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‌Information regarding external scholarship & bursary applications:

There are various formats required by each external donor when applying for funding. Please read their requirements carefully in the information supplied. This will ensure that the application submitted meets with their requirements so as to not jeopardise your chances of success. Below are recent opportunities advertised.


Call for Postgraduate Bursary Applications

Call for 2019

The CSIR and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are pleased to announce the DST Inter-Programme Bursary Support (IBS) call for applications.

Opening Date: Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Closing Date: Friday, 28 September, 2018

CSIR Bursary Call 2018

CSIR DST Eligibility Guidelines 2019

Bursary Application Form: Honours

Bursary Application Form: Masters and Doctoral

The IBS postgraduate bursary support is intended for full time studies for Honours/ 4th year Engineering/BTech, Masters or PhD degrees at any South African public university. The focus areas for the bursary support are restricted to the following research areas.

  • Aerospace
  • Composites
  • Modelling and Digital Sciences
  • Microsystems Technology
  • Titanium (Manufacturing Elements)
  • Photonics
  • Biotechnology:
    • Biopharming
    • Bioprocessing
    • Biocatalysis
  • Information and Communications Technology

Please complete the Application form (Convert the form to .pdf format - Do not scan the completed form) and submit with supporting documents by email to: HCD-INTERBURSARY@csir.co.za.

Should you have any queries with regards to the call requirements or application procedure, please contact:

Justice Komane
Tel: 012 841 3304
Email: HCD-INTERBURSARY@csir.co.za.


Katlego Ramonyai
Tel: 012 842 7519
Email: HCD-INTERBURSARY@csir.co.za.


Ernst and Ethel Ericksen Trust

Study Grants for Masters and Doctoral Degrees

The Ernst & Ethel Ericksen Trust was established by Ethel Eriksen in the early 1980's. The trust provides study grants to students doing  post graduate study and has enabled scholars from all walks of life to fulfill their dreams, and in so doing benefit South Africa.

Closing date: 30 September 2018


  • The student must be a South African citizen.
  • Study must be at a South African university.
  • Students must have completed their Honours in order to apply.

Apply Online: www.eriksentrust.co.za

Email: eeetrust@eject.co.za


SANSA 2019 call is open!!

All existing bursars should reapply and we urge new applicants to take the plunge for 2019 funding, http://www.sansa.org.za/bursaries

Please apply if you are pursuing your Postgraduate qualification in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.


Babette Taute Honours Scholarships

for students of English in the 2019

Closing Date: 30 September 2018

Babette Taute Scholarships 2019


Call for Applications for DAAD ‘in Country’ PhD Scholarships to study Biochemistry/Microbiology at Rhodes University

DAAD is offering three-year PhD scholarships for full-time study towards the PhD degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rhodes University starting February 2019. The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). A maximum of 5 scholarships are available for admission in 2019. The scholarships cover costs associated with the degree and include a monthly stipend of 500 Euro.


  • Citizens of a sub-Saharan country (excluding South Africa);
  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology or a related science completed not more than 6 years ago;
  • Good working knowledge of English;
  • Strong motivation and commitment.

Please submit the following documentation as a single PDF file

  1. Letter of motivation (explaining your interest in Biochemistry/Microbiology and why you wish to do a PhD. Maximum 1 page);
  2. CV using the template found here: https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/editors/en/cv/compose 
  3. Certified copy of academic transcript/degree certificates;
  4. Reference letters from 2 academic references;
  5. Passport/ID as proof of citizenship.

Please email the above documents as a single PDF file to pgfunding@ru.ac.za by 17:00 on Tuesday 31st July. Please name the file ‘DAAD-Your name’.

Female applicants and applicants from less privileged backgrounds are encouraged to participate in the programme

Queries may be addressed to Prof Adrienne Edkins on a.edkins@ru.ac.za

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email with further instructions. If you do not hear from us by 31 August 2018, you should assume that your application was not successful.

