Bloemfontein Campus

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