The PGS provides funding to students in need of financial aid. Our focus is mainly on UFS Honours, Research Master's, and Research PHD students, as well as NRF bursaries. The funding office also informs and updates postgraduate students of available national and international bursaries and scholarship opportunities. Our funding consultants are available to assist with UFS and NRF funding enquiries. 

For funding enquiries, please contact:

Kgalalelo Motlhabane 
T: +27 51 401 9635 
E: motlhabanegk@ufs.ac.za

Prince Khoza 
T:
+27 51 401 2045
E: KhozaPN@ufs.ac.za

 

NRF Postgraduate Scholarships 2021


The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call of new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2021 Academic year. All continuing students who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application.

The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. Applicants for honours, masters and doctoral funding must be 28, 30, and 32 years of age or younger respectively in the year of application. Successful applicants will be funded either at Full Cost Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS). The FCS funding will be awarded to South African citizens and permanent residents only, who are either financially needy (i.e. those whose combined household family income is less or equal to R350 000 per annum), living with a disability or exceptional academic achievers. However, the PCS funding will be awarded to 5% of international students including South African citizens and permanent residents who could not be funded under FCS but meet other minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria.
Scholarships are intended to support honours, masters, and doctoral candidates to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

As from the 2021 funding year, all the postgraduate students will be expected to apply on the NRF Online Submission System by clicking here, no manual applications will be accepted.

Below are University of the Free State internal cut-off dates for applications. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED

Funding Opportunity

Funding Year

UFS internal closing date

Honours Scholarships

2021

Friday, 23 October 2020 and 31 July 2020 for financially needy students who require a financial means test to be eligible for a full cost study


For inquiries, applicants can contact the Postgraduate School at

Ms Motlhabane:
T: +27 51 401 9635
E: MotlhabaneGK@ufs.ac.za

Mr Khoza:
T:
+27 51 401 2045
E: KhozaPN@ufs.ac.za

Other Funding opportunities

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

 

Name

Funding level

Closing date

Contact details

For more information

Margaret McNamara Educational Grants

Honours, Master's and Doctoral

14 September 2020

Email: southafrica@mmeg.org

 

Click here to visit website

The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Science

Doctoral degree

25 September 2020

Tel: (011) 480 2338 / 2328

E-mail: scholarships@nihss.ac.za

Click here to visit website

Oil and Protein Seeds Development Trust

Master's and Doctoral

25 September 2020

Tel: (011) 234 3400 / 234 3401

E-mail: oliesade@opot.co.za

Click here to visit website

Protein Research Foundation

Master's and Doctoral

25 September 2020

Tel: +27 11 803 1894/2579

E-mail: maria@proteinresearch.net

Click here to visit website

Ernst & Ethel Eriksen Trust 2021

Master's and Doctoral

30 September 2020

E-mail: eeetrust@eject.co.za

Click here to visit website

Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute

Master's and Doctoral

15 October 2020

E-mail: litlhare@sadc-gmi.org

Click here to visit website

Chevening Scholarship

Master’s degree

03 November 2020

www.chevening.org/scholarship/south-africa/

Click here to visit website

HCI Foundation

Honours degree

30 November 2020

Tel: +27 (0)21 424 6010

E-mail: bp@hcifoundation.co.za

Click here to visit website

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship

Master’s degree

Various dates apply

E-mail: info-qecs@acu.ac.uk

Click here to visit website

Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2021

Master's and Doctoral

Various dates apply

E-mail: info@gatescambridge.org

Click here to visit website

ESASTAP 2020

Research Funding

Various dates apply

www.esastap.org.za/

Click here to visit website

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship

Honours, Master's & Doctoral

Various dates apply

www.sbfi.admin.ch/sbfi/en/home/education/scholarships-and-grants/swiss-government-excellence-scholarships.html

Click here to visit website

Wellcome Trust

Grant funding

Various dates apply

www.wellcome.ac.uk/grant-funding

Click here to visit website

 

Contact Us


T: +27 51 401 7161

E: postgrad@ufs.ac.za

Johannes Brill Building, Ground Floor, Bloemfontein Campus

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