There are various funding opportunities for which students can apply to support their studies at the NWU. 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.

Please note the following: 

  • There are downloadable PDF documents that vary in file size available on this page.
  • Some funding calls may have an internal closing date (which is always earlier than the call closing date) PLEASE ADHERE TO THE INTERNAL CLOSING DATE
  • Applicants should view and read call documents and guidelines thoroughly before submitting an application
  • If you have any questions, there are dedicated staff members in the Research Support department to assist you

Below is a list of different funding opportunities that are available to those candidates who comply with the minimum requirements.

UCDG 2021: Postgraduate Supervision Workshops - Dr Erik Hofstee

Kindly receive this call for a three-day contact session postgraduate supervision workshop of emerging and established researchers who are currently or looking to supervise M & D students.
Priority will be given to first-time applicants and candidates with <3 years supervision experience. The workshops are scheduled as follow:

  • Vanderbijlpark Campus: 24 - 26 May 2021
  • Potchefstroom Campus: 22 - 24 June 2021
  • Mahikeng Campus: 24 - 26 August 2021
  • Potchefstroom Campus: 19 - 21 October 2021

Interested applicants should forward their application forms to Research Support Department (Mr Phathizwe Gwebu on Email 25520245@nwu.ac.za ) as soon as possible.

Call for applications: L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science - closing date: 21 June 2021

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Fullbright scholar programme information session (research funding for faculty)

Fullbright foreign student programme information session (MA/PhD research funding)

Open grants

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Mobility Grant for outgoing academic visits in 2021

Kindly receive this call for funding (maximum R40 000/applicant) made available in support of the enhancement of research profiles of emerging and established researchers/academic staff members - specifically to obtain / improve their NRF rating status in the near future.

Priority will be given to first-time applicants and candidates with the intent to apply in the upcoming round (Feb 2022) after which those aiming at subsequent rounds (Feb 2023 and 2024) will be considered.
 
The signed application form, after obtaining all the relevant signatures, should be submitted to the Research Support Department (MPE Meintjes) as soon as possible.

NORPART 2022-2026 - Call for appliations

This could be of interest to institution who have partners in Norway.
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  • It is a call for applications for funding of projects between higher education institutions in Norway and selected partner countries, under the Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART).
  • The project period is from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2026.
  • The submission deadline for applications is 27 May 2021.
  • The applicant must be an accredited Norwegian higher education institution.

CALL for Kerlick Research Publication Retreats/Workshops 2021 for NWU staff members

Research Support, in collaboration with Kerlick Editorial & Research Solutions will again be hosting the popular Research Publication Retreats/Workshops for staff members of the NWU during 2021.

 

Please find attached the following documents:

  • An Overview, which describes the Kerlick workshops available during 2021;
  • The 2021 Schedule with dates of all the workshops that will be presented during 2021: Three introductory Workshop A’s and five Workshop B article-writing retreats have been planned. (Workshop B can be attended only by participants who have already attended a Workshop A.)
  • Background details of the Kerlick Facilitators;
  • An Application Form; you may apply to participate at any time, as early as you wish. After receiving the application form, the workshop coordinator will send you further details, as well as a registration form for completion to confirm your intention to attend the workshop. (This application and confirmation process forms the basis for our planning.)
  • A Poster with relevant dates

The introductory Workshop A’s will be conducted virtually, via Zoom.

The Workshop B retreats will either be conducted via Zoom or face-to-face at campus venues, depending on the levels of interest on the different campuses and on the number of participants. The venue for each Workshop B will be confirmed at a later stage. In the case of venue-based face-to-face retreats, you are welcome to attend on any campus where the workshop is presented - irrespective of where you are stationed. However, travel and accommodation expenses will be for your own account.

If you would like to attend any of the scheduled workshops, please send the completed application form as soon as possible to Mr Melvin Mothoa

  • Workshop A-1: 17-19 + 20/21 May 2021
    Due date for submission of Application Form: 28 April 2021
    Due date for submission of confirmatory Registration Form & Advance Preparation: 4 May 2021 by 12H00 Afternoon
     
  • Workshop A-2: 28-30 June + 1/2 July 2021
    Due date for submission of Application Form: 24 May 2021
    Due date for submission of confirmatory Registration Form & Advance Preparation: 11 June 2021
     
  • Workshop A-3: 16-18 +19/20 August 2021
    Due date for submission of Application Form: 12 July 2021
    Due date for submission of confirmatory Registration Form & Advance Preparation: 30 July 2021
     
  • Workshop B-1: 26-30 July 2021
    Due date for submission of Application Form: 28 June 2021
    Due date for submission of confirmatory Registration Form & Advance Preparation: 9 July 2021
     
