NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships 2021-2022

The NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarship Programme is aimed at providing financial assistance to full-time students, studying a 4 year Doctoral Degree. Prospective applicants are those who have achieved a 65%+ average for their Master’s Degree, while studying at a Dutch Higher Education Institution or an accredited South African Partner University. Preference will be given to prospective applicants in STEM fields, in line with South Africa’s NDP.

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa has formed a partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), operating in conjunction with the Nuffic Netherlands Education Support Office. These groups have formed the NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships in both the Netherlands and South Africa. 

Closing Date of the Bursary

Please note that bursary applications for the NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarship Programme will close on the 30 of April 2021. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered for the NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarship Programme.  

About the Bursary

The NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarship Programme is aimed at providing financial assistance to full-time students, studying a 4 year doctoral degree. Prospective applicants are those who achieved a 65%+ average for their Master’s degree, while studying at a Dutch Higher Education Institution or an accredited South African Partner University. The NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships provide financial support to students studying:

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Social Sciences

Please note that 80% of the awarded bursaries will be awarded to students studying a STEM related Doctorate, while the remaining 20% will be awarded to students studying a Doctorate in the Social Sciences.  

NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarship Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

Kindly note that prospective applicants need to satisfy all the requirements of the NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarship Bursary in order to be considered for the Programme:

  • Applications are open to South African citizens and permanent residents ONLY.
  • Applicants should be residing in South Africa.
  • Applicants should be 32 years old or younger in order to apply for the Bursary.
  • Applicants should be studying for their Doctorate degree on a full time basis in 2021.
  • Applicants should have received at least a 65% average for their Master’s Degree.
  • Applicants should not hold any other scholarship at the time of their application.
  • Applicants should not be holding full-time salaried employment.
  • Applicants should be studying at an accredited South Africant Partner University or a participating Dutch Higher Education Institution.

Please note that failure to adhere to the NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarship Programme requirements will result in a rejected application.

Successful applicants are expected to perform at least 80 hours of community service work in the form of academic support activities.

What does the NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarship Bursary Cover?

The NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarship Programme will provide successful applicants with financial assistance to help pay for the relevant doctorate’s costs. This will take the form of tiered coverage:

Full Cost of Study Coverage:

  • Living allowance – R48 000 per annum
  • Food allowance – R27 000 per annum
  • Accomodation allowance – R60 000 per annum
  • Tuition fees – R30 000 per annum
  • Electronic study device allowance – R10 000
  • Assistive technology device if required – R20 000

Partial Cost of Study Coverage:

  • Accommodation allowance – R60 000
  • Tuition fees – R30 000 per annum
  • Assistive technology device if required – R20 000

Please note that the assistive technology coverage is aimed at providing financial support to students with disabilities.

The NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarship cover is dependent on where the applicant decides to pursue his/her Doctoral studies.  

How to apply for the NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarship Bursary?

Kindly note that students applying for the NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarship Programme can only apply online through the following links:

Potential applicants need to submit their online application via the following online portal – https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/

Failure to adhere to the NRF – Nuffic Doctoral Scholarship requirements will result in the application being rejected.  

Contact Information 

Please note that South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) as well as Nuffic may be directly contacted for all relevant bursary related queries.

National Research Foundation – Mr. Nelson Komane

  • Tel: 012 481 4219
  • Address: NRF Building, South Gate, CSIR Complex, Meiring Naudé Road, Brummeria, Pretoria
  • E-mail: nelson@nrf.ac.za

Nuffic – Mr Vhutshilo Makananise

  • Tel: 012 364 0982
  • E-mail: info@nesosouthafrica.org

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