The National Research Foundation was established as an independant government agency, through the National Research Foundation Act [Act No.23 of 1998].
The NRF receives its mandate from the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998, as amended). According to Section 3 of the Act, the object of the NRF is to contribute to national development by:
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Deputy Chief Executive Officer: National Research Infrastructure Platforms.
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DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2024 Academic Year
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Africa’s leading research facility for accelerator based science. Probing fundamental structure and the origins of matter; Advancing the understanding of condensed matter; Impacting the Societal need through provision for the health and environmental sector
The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences is the continents' biggest facility for particle and nuclear research.
The SAAO is a national facility of the NRF and the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa.
SAEON is a national platform for detecting, translating and predicting environmental change.
SAIAB provides unique skills and infrastructure support in marine, estuarine and freshwater ecosystems research, molecular research, collections and bioinformatics.
SARAO is a national facility of the NRF and incorporates radio astronomy instruments and programmes such as MeerKAT and KAT-7 telescopes in the Karoo, (HartRAO) in Gauteng...
South Africa’s innovation revolution must assist in solving our society’s deep and pressing socio-economic challenges. Global competitiveness, shrinking resource availability, and the requirements of a skilled labour force mean that, increasingly, an awareness and understanding of why science and research are critical to our lives is essential for developing an innovation culture.
Within the next five years, the aim is to begin to more fully embed engagement in and with science in the core NRF missions of supporting and promoting new knowledge and growing new knowledge workers. This is led by the formulation of an acceptable NRF position on engaged research which will guide the NRF approach…
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The NRF provides leading-edge research infrastructure platforms that ensure that the national research enterprise has the requisite infrastructure to undertake globally competitive discovery science, train the next generation of researchers, support engagement with science by and with the public and promote innovation that positively impacts society, the environment, the economy.
The annual NRF Awards recognize and celebrate South African research excellence. The awards presented to researchers are in two categories, the ratings linked awards and special recognition awards.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) conducts its procurement of goods, services, and works in accordance with its Supply Chain Management Policy in a manner that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive, and cost-effective
The National Research Foundation (NRF) is guided by its Supply Chain Management Policy in its procurement of goods and services. The Policy sets out the prescripts issued by National Treasury with the exact note referenced in the footnotes. The Supply Chain Management policy adheres to the National Treasury’s prescribed supply chain system framework.
The NRF’s Supply Chain Management Policy and the conduct of supply chain management at the NRF seeks to give effect to section 217 of the South African Constitution which requires that all procurement of goods and services must be done in a manner that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective.
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The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call for new applications for DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the academic year 2024. 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 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 the postgraduate students will be expected to apply on the NRF Connect System by accessing the link: https://nrfconnect.nrf.ac.za/. No manual applications will be accepted.
NRF Postgraduate Call Documents 2024
DSI-NRF Extension Support for Master’s and Doctoral Application and Funding Guide for 2024
DSI-NRF Honours Application and Funding Guide for 2024
DSI-NRF Master’s and Doctoral Application and Funding Guide for 2024
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Scholarship Framework for 2024
Frequently Asked Questions_Postgraduate Funding
ISFAP – Application Consent Form
NRF Statement of expectation for Postgradute Training
SARAO Postgraduate Scholarships Application Guide 2024
Students’ Applications Closing Dates:
The Designated Authority (DA) Submission to NRF Closing Dates:
Please refer to the Application and Funding Guide and Framework documents when completing the online application form at every step of the process.
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 honours related enquiries, please contact:
Mr Lehlogonolo Phaahla: Professional Officer – HICD. Telephone: 012 481 4315.
Email Address: LA.Phaahla@risa.nrf.ac.za
For General First-time master’s and doctoral, and NRF-DAAD related enquiries, please contact:
Ms Kgaugelo Molepo: Professional Officer – HICD. Telephone: 012 481 4148.
Email Address: KJ.Molepo@risa.nrf.ac.za
For master’s and doctoral Extension Support, NRF-SASAC, PDP and NRF-SASOL related enquiries, please contact:
Ms Nontokozo Kunene: Professional Officer – HICD. Telephone: 012 481 4105
Email Address: NS.Kunene@risa.nrf.ac.za
For National Skills Fund and NRF-MINDS related enquiries, please contact:
Ms Busisiwe Sibiya: Professional Officer – HICD. Telephone: 012 481 4166
Email Address: BG.Sibiya@risa.nrf.ac.za
For Global Knowledge Partnerships related enquiries, please contact:
Mr Nelson Komane: Professional Officer – HICD. Telephone: 012 481 4219.
Email Address: SN.Komane@risa.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: AH.Jukuda@risa.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: MD.Finger@risa.nrf.ac.za
For NRF-SARAO postgraduate scholarships related enquiries, please contact:
Annah Mashemola: Professional Officer, HCD, NRF-SARAO. Telephone: 012 442 2434.
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