To combine PDF documents – see this website https://smallpdf.com/merge-pdf


HWSETA Postgraduate Bursary Programme 2018

The Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training (HWSETA), invite applications from employed and unemployed (full-time) South African students pursuing Honours, Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral studies at South African universities.

HWSETA Bursary Application Form

While other areas of study within the Health and Social Development will be considered, preference will be given to research proposals that fall within the following areas:

  • Disability; youth-child-elderly and mental health care;
  • Infant Mortality; ethical and legal issues in health and welfare;
  • Epidemiology and clinical leadership;
  • Demography and population studies;
  • Environmental health and Occupational safety;
  • Primary Health Care; Information, Communications and Technology in the health sector;
  • Health Economics and Labour Market studies;
  • Contemporary social development issues including governance and capacity building in the non-governmental sector;
  • Integration of African indigenous medicine into the mainstream health care services.

Honours students undertaking programmes which will lead to professional registration and licensing will also be considered; i.e. various streams within Psychology, Nursing Education and other Clinical Programmes. Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application process: Interested students must complete an HWSETA bursary application form (refer link below) and submit it no later than 30 July 2018.

The application must include a proof of registration, draft research proposal, letter of motivation (1 page), required proposed budget (itemised) to complete the research project and a clear certified South African Identify Document. Applications must be submitted via email to: rimepg@hwseta.org.za. Enquiries may be directed to Dr Sipho Buthelezi at siphob@hwseta.org.za.



Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for Full-time Studies for 2019

Applicant Closing Date: CLOSED 

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are pleased to announce a call for applications for Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for Full-time Studies in 2019.

In the process of reducing the high volume of applications received yearly, duplication of applications into different programmes and increasing the turnaround time to informing successful applicants, the NRF has consolidated all the Masters and Doctoral scholarship programmes such as DAAD, Extension Support for Masters and Doctoral studies, NRF Freestanding, Innovation, Scarce Skill Development Fund (SSDF), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Doctoral and The Southern African Systems Analysis Center (SASAC) in this framework document

These scholarships are open to South African citizens or permanent residents as well as a limited percentage of foreign nationals who will register at a South African public university in 2019 on a full-time basis only.

Scholarships are intended to support Masters and Doctoral candidates to pursue research studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities, including Priority Research Areas at public universities.

Applicants must apply on the NRF Online system at: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za and follow the application process set out in the attached framework document and funding guide.

Please refer to the framework document when completing the online application form at every step of the process.

Framework Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for FT Studies

NRF guide

Should you have any queries with the application please contact PGFunding.


Mandela Rhodes Foundation 2019





If so, the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship could be for you!

For more information about the Scholarship and application process, go to http://mandelarhodes.org/the-scholarship/apply/   

Opening date for 2018 applications is 9 March 2018.

Closing date is 15 April 2018.

MRF Applications and Selections Process 2019

All applicants apply online via the Embark application system on the MRF website.

  • Round one: Applications reviewed by South African tertiary institutions and The Mandela Rhodes Foundation. By end of June 2018, all applicants to be informed by universities and/or the MRF whether or not their application is through to the next  stage.
  • Round two: Reviews by designated Mandela Rhodes Foundation staff. By end of July 2018, remaining applicants to  be informed by the MRF whether or not their application is through to the next stage.
  • Round three: Reviews by designated Mandela Rhodes Foundation staff. By end of August 2018, remaining applicants to be informed by the MRF whether or not their application is through to the next stage.
  • Final round: Panel interviews with selection committees in October. By end of October 2018, panel  interviewed applicants to be informed by the MRF whether or not they  have been  selected  as Mandela Rhodes Scholars.


FoodBev SETA Bursary South Africa 2018 – 2019

Sector Education and Training Authority or SETA is an industry bodies established in 2000 by the Minister of Labour. SETA is made up of employers, government departments, trade unions and bargaining councils from each industrial sector. There are 23 SETA’s across South Africa, FoodBev SETA being one of them.

FoodBev SETA aims to facilitate and award skills development in the Food and Beverage Manufacturing industry by way of bursary programmes.

