11 June 2018.



South Africa.

(Partially Funded)


The National Research Foundation (NRF) has opened the call for applications for masters and doctoral scholarships for full-time studies in 2019 at the University of South Africa (UNISA). The University is the largest university on the African continent and attracts a third of all higher education students in South Africa.

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The scholarships are intended to support master’s and doctoral candidates to pursue research studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities, including Priority Research Areas at public universities.

Specializations for studying on this opportunity:

  • Science.
  • Engineering.
  • Technology.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries



Program Period

Master’s: 2 years.
Doctoral: 3 years.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

NRF-TWAS doctoral applicants:

  • Must register at a South African public university in 2019 on a full-time basis and may be based at Science Councils and National Research Facilities.
  • Citizens and permanent residents from developing countries in and outside Africa. South Africans are not eligible to apply.
  • May not be living, studying or working in South Africa at the time of application.
  • Must be thirty-five (35) years or younger on the 31st of December of the year of application for the doctoral scholarship.
  • Visa and immigration laws of the applicant’s home country and South Africa must be met by the applicant. The applicant must secure his/her own Visa or study permit under the programme for study in South Africa. Neither NRF nor TWAS will be responsible for assisting with visa requirements.

Extension Support applicants:

  • Full-time master’s or doctoral studies in South Africa are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants applying for extension support at master’s level should have commenced their degree in 2017.
  • Applicants applying for extension support at doctoral level should have commenced their degrees in 2016.
  • Must be current recipients of NRF scholarships for the current degree in 2018. Extensions will only be provided under exceptional circumstances and will only be granted for six (6) or twelve (12) months as the NRF expects all students to complete their qualifications within regulation time.

Masters and Doctoral applicants:

  • SA citizens, SA permanent residents as well as a limited percentage of foreign nationals who will register at a South African public university in 2019 on a full-time basis.
  • NRF master’s scholarship-holders who wish to register for Doctoral degrees in 2019 must apply for funding.
  • SASAC doctoral scholarships, details of the proposed research must demonstrate clear alignment with IIASA’s research programmes and national research priority areas.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

Value of the award:

  • Merit Review-value Scholarship
    • Master’s – R90 000 for 2 years
    • Doctoral – R120 000 for 3 years
  • Institutional Nomination Scholarship
    • Master’s – R50 000 for 2 years
    • Doctoral  – R70 000 for 3 years 

How to Apply

First Step: All applications must be submitted on the NRF Online system at

Second Step: Further instructions on the application process will be made available in the Application and Funding Guide for the Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for Full-time studies.

Third Step: First time and extension support applicants must attach the following documents in the Attachment section of the online application:

  • Certified South African Identity Document or Passport in the case of foreign nationals;
  • Certified academic record.
  • In the case of applicants with outstanding fees due to the university, applicants are required to attach an official letter from the university confirming their first year of registration for the degree and indicates that the student still has outstanding fees owed to the university.
  • Proof of National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) or University Financial Aid funding for applicants who have indicated that they were previously funded by NSFAS.
  • In the case that an applicant has indicated disability under the application, the applicant is required to upload proof of the disability.

Fourth Step: All NRF-TWAS Doctoral applicants must attach the following documents in the Attachment section of the online application:

  • Certified copy of their Passport;
  • Proof of evaluation of all foreign qualifications (obtained from non-South African universities) evaluated by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) or proof that the applicant has submitted his/her qualifications for evaluation to SAQA.
  • English language proficiency certificate (if available at the time of the application). If not available, this will be required before NRF funds are released to the student.
  • Acceptance letter from the South African university and a motivation from the prospective Doctoral supervisor.
  • Certified academic record translated into English.

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This Scholarship Published by:
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