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Freestanding, Innovation, Scarce Skills Development Fund Honours Application Process for 2017 Support

Extended Closing Date: 31 January 2017

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are pleased to announce an application process for Honours’ and Bachelor of Technology (B Tech) bursaries in 2017 in the following funding categories: NRF Free-standing; Innovation and Scarce Skills Development Fund.

Historically, students requesting NRF bursaries for Honours’ and final year B Tech studies applied directly to the university where he/she intended to pursue studies. In order to comply with good corporate governance, the NRF is implementing a standardised application form and process for all Honours and final year B Tech students to submit an application on the NRF Online Submission system. Institutions will use a standard score card provided by the NRF to evaluate eligible applications, before selecting and nominating students to take up the allocated bursaries. Awards will continue to be made to institutions through a block grant allocation based on budget availability.

For more details, applicants must read the NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Development Fund (SSDF) Honours bursaries Framework Document which highlights the eligibility criteria and requirements for the bursaries.

Application and Nomination Process:

  • The DA will process all eligible applications for consideration under the selection process.
  • Institutions will recommend students for a bursary award on the NRF Online Submission System, based on the Block Grant allocation to each institution and set equity targets.  This process will take place from 20 February 2017 to 24 March 2017.
  • Recommended students must be approved by the NRF.
  • DAs must upload and submit to the NRF, the signed Conditions of Grant (CoGs) and proof of registration (PoR) documents for all approved students, no later than 28 April 2017.
  • Unspent or unclaimed institutional funds under this allocation will automatically be cancelled by 30 June 2017.

NRF Contact Persons

For programme related enquiries, please contact:
Ms Fulufhelo Malamatsho
Professional Officer – Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD)
Telephone: 012 481 4166 / Email: fulufhelo.malamatsho@nrf.ac.za

Mr Mduduzi Tshabangu
Professional Officer – Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD)
Telephone: 012 481 4148 / Email: mduduzi.tshabangu@nrf.ac.za

For Grant Management and System Administration related enquiries, please contact:
Ms Thandeka Mthethwa
Liaison Officer – Grant Management and System Administration (GMSA)
Telephone: 012 481 4163 / E-mail: thandeka.mthethwa@nrf.ac.za

Opening Date: 
Tuesday, 20 September, 2016
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, 31 January, 2017