DSI-NRF Postgraduate Scholarship 2022 – 2023

If you are a postgraduate student, then this may be your lucky day!

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is inviting ideal students to apply for its scholarship program.

If you ever wanted to take your qualifications further in Science, Technology, Engineering, Social Sciences, or Humanities, then this may be your next step in that plan.

If you find this scholarship appealing, then we recommend you apply right away.

Below is a guide on how to go about that and what to expect from this scholarship.

Please read and follow everything carefully before applying.

Closing Date

Applications for the DSI-NRF Postgraduate Scholarship will be closing on the following dates:

  • For Honours studies: 20 November 2022
  • For Master’s studies (first-time): 8 July 2022
  • For Doctoral studies (first-time): 8 July 2022
  • For Master’s and Doctoral Extension Support studies: 15 August 2022

Please make sure that your application and all supporting documents are submitted before this date.

If you fail to do so, your application will not be considered for selection by the Scholarship provider.

What is This Scholarship?

This scholarship caters to funding postgraduate students in the 2023 academic year. This will be made possible through DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding.

Who Can Apply

This scholarship bursary program will cater to postgraduate students that are involved in the following fields:

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Architecture
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Auditing
  • Bibliometrics and Scientometrics Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Climate Change
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Cosmology
  • Data Science
  • Demography
  • Dermatological Sciences
  • Drug Discovery and Development
  • Earth Sciences
  • Earth Observation
  • Ecology
  • Economic and Management Science
  • Economic Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Financial Management
  • Functional Genomics
  • Geology
  • Geosciences
  • Global Change
  • Society and Sustainability
  • Health Sciences
  • Higher Education (Policy) Studies
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Information Science
  • Information Systems
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Law
  • Materials Research
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Marine Sciences
  • Medicinal Plant
  • Medical Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nuclear Science
  • Nuclear Technologies in Medicine and Biosciences
  • Palaeosciences
  • Polar Science
  • Physics
  • Public Understanding of Science and Technology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Research Evaluation and Research Impact studies
  • Science Communication
  • Social Science and Humanities
  • Sociology of Science and Technology
  • Space Science
  • Statistics
  • Technology and Innovation (Policy) Studies
  • Transportation Studies
  • Tourism

Students applying for this scholarship will need to meet the following criteria to be considered ideal candidates:

Students applying for honors (first-time):

  • Applicants must be South African citizens.
  • Applicants must not be older than 28 years old.
  • For Full Cost of Study(FCS) (exceptional achiever): applicants must have a combined minimum average score of 75% in all the major subjects in the last year of undergraduate.
  • For FCS (economically deficient for disabled): applicants must have a combined minimum score of 65% in all the major subjects in the last year of undergraduate.
  • For Partial Cost of Study(PCS): applicants must have a combined average score of 65% in the last year of under graduation.

Students applying for Masters (first-time):

  • Applicants must be South African citizens.
  • Applicants must not be older than 30 years old.
  • Applicants should be enrolled as full-time students for the second or third year of their master’s.
  • For FCS (exceptional achiever): Applicants must have a combined average score of 75% of all the subjects in their honors, diploma, or four-year degree of studies.
  • For FCS (economically deficient or disabled): Applicants must have a combined average score of 65% of all the subjects in their honors, diploma, or four-year degree of studies.
  • For PCS: Applicants must have a combined average score of 65% of all the subjects in their honors, diploma, or four-year degree of studies.

Students applying for Doctorate (first-time):

  • Applicants must be South African citizens.
  • Applicants must not be older than 32 years old.
  • Applicants should be enrolled as full-time students for the second, third year, or fourth year of their doctorate.
  • For FCS (exceptional achiever): applicants must have a combined average score of 75% in all the subjects in their Master’s degree.
  • For FCS (economically deficient or disabled): applicants must have a combined average score of 65% of all the subjects in their Master’s degree.
  • For PCS: applicants must have a combined average score of 65% in all the subjects in their Master’s degree.

Applicants should be enrolled in any of the institutions of higher education listed below.

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology, Free State
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology
  • Nelson Mandela University
  • North-West University
  • Rhodes University
  • Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Sol Plaatje University
  • Stellenbosch University
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Fort Hare
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Limpopo
  • University of Mpumalanga
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of South Africa
  • University of the Free State
  • University of the Western Cape
  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • University of Venda
  • University of Zululand
  • Vaal University of Technology
  • Walter Sisulu University of Technology

What Does This Scholarship Cover?

The FCS or PCS will be decided based on the requirements fulfilled by the candidate.

  • FCS will be given to financially needy students (if their household income is less than R350 000 per year), students with a disability, or those with extraordinary academic records. Due to budget constraints, candidates applying for FCS may get PCS.
  • FCS will cover the following:
    • Tuition fees.
    • Accommodation.
    • Living Expenses.
    • Transport.
    • Food allowance.
    • Electronic devices for study.
  • PCS will cover the following:
    • Tuition fees.
    • Accommodation.
    • Living expenses.
    • Transport.

The funding will be given from honors to doctoral-level studies depending on the performance of the candidate at each level of degree.

How To Apply

Applications for this scholarship are fairly simple.

All you will need to do is carefully read through the application guideline which you can find here.

Once you understand what the NRF needs from you you will need to submit your application here.

Don’t forget to attach the following support documents:

  • A certified copy of your ID.
  • Certified copies of your academic record and transcripts.
  • Proof of registration.
  • Proof of household income.
  • Recent progress report if you are applying for an extension.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns relating to this scholarship program, then you can contact the organization directly through the following means:

For General Honours and NRF-TWAS-related inquiries:

Contact person: Mr. Lehlogonolo Phaahla (Professional Officer – HICD).

Tel: 012 481 4315

Email: LA.Phaahla@risa.nrf.ac.za

For general first-time Master’s, Doctoral, and NRF-DAAD-related inquiries:

Contact person: Ms. Kgaugelo Molepo (Professional Officer – HICD).

Tel: 012 481 4148

Email: KJ.Molepo@risa.nrf.ac.za

For Master’s and Doctoral Extension Support, NRF-SASAC, PDP, and NRF-SASOL related inquiries:

Contact person: Ms. Nontokozo Kunene (Professional Officer – HICD)

Tel: 012 481 4105

Email: NS.Kunene@risa.nrf.ac.za

For National Skills Fund and NRF-MINDS related inquiries:

Contact person: Ms Busisiwe Sibiya (Professional Officer – HICD)

Tel: 012 481 4166

Email: BG.Sibiya@risa.nrf.ac.za

For Global Knowledge Partnerships related inquiries only:

Contact person: Mr. Nelson Komane (Professional Officer – HICD)

Tel: 012 481 4219

Email: SN.Komane@risa.nrf.ac.za

For first-time SARChI Honors, Masters, and Doctoral related inquiries:

Contact person: Ms. Andisiwe Jukuda (Professional Officer – RCCE)

Tel: 012 481 4113

Email: AH.Jukuda@risa.nrf.ac.za

For First-time COEs, Honours, Master’s, and Doctoral related inquiries:

Contact person: Ms. Malekgotla Finger (Professional Officer – RCCE)

Tel: 012 481 4003

Email: MD.Finger@risa.nrf.ac.za

For NRF-SARAO Postgraduate scholarship related inquiries:

Contact person: Annah Mashemola (Professional Officer, HCD, NRF-SARAO)

Tel: 012 442 2434

Email: amashemola@ska.ac.za

Good luck with your application!

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