- Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers- Funding provided on a competitive basis for unrated researchers.
- NRF Freestanding, DST Innovation, Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships- Fellowships for post-doctoral research within South African for both foreign and South African fellows and support for South Africans citizens that want to pursue post-doctoral studies abroad.
- Professional Development Programme ( Post- doctoral Support)- Development programme to build capacity within Science Councils, National Facilities and other recognized research associated institutions in South Africa (excluding universities).
- Thuthuka: Post-PhD Track- Institutional support for staff members to be supported towards post-doctoral studies and improve educational capacities within institutions.
- Thuthuka: NRF Rating Track- Support for NRF Rated Researchers.
- Research Career Awards- A five year post-doctoral research grant at an institution for career and research development and support. It is the intention of the programme to prepare the candidate for NRF rating through career development.