Call for Applications – NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for 2022 Academic Year

Call for Applications – NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for 2022 Academic Year

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call of new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2022 academic year. All continuing students who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application.

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 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 or equal 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. 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.

The NRF has phased out the block grant nomination process as well as the grant-holder linked modalities of funding postgraduate students in 2020. All the postgraduate students will be expected to apply on the NRF Online Submission System by accessing the link: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/No manual applications will be accepted.

Students’ Applications Closing Date: Universities will set their own internal cut-off dates for students’ applications and the applicants must abide by those dates.

Please refer to the application and funding guide and framework documents when completing the online application form at every step of the process.
The Call documents are available on this page: https://www.nrf.ac.za/bursaries/framework-documents/bursaries-framework-documents.

For enquiries, applicants’ are encouraged to contact the Research or Postgraduate offices at their universities. Should there still be a need to contact the NRF, below are the contact persons and details:

For General First-time Master’s and Doctoral including DAAD related enquiries, please contact:
Ms Kgaugelo Molepo
Professional Officer – HICD
Telephone: 012 481 4148
Email Address: kgaugelo.molepo@nrf.ac.za

For Master’s and Doctoral Extension Support related enquiries, please contact:
Ms Busisiwe Sibiya
Professional Officer – HICD
Telephone: 012 481 4166
Email Address: busisiwe.sibiya@nrf.ac.za

For General Honours related enquiries, please contact:
Mr Lehlogonolo Phaahla
Professional Officer – HICD
Telephone: 012 481 4315
Email Address: lehlogonolo.phaahla@nrf.ac.za

For SASAC and Nuffic related enquiries, please contact:
Mr Nelson Komane: Professional Officer – HICD
Telephone: 012 481 4219
Email Address: nelson@nrf.ac.za

For First-time SARChI Honours, Master’s and Doctoral related enquiries, please contact:
Ms Andisiwe Jukuda
Professional Officer – RCCE
Telephone: 012 481 4113
Email Address: andisiwe.jukuda@nrf.ac.za

For First-time CoEs Honours, Master’s and Doctoral related enquiries, please contact:
Ms Malekgotla Finger
Professional Officer – RCCE
Telephone: 012 481 4003
Email Address: malekgotla.finger@nrf.ac.za

For NRF-SARAO Postgraduate scholarships related enquiries, please contact:
Annah Mashemola: Professional Officer – HCD NRF-SARAO
Telephone: 012 442 2434
Email Address: amashemola@ska.ac.zaOpening Date: Thursday, 8 April, 2021Closing Date: Friday, 31 December, 2021

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