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Postgraduate degree funding

Bursaries & scholarships

UCT merit & need awards

Despite active steps taken by UCT, it is impossible to support all needy postgraduate students. Financially needy students are those whose family income amounts to R200 000 per annum or less. Students applying for need will be considered but must ensure that they are able to provide some contribution towards their studies via their own resources, external bursaries or part-time employment.

The following criteria have to be met:

Bursaries are not available for diplomas, certificates, the LLB or the HDE & BArch degree.

The bursary value may vary.

2017 UCT Application for Financial Assistance for South African & Permanent Residents Postgraduate (Honours, Master's & Doctoral) students Open - 1 July and will close 31 October 2016.

Students must note that:

The university cannot consider assistance for the cost of dependants. Only the applicant's assessed personal and academic costs are taken into account. Section 4 (see booklet under Download) lists awards administered independently of UCT and enquiries should be directed to the administrators/trustees indicated.

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

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Contact us

Postgraduate Centre & Funding Office:
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View Policies on Funding for Postgraduate Students at UCT


Booklet 14 Financial Assistance for Postgraduate Study & Postdoctoral Research handbook (2016/2017)

UCT Booklet 14

Helpful websites if you're searching for International or Local Scholarships

NRF Call for 2015 Annual Progress Reports for 2016 Funding

2015 Year-End Progress Report

Year-End Progress Report

2017 Online Renewal Table

Online Renewal Table

Your A-Z Guide to the Postgraduate Experience at UCT 2014

Your A-Z Guide to the Postgraduate Experience at UCT 2014

Funding your Postgraduate Studies at UCT (brochure)

Funding your Postgraduate Studies at UCT