FoodBev SETA are offering bursary awards to full time students who are enrolled in University, studying towards a Master’s degree or PhD within the Food and Beverage Manufacturing industry. The bursary value is up to a maximum of R50 000 and will be awarded to studies in line with critical and scarce skills.
The bursary will cover students studying within the following fields:


  • Advanced Diploma: Labour Relations
  • BCom/ BCompt Hons. in Accounting/Finance (CTA)
  • BSc Hons. Electrical Engineering/ Electronics Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering
  • BSc Hons. – Food Science and Technology/ Food Science/ Chemistry/Biochemistry/Biotechnology/ Microbiology
  • BTech in Electronics Engineering/ Electrical Engineering/ Electronics/ Food Technology/ Mechanical Engineering/ Operation Management/ Packaging Management/ Production Management
  • B Bus Sc Hons. Marketing
  • BSc Hons. Oenology
  • Honours Degree in Environmental health Science/ Consumer Science/ Industrial Psychology


  • Master’s degree (Research based and Scarce skills based)
  • PhD


  • Must show a strong academic record, as well as a need for financial assistance,
  • Preference will be given to female students, disabled students and students with a previously disadvantage background.


Application forms can be downloaded online at: http://www.foodbev.co.za/bursaries-unepmloyed
Alternatively, you can request an application form via email: bursariesenquiries@foodbev.co.za

Complete application forms and all supporting documents can either be submitted via:
E-mail: bursariesenquiries@foodbev.co.za
Post: PO Box 245, Gallo Manor 2052 or
Hand deliver: 13 Autumn Rd, Rivonia 2128

CLOSING DATE: 19 February annually

Maureen Mumbashi or Mxolisi
Tel: 011 253 7314 / 011 253 7370
Email: maureenm@foodbev.co.za / bursariesenquiries@foodbev.co.za


NRF Honours Bursaries for 2018

Rhodes Internal Closing Date: CLOSED

The National Research Foundation (NRF) awards bursaries to students pursuing full-time, Honours studies at South African public universities in 2018. Postgraduate Diplomas are not funded via these programmes.

The Freestanding and Innovation bursaries are funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Scarce Skills and National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Pipeline bursaries are funded by Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) through the National Skills Fund (NSF).


  • Honours full time 2018.
  • South African citizens and South African permanent residents only.
  • For more details applicants must read the NRF Honours Bursaries Framework Document which highlights the eligibility criteria and requirements for each funding category.

Students must submit an application on the NRF Online Submission System at: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za and follow the application process set out in the Framework Document and Application Guide. 

Application and Funding Guide NRF Honours and final year B Tech 2018

Framework NRF Honours and final year B Tech Bursaries 2018

Please read these documents carefully before applying. Please ensure your application is 100% complete before submitting so as to ensure that it will be considered and not regretted outright. Documents (such as ID and course record) must be certified, and if not, the application will be regretted. So please ensure that you adhere to all requirements as per the guide to maximize your chances.

Students with Disabilities:
South African citizens and South African permanent residents living with a disability are encouraged to apply. (Medical document will need to be uploaded as well – details in guide)

Closing Date:
The submission deadline for applicants is 4 December 2017 for funding in the 2018 academicyear.

Funding outcomes will be communicated between February and March 2018


Call for Applications - PhD/Doctoral Scholarship

In Collaboration with the South African Humanities Deans’ Association (SAHUDA) The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) invites applications from suitably qualified students to study full-time towards a doctoral degree in the humanities and social sciences at any of the participating South African public universities. 

Programme Objective
The main objective of this programme is to promote scholarship in the humanities and social sciences in South Africa, specifically among designated groups and Historically Disadvantaged Institutions.


  • Only South African citizens from designated groups, with a preference to those from previously disadvantaged groups of the population.
  • Successful completion of a Master’s degree; or entering the first year of PhD/doctoral study; or currently registered for PhD study in first year of enrollment.
  • Not older than 45 years of age at the time of the application.

Applications are invited from ALL humanities and social science disciplines.

