There are various funding opportunities for which students can apply to support their studies at the NWU.  Below is a list of different funding opportunities that are available to those candidates who comply with the minimum requirements.

Candidates are advised to secure additional support, as the bursaries or scholarships are only a contribution and do not always cover the full costs of a postgraduate student.

Applicants must submit their applications on the National Research Foundation (NRF) online submission system at:

Please note: there are downloadable PDF documents that vary in file size available on this page.


Funding Calls Updated 2019/11/04

NRF & Other Funding Calls NWU Closing Date NRF Closing Date Designated Authority
NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarship CLOSED CLOSED Heide Goedhals
NRF Extension Support for Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for 2020 CLOSED CLOSED Heide Goedhals
NRF Doctoral Scholarships for 2020 (First time applicant) CLOSED CLOSED Heide Goedhals
NRF Masters Scholarships for 2020 (First time applicant) CLOSED CLOSED Heide Goedhals
NRF Honours and final year B Tech Bursaries for 2020 5 November 2019 5 December 2019 Heide Goedhals


Institutional Bursary

This call is now closed.  Please visit the website regularly for any updates that may follow.


Calls for Annual Progress Reports


This call is now closed.  Please visit the website regularly for any updates that may follow.



Emerging Researchers Development Programme

This call is now closed.  Please visit the website regularly for any updates that may follow.


This call is now closed. Please visit the website regularly for any updates that may follow.


CV update

Grant holders are requested to update their 2019 research outputs on their CV on the NRF online submission system at


The 2019 outputs will be listed in the annual progress reports and grant holders will be able to select the ones they wish to have included in the relevant annual progress report.




All students who received funding for master’s or doctoral degrees need to provide the NRF with information regarding their completed degree, as stated in the M&D agreement form that all grant holders sign before the NRF funds are released.

Once you have graduated, the following steps need to be taken to complete the post-funding NRF requirements:


1. Obtain your Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETC) link.

All NWU theses and dissertations are loaded onto Boloka, the NWU Institutional Repository.

Link to Boloka:


The process works as follows:

1.1 You hand in hard and electronic copies of your thesis/dissertation at the M&D offices.

1.2 After processing, the thesis/dissertation is sent to the library’s cataloguing section.

1.3 After the graduation ceremonies, the library’s cataloguing section receives the graduation booklet. With this booklet they start cataloguing the electronic theses and dissertations.

1.4 After theses and dissertations have been catalogued, they are loaded onto Boloka, which is where you will find your ETD link.

1.5 You have to search for your title on Boloka and obtain your ETD link.


If you have any queries or experience difficulties in accessing your ETD link, please contact


2.  Obtain your researcher  ID (ORCID)

Go to and register yourself.


3.  Gather the documents required by the NRF

As taken from the M&D agreement form:

Upon having been awarded the degree to which this scholarship pertains, the scholarship holder must submit the following to the NRF by the contractual date:

3.1 A photocopy of the title page.

3.2 A photocopy of the page that reflects acknowledgement of NRF support.

3.3 A summary of approximately 300 words on the findings (in English) for inclusion in the NEXUS database of current and completed research.

3.4 A written statement by the University that the dissertation/mini-thesis was accepted for degree purposes.

3.5 An electronic version of the thesis (ETD link).

The scholarship holder must acknowledge the financial assistance of the NRF as follows on the title page of the dissertation/mini-thesis as well as in all papers and publications that emanate from the study:


The financial assistance of the National Research Foundation (NRF) towards this research is hereby acknowledged. Opinions expressed and conclusions arrived at are those of the author and are not necessarily to be attributed to the NRF.


4.  Complete the NRF funded Thesis/Dissertation Requirements page:

Go to and provide the necessary information.  Please upload all the required documents here.


Please note the following:

  • Institutional Repository’s email:
  • Grantee email: Your email address
  • Thesis DOI/Handle: Boloka/ETD link


5.  The last step

Once you have completed your information on the NRF website, please notify Mrs Heide Goedhals by sending a confirmation email.



What is ORCID®?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identification) is an open, not-for-profit organisation with the aim of supplying a persistent and unique identifier – an ORCID ID – to any individual who is involved in research, scholarship and innovation activities.

Why do I need to register for ORCID®?

The NRF requires an ORCID ID when submitting funded research outputs as well as applying for funding opportunities. The NRF repository will use this unique identifier to link to publications and datasets in the future.

How do I register for ORCID®?


Follow this link to visit the NWU manuscript system to create a new ORCID ID. This system can also be used to link an existing ORCID ID. If you are unsure whether you already have an ORCID ID, search the ORCID registry on their website for your name.

Click here for a step-by-step guide through the registration and linking process.

Announcement of successful applications  Updated 2018/12/05



Names of the successfull candidates appear on the NRF outcomes, thee NRF will forward award letters to successful candidates.

Feedback to unsuccessful candidates will only be provided by end of March 2019, at the latest, due to processing of funding outcomes for various funding instruments.

Once you have received the conditions of grant (CoG), please read through the written agreement carefully before accepting the award.

All signed and completed documentation must be forwarded to the NRF via your Research Support Office.

Funds will only be released once the completed documentation has been received by the NRF.

Awards not taken up four months after awarding will be automatically cancelled, unless otherwise approved by the NRF.


Post Doctoral Fellowships

2019 Freestanding Post Doctoral Fellowships

2019 Innovation Post Doctoral Fellowships

2019 Scarce Skills Post Doctroral Fellowships


Doctoral Scholarships

DST Innovation, Priority Research Areas and DST-NRF Interns Doctoral Scholarships for 2019

Scarce Skills Development Fund Doctoral Scholarships for 2019

NRF-Sasol Doctoral Scholarships for 2019


Masters Scholarships

DST Innovation, Priority Research Areas and DST-NRF Interns Masters Scholarships for 2019

Scarce Skills Development Fund Masters Scholarships for 2019

NRF-Sasol Masters Scholarships for 2019


DAAD Scholarhips Masters & Doctoral for 2019

NRF-DAAD Masters & Doctoral Scholarships


Extension Scholarships for Masters & Doctoral for 2019

Extension Scholarships for Masters & Doctoral studies