Call for Application: NRF Postgraduate Scholarships 2021

Call for Application: Applications are currently being invited from postgraduate students (masters and PhD) for the NRF Postgraduate Scholarships 2021 as announced by the DSI and NRF for the 2021 Academic year. While new students are to submit new applications, all continuing students, however, who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application.

Scholarships are intended to support honours, masters and doctoral candidates to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities. 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).

Scholarship Sponsor(s): National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa.

Scholarships to be taken at: South Africa.

Scholarship Type: Full/Partial Funding.

Scholarship level: Postgraduate (Masters and PhD)

Slots: Several.

Subject Eligibility: Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

Country/Candidate Eligibility: Domestic and International students.


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Eligibility Conditions and Award Benefits:

  • 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 disabilityor exceptional academic achievers.
  • However, the PCS funding will be awarded to 5% of international studentsincluding South African citizens and permanent residents who could not be funded under FCS but meet other minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria.

Application Procedures for the NRF Postgraduate Scholarships 2021 – How-toApply:

The NRF has phased out the block grant nomination process as well as the grant-holder linked modalities of funding postgraduate students in 2020. As from 2021 funding year, all the postgraduate students will be expected to apply on the NRF Online Submission System by accessing the link: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/, no manual applications will be accepted. Universities will set their own internal cut-off dates for applications and the applicants must abide by those dates.


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Important! Please refer to the application and funding documents here when completing the online application form at every step of the process.

For enquiries, applicants’ are encouraged to contact the Research or Postgraduate offices at their universities as listed at the official website.

Application Deadline: 18 December, 2020

Visit the Official Website for Further Details.

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