Applications are especially encouraged from (but are not limited to) the following areas: Visual and Performing Arts; African Languages; History; Anthropology; Archeology; Economics; Political Science; Heritage Studies; Social Work; Indigenous Knowledge Systems; African Music and Musicology.

Batch applications from Professional Associations in the above-mentioned priority areas are also welcome.

Selection criteria

  • Academic merit.
  • Coherence of the proposed research project.
  • Feasibility of the project.
  • Contribution of the project to the body of knowledge in the field.
  • Confirmation by the prospective department/supervisor of your intention to enroll for a PhD-level programme of study at a participating university.

Value, period and conditions of the award
The value of the award is R132 000 in the first year. Annual renewals are subject to proof of satisfactory progress. The maximum funding period is three years. 

Application procedure
Candidates should submit the following documentation for application:

  1. Online application form which is accessible through the link: https://nihss.ac.za/content/latest/call-applications-phddoctoral-scholarship
  2. Letter of confirmation by the prospective department or supervisor that you will be admitted to the participating university for registration for PhD study.  
  3. A motivation letter (not longer than one A4 page – 500 words)
  4. A recent intellectual autobiography: a narrative of the major influences in your intellectual life (not longer than one A4 page – 500 words)
  5. A research proposal outlining the problem statement, methodology, feasibility of your study and the contribution it will make to the body of knowledge in the particular field of study
  6. Two letters of recommendation from academics who are familiar with your work, of which one must be the supervisor of your Master’s thesis
  7. A certified copy of your full academic transcript/s
  8. A certified copy of your ID
  9. Sample copies of your best writing, e.g. a chapter from your Master’s study or any published academic work.

Before submitting your application please bring the applications to the Rhodes University Postgrad Funding office, so we can go through them together.

All Call related queries can be directed to: scholarships@nihss.ac.za or 011 480 2326

All IT Support queries can be directed to: 011 480 2328

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Closing Date: CLOSED


South African Cultural Observatory - Scholarship 

The South African Cultural Observatory – a project of the Department of Arts & Culture, hosted by Nelson Mandela University in partnership with Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare – has opened its scholarship and bursary programme applications.

Students wishing to apply for a scholarship can submit their information on our website at: https://www.southafricanculturalobservatory.co.za/scholarship-application

Closing Date: CLOSED

SA Cultural Observatory Scholarship Bursary Programme


Accenture (SA) Education Trust

Closing date: CLOSED

Scholarship Information Sheet
Scholarships available for 2nd – 4th year/Honours Of full-time study at a tertiary institution

Applications will only be considered from students who major in one of the following disciplines:

Degree Courses

Tertiary Institutions

BSc in Computer Science + Honours BCom or BSc in Informatics, BIT Information Systems + Honor’s
Electrical (Light Current) Electronic
Information Industrial

University of Cape Town
University of the Western Cape Rhodes University
University of Pretoria
University of Johannesburg University of the Witwatersrand

Who may apply?

  • Applicants must be South African citizens.
  • Awards will be judged in accordance with significant financial need and academic ability

Evidence of family income will be required.

What does the scholarship cover?

  • The full cost of the tuition fees, registration fees and examination fees.
  • The full cost of residence fees and meals. For students living in a self-catering residence, a meal allowance will be provided.
  • A book allowance to cover the cost of prescribed books only.
  • A laptop computer.

The following criteria and conditions apply:

  • Applicable for 2nd to 4th years of study, including Honours level. Please note that the Education Trust does not sponsor first year students.
  • Renewable annually, provided the following criteria are met:
    • consistent satisfactory academic performance;
    • demonstrable leadership qualities and participation in extra-mural activities;
    • Participation in activities which benefit others.

Application for an Accenture scholarship:

The Accenture (SA) Education Trust, P O Box 1587, Kelvin, 2054 OR email: thandeka.p.goniwe@accenture.comor download the application form from the website:


 Accenture Scholarship Application Form

  • Please include a copy of your CV.
  • Please include certified copies of: your ID document; your academic transcripts; and proof of parents’/guardian’s earnings. Please do not send any original documents (other than the application form), as we cannot return these to you.


Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) Bursary South Africa 2017 - 2018

Closing date: Any time (postgraduate students) – please advise PG Funding should you be successful.

About the Bursar
Armaments Corporation of South Africa (or Armscor) was established in 1968 as an arms production company – today they are the arms procurement agency for the South African Department of Defence in.

The Armscor Bursary Scheme are seeking undergraduate and postgraduate students a desire to pursue a career in the Engineering/ Science faculty. The bursary award is funded by Armscor and the defence industry.

Bursaries will be awarded to exceptional learners to help address the problem of critical skills in engineering and science within the defence industry.

About the Bursary
Bursaries will be awarded within the following Engineering and Science fields of study:


  • Chemistry
  • Human Movement Sciences
  • Computer Science

The Armscor bursary will cover the following expenses: Postgraduate students: tuition fees, prescribed books, meals, accommodation, as well as the chance to apply for funding to attend workshops, local conferences, laboratory visits or another activity which will support the current research.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

  • South African citizen
  • Strong academic performer
  • Interested in working within the defence sector
  • Obtained good results for Science, Mathematics and English in Matric
  • Have registered (or plan to register) to study at South African University/ University of Technology
  • Studying full-time in one of the aforementioned fields of study (1st/ 2nd/ 3rd year)
  • Postgraduate applicants: registered to study towards a full-time Honours/ Masters/ Doctoral qualification

How to Apply
Download and complete the

Armscor Bursary Application Form (postgraduate).

The following documents should accompany your application form:

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Colour photo (passport size) attached to the top left corner of the first page
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Postgraduate students:
    • Degree certificate
    • Academic transcripts to date
    • Research topic detailed outline
    • Proof of any other sources of funding

Complete application forms and all supporting documents must be posted to:


For any bursary queries, please contact:
Armscor Learning and Development Centre
Mr Tiyani Mavunda / Mr Obakeng Montsho
Tel: 012 428 2450 / 012 428 2444
Tel: 012 428 2450
Email: bursaries@armscor.co.za 


*If your research relates to a field of importance to the Red Meat Industry, this Bursary is for you;*

Meat Industry Trust (MIT)

Bursary Working Committee

We have pleasure in informing you that the 2018 red meat bursary applications are available on the Meat Industry Trust website: www.meatindustrytrust.co.za

Students will be able to apply for a bursary online.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding the online application: Prof. Theuns Erasmus (terasmus@telkomsa.net)


John Davidson Educational Trust

  • The Rhodes internal closing date for applications will be on 31 October 2017.
  • The attached date of the 15 January is our deadline to the donor. 
  • The John Davidson Educational Trust (the Trust) will advise the University of the outcome of these awards in February 2018.

John Davidson Educational Trust Application Form


  • The John Davidson Educational Trust will fund Postgraduate students in the Engineering, Commerce and Management fields (Diploma, Honours, Masters or PhD). T
  • To be eligible students must show academic suitability and financial need.
  • Please mark sections clearly for example Curriculum Vitae 2.1, Essay 1: Motivation 2.2.1 etc.

The Trustees regard the essays, which are required as part of the Bursary Application, as an important factor in considering all applications. It should not be regarded simply as a curriculum vitae or a superficial statement by the Applicant. The Trustees expect the essays to be of an appropriate standard reflective of the Applicant's status as a postgraduate student and containing sufficient detail to the Trustees an understanding of the Applicant's motivations, aspirations and intentions. In other words, the essay should be the voice of the individual Applicant.

Incomplete and late applications will not be passed on to the Trust.

Please email the attached application together will all the required attachments to pgfunding@ru.ac.za on or before the closing date 31 October 2017.


PPS Bursaries 2018

Applications for the 2018 Bursaries are now open

PPS bursaries are awarded on financial need and academic record to full time university students in an effort to assist students financially to cover tuition and/or text book costs for one academic year

About the Bursar
The Professional Provident Society (PPS) of South Africa was established in July 1941 and is currently the largest group of graduate professionals in the world, with a total of more than 290 000 members.

