NRFNational Research Foundation 

The NRF provides various funding opportunities for postgraduate honours, master’s and doctoral students intending to study at UCT.

DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2025 Academic Year - NOW OPEN

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call for new applications for DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the academic year 2025. All continuing students with an NRF grant in 2024 who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application. Eligible students who do not have an NRF grant in 2024 should apply as first-time applicants.

The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. The entry age requirement is 28, 30 and 32 years or younger for honours, master’s, and doctoral studies respectively, in the year of application, regardless of first year of registration. Successful applicants will be funded either at Full Cost of Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS).

The FCS funding will be awarded to South African citizens and Permanent Residents only, who are either financially needy (i.e., those whose combined household family income is less than or equals to R350 000 per annum), living with a disability or exceptional academic achievers. However, the PCS funding will be awarded to 5% of international students including South African citizens and Permanent Residents who could not be funded under FCS but meet other minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria.

The scholarships are intended to support honours, master’s, and doctoral candidates to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

All applicants will be expected to apply online on the NRF Connect system. No manual applications will be accepted. Applicants may apply for one of the application categories listed below.

All continuing students with an NRF grant in 2024 who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application. Eligible students who do not have an NRF grant in 2024 should apply as first-time applicants.

APPLICATION CATEGORY

ONLINE APPLICATION NAME

UCT INTERNAL CLOSING DATE

First-time Masters 

Masters

05 July 2024

First-time Doctoral 

Doctoral

05 July 2024

Extension support for Masters and Doctoral Scholarships

Extension support for Master’s and Doctoral Scholarships

15 September 2024

SARAO: Masters

SARAO Masters

15 August 2024

SARAO: Doctoral

SARAO Doctoral

15 August 2024

SARAO: Honours

TBC

TBC

Honours (General) - Call will open in July 2024

TBC

30 September 2024

Honours applicants requiring ISFAP assessment should submit their applications by 02 September 2024.

Please refer to the Application and Funding Guide and Framework documents when completing the online application form at every step of the process.

Application and Funding Guide for NRF Masters and Doctoral Scholarships 2025

2025 DSI-NRF Postgraduate Scholarship Framework

Frequently Asked Questions

NRF Statement of expectation for Postgraduate Training

ISFAP – Application Consent Form

2025 SARAO Master’s Scholarships Application Guide

2025 SARAO Doctoral Scholarships Application Guide


Medical Research Council (MRC)

For more information regarding the requirements for the MRC's 2 scholarships, please visit the Medical Research Council's website.