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APPLYING TO UCT

Funding


Postgraduate degree funding

Applications & requirements

Application forms

Introduction

Various categories of funding provide support towards the cost of study at UCT. For students who will register for Honours, Masters and Doctoral degrees.

It is important to note that the University is not able to provide full-cost funding to postgraduate students. Scholarships and bursaries awarded will contribute towards the cost of study and applicants are advised to secure additional support.

Criteria for funding eligibility

To qualify for postgraduate funding, intending postgraduate students must first formally apply for an academic place at UCT. Only students registering for Honours, Masters and Doctoral degrees are eligible.

Students who register for postgraduate diplomas and certificates, the BArch, the LLB, or for the Undergraduate 4th year of any Bachelors degree are not eligible for UCT's postgraduate awards, and are referred to the Student Financial Aid Office. Students who intend to study for a second degree at the same level as one they already hold, (e.g., a second Honours degree) are also not eligible for funding.

With the exception of a small number of prestigious and full-cost fellowships, all UCT Scholarships are supplementary. Students who apply must have the means to fund their studies. Applicants must apply for admission through the UCT Admissions Office or the Faculty Office. Late applications are not accepted.

Part-time employment

The regulations governing the National Research Foundation (NRF), Medical Research Council (MRC) bursaries and UCT awards allows, but does not guarantee, some degree of concurrent part-time employment. Some departments may offer demonstratorships, teaching assistantships or research assistantships. The details can be obtained from the supervisor or head of department.

Tenures of scholarship and bursary assistance

All fellowships, scholarships and bursaries are subject to the following tenure:

Candidates requiring financial assistance must make every effort to complete their studies within the specified time frames. Funding will not be available beyond the above-mentioned tenures.

Note: Students studying for a second degree at the same level (e.g. honours graduate doing a second honours degree) are ineligible for UCT funding.

Applications for Renewal of all awards must be submitted annually by the relevant closing dates.

Application for admission to study and registration

Students applying for financial assistance who have not registered for the degree of their choice are reminded to do so, and should consult UCT's Admissions Office or relevant faculty office for the closing dates. The selection committees will only consider students whose full-time registration has been finalised.

International and Refugee Students

A limited number of awards are available to International and Refugee students. As there is only one call for applications each year, it is important that the application procedure is strictly adhered to.

NRF Postgraduate Conference Travel Grant Application
Application deadline: 6 weeks before departure

  • Applications during the month of August
  • 2015 NRF Renewable & Sustainable Energy Scholarships
    Applications close: 11 August 2014

    2015 The South African Square Kilometre Array Project (SKA SA) - Undergraduate and Honours Scholarship Programme Call for applications
    Applications close: 15 August 2015

    Grants For Women From Developing Countries - The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) 2015
    Application deadline: 15 August 2014

    The South African Square Kilometre Array Project - Call for applications for PhD and MSc Bursaries for 2015
    Application internal deadline: 20 August 2014

    University Of Cape Town Scholarship for International Travel - 2014
    Application deadline: 31 August 2014

    University Of Cape Town Conference Travel Grant - 2014
    Application deadline: 31 August 2014

    NRF-MRC Health Masters and Doctoral Scholarship Call for 2015
    Applications close: 30 August 2014


    NRF-MRC Health Masters and Doctoral Scholarships Programme Funding Manual 2015


  • Applications during the month of September
  • The David and Elaine Potter Fellowships 2015
    Application deadline: 15 September 2014

  • Applications during the month of October
  • 2014 Form 10A (PGA 1): Application for Financial Assistance for Postgraduate (Honours, Masters & Doctoral) Students in 2014
    Application deadline: 31 October 2013

    2015 Form 10A (PGA 1): Application for Financial Assistance for Postgraduate (Honours, Masters & Doctoral) Students in 2015
    Application deadline: 31 October 2014

    2015 NRF Honours Scholarships And Fellowships Programme For Financial Support (FORM 10E)
    Application deadline 31 october 2014

  • Applications during the month of February 2015
  • The University Of Cape Town Doctoral Package Project - 2015
    Application deadline: 28 February 2015

    Please refer to Booklet No.14 Financial Assistance, etc for full details.

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