PPS offer bursary awards to a selection of graduate professionals, who are studying full-time in their 4th year of study or postgraduate study within one of the preferred professions.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

  • South Africa citizen or permanent resident,
  • Registered to study at a South African university (4th year or postgraduate) in commerce/ engineering/ medicine/ science,
  • Achieved a minimum average of 75% in previous years of study,
  • Proven financial need.

How to apply

  • Download and complete the PPS Bursary Application Form (pdf).
  • Alternatively, you can request an application form via the contact details below.

The following documents must be submitted along with your complete application form:

  • ID or passport (certified copy),
  • Exam results (June) or latest (certified copy),
  • Student account statement showing all fees paid up for previous years,
  • Declaration of yours/ your families financial position (affidavit),
  • Motivation letter describing where you would like to be in the future and why you should be awarded the bursary (word document, max 300 words).

Please send your application form and documents via fax or email: 011 644 9629/ bursaries@pps.co.za

Closing Date: 15 January annually 

For any bursary queries please contact: Fax: 011 644 9629 or Email: bursaries@pps.co.za

(http://www.bursaries2017.co.za/general-bursaries-south-africa/pps-chairmans-fund-bursary/ )


Citrus Academy Bursary South Africa 2017 – 2018

About the Bursar
The Citrus Academy was established in 2005 and is a non-profit company, founded by the Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA) of Southern Africa as a way to develop human resources within the citrus industry of Southern African.

About the Bursary
Bursaries will be awarded to students studying towards an agricultural course, related to citrus production. Those studying towards agricultural qualifications such as: entomology and logistics will also be considered.

Bursaries will be awarded to students from their second year of study (no students will be funded for their first year of study).

The bursary award will cover the following expenses: tuition fees, prescribed books, stationery, meals, accommodation at the tertiary institution and research costs (for postgraduate students).

On completion of their studies, students will be required to take up employment within the citrus industry, for a period of time equal to their bursary award.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

  • South African/ Zimbabwean/ Swaziland citizen,
  • Completed Matric,
  • Studying an agriculture related qualification,
  • Studying at a recognised tertiary institution (College/ University/ University of Technology) within South Africa,
  • Proven financial need.

*Preference will be given to students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, female students and those who are disabled.
How to Apply
Applications must be done online at: http://citrusacademy.org.za/bursary-fund/apply-online

The following supporting documentation must be uploaded with your online application:

  • ID document (certified copy),
  • Latest examination results,
  • Any secondary education results,
  • Current tertiary academic results record,
  • Motivational essay explaining the following: why you wish to study further, your background in the citrus industry, how you will give back to the citrus industry and citrus enterprise when you have completed your studies (max 500 words).

 Closing Date: CLOSED

For any bursary queries, please contact:

Tel: 031 765 3410/ 3412

The Bursary Fund Manager: Candice Burgin
Email: candice@citrusacademy.org.za

The Bursary Fund Administrative Assistant: Londiwe Ngcobo
Email: londiwe@citrusacademy.org.za


Doug Banks Renewable Energy Vision Scholarship 2018

Would you like to be part of changing Africa’s energy future?

Financial support and mentorship is available to assist a graduate student to take forward the vision of the late Dr Doug Banks.

If you are:

  • Passionate about making a difference to the African continent;
  • Fired up about addressing Energy Poverty and Energy Access through application of Renewable Energy;

…you may be just the person we are looking for!

A two year Scholarship is available to study towards a Masters degree in Renewable Energy Studies at a South African University, commencing in 2018. Students should be from a background of engineering, science, technology, built environment, or law.

  • Only South African citizens or permanent residents may apply.
  • Application via the website.
  • Closing date Friday 29 September 2017.



South African Reserve Bank (SARB): Grants to postgraduate students

South African Reserve Bank (SARB) is offering five (5) grants to postgraduate students registered at SA universities

To promote and support research related to financial stability.

The value of each grant is R75‚000.

SARB said in a statement on Thursday students should submit proposals for research on financial stability-related topics that will result in publishable papers.

The grants are open to Masters and Doctoral students registered at South African universities.

Proposals should indicate how the research project will help to improve the broader understanding of financial stability issues in South Africa.

“Recipients of grants will be required to submit a paper upon completion‚ which is available for publication by the SARB. Publication will be subject to standard peer review processes.”

Research supervisors will be required to submit a progress report by 31 July 2018.

A research proposal and summary‚ full academic transcript to mid-2017 and a letter of recommendation from the supervisor of the research are amongst the requirements needed to apply‚ via email to ruth.ollier@resbank.co.za.

The deadline for submission is 20 October 2017.

Grants will be awarded by end February 2018.


The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Bursary Awards for 2018

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) intends to award comprehensive bursaries to qualifying applicants pursuing and/or intending to further their studies in critical scarce skills in the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sectors for the 2018 academic year.

The bursary will cover tuition, accommodation, books, meals and monthly allowance. The bursary awards target the previously disadvantaged and impoverished persons from poverty-stricken and rural communities. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Closing Date: CLOSED


South African Square Kilometre Array Project

Call for applications from students for SKA SA Doctoral and Masters Bursaries for 2018


Call to Prospective Supervisors to submit Doctoral and Masters Research Project Proposals for 2018

Closing date for both calls: CLOSED

SKA SA - HCD - Doctoral and Masters Bursaries for 2018-Call for Applications

SKA SA - HCD - Prospective Supervisors for Doctoral and Masters Research Project Proposals - 2018 - Call for Applications

1. Masters Bursaries

2. Doctoral Bursaries

3. Supervisors Research Project Proposals for Masters and Doctoral Bursaries

  • From this year Masters and Doctoral students apply SEPARATELY and reviewed separately. There is a separate application form for Doctoral applicants and a separate one for Masters Applicants. 
  • Remember also there are two parallel processes involved in the Masters and Doctoral bursary applications: 

Process 1: Students apply for bursaries using the online Masters or Doctoral applications forms. 

  1. They do not need a supervisor or topic at this stage.
  2. There is section in the application forms where they select from a list of research areas to indicate what area they are interested in, but this does not affect their chances of getting a bursary.
  3. Their applications are reviewed by a panel on academic merit, reference letters etc.
  4. The call is NOW open and you can direct students to the online system: https://skagrants.nrf.ac.za

Process 2: In parallel, we have opened the call to Supervisors to submit Research Projects Proposals for Masters and Doctoral Students. 

  1. Supervisors must submit full proposals as per the guidelines in the application guide, which is provided with the online application form. Application forms are also available at https://skagrants.nrf.ac.za.
  2. The list of research areas for Masters projects is slightly different from the research list for Doctoral projects.
  3. Supervisors MAY NOT submit the same project for Doctoral and Masters. Such applications will NOT be considered. Submit as many proposals as you wish, BUT keep Masters and Doctoral projects SEPARATE.
  4. The projects proposals will be evaluated and those deemed to satisfy the required criteria will be approved.
  5. The approved projects proposals will be made available to the shortlisted (panel-recommended) Masters and Doctoral students. 

 And then ...The recommended Masters and Doctoral bursary students will be given the opportunity to review all the approved projects proposals and to get in contact with the relevant supervisors. In parallel, the application forms of the recommended students will be distributed to all supervisors of approved projects. 

IMPORTANT also to note: Postdoctoral Fellowships - all together a different process - we have NOT as yet opened the call for applications for postdoctoral fellows. At this stage we have only asked supervisors if they wish to be listed as potential hosts / supervisors, and from the list we provided, what research areas should be listed next to their names. All listed supervisors, and their contact details, and areas of research, will be attached to the postdoc advert. So NO projects required at this stage.


For further information please contact:

Postgraduate Financial Aid
Tel: (046) 603 8755
email: pgfunding@ru.ac.za‌

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