  • Workshop B-2: 30 August - 3 September 2021
    Due date for submission of Application Form: 26 July 2021
    Due date for submission of confirmatory Registration Form & Advance Preparation: 13 August 2021
     
  • Workshop B-3: 27 September - 1 October 2021
    Due date for submission of Application Form: 30 August 2021
    Due date for submission of confirmatory Registration Form & Advance Preparation: 10 September 2021
     
  • Workshop B-4: 25 - 29 October 2021
    Due date for submission of Application Form: 27 September 2021
    Due date for submission of confirmatory Registration Form & Advance Preparation: 8 October 2021
     
  • Workshop B-5: 15 - 19 November 2021
    Due date for submission of Application Form: 11 October 2020
    Due date for submission of confirmatory Registration Form & Advance Preparation: 29 October 2021

Please note: The first workshop of the year is scheduled for 17-19+20/21 May 2021, which means that you will have to send your application form as soon as possible but before/on 28 April 2021 to avoid possible disappointment. The same process is followed for applying and confirming attendance at all the 2021 article-writing workshops You will need to confirm your intention to attend the workshop after returning the application form, and then submit the applicable advance preparation (either for Workshop A or for Workshop B) on or before the deadline. You will receive details after you have completed and submitted your application form.

Call for Applications: NRF postgraduate student funding for the 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, framework documents and frequently asked questions 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 first-time master’s and doctoral including DAAD related enquiries, please contact:  
Ms Kgaugelo Molepo: Professional Officer – HICD
Tel: 012 481 4148.
Email: kgaugelo.molepo@nrf.ac.za

For master’s and doctoral extension support related enquiries, please contact:  
Ms Busisiwe Sibiya: Professional Officer – HICD
Tel: 012 481 4166
Email: busisiwe.sibiya@nrf.ac.za

For general honours related enquiries, please contact:  
Mr Lehlogonolo Phaahla: Professional Officer – HICD
Tel: 012 481 4315
Email: lehlogonolo.phaahla@nrf.ac.za

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

For first-time SARChI honours, master’s and doctoral related enquiries, please contact:  
Ms Andisiwe Jukuda: Professional Officer – RCCE
Tel: 012 481 4113
Email: andisiwe.jukuda@nrf.ac.za

For first-time CoEs honours, master’s and doctoral related enquiries, please contact:  
Ms Malekgotla Finger: Professional Officer – RCCE
Tel: 012 481 4003
Email: malekgotla.finger@nrf.ac.za

For NRF-SARAO postgraduate scholarships related enquiries, please contact:  
Annah Mashemola: Professional Officer, HCD, NRF-SARAO
Tel: 012 442 2434
Email: amashemola@ska.ac.za
 
NB: Queries for honours and master's scholarships may be directed to Boitumelo Mdluli: 34421025@nwu.ac.za / 0182994892
Queries for doctoral scholarships may be directed to Funanani Lavhelani: 26720019@nwu.ac.za / 0182994789

Applications are submitted online on the NRF System by accessing the link: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/

The table below indicates the submission dates of applications:

NRF POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2022

Funding opportunity Internal submission deadline NWU contact person
Honours scholarships 29 October 2021 Boitumelo Mdluli: 34421025@nwu.ac.za / 0182994892
Master's scholarships 18 June 2021 Boitumelo Mdluli: 34421025@nwu.ac.za / 0182994892
Master's extension support scholarships 18 June 2021 Boitumelo Mdluli: 34421025@nwu.ac.za / 0182994892
Doctoral scholarships 18 June 2021 Funanani Lavhelani: 26720019@nwu.ac.za / 0182994789
Doctoral extension support scholarships 18 June 2021 Funanani Lavhelani: 26720019@nwu.ac.za / 0182994789
Nuffic doctoral abroad scholarships (split side) 18 June 2021 Funanani Lavhelani: 26720019@nwu.ac.za / 0182994789
SARAO honours, master's and doctoral scholarships 16 July 2021 Boitumelo Mdluli: 34421025@nwu.ac.za / 0182994892

All academic staff: Invitation to apply for SoTL funding

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UCDG 2021 Advancing higher degree qualifications of emerging researchers (DHET)

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Briefing meeting presentation - NRF call for proposals for 2021/22: Thuthuka and Black Academics Advancement Programme

On 8 February 2021 the NRF announced the Call for Proposals for 2021/22, including the call for funding for the Thuthuka and the Black Academics Advancement Programme (BAAP) for emerging researchers for the 2022 academic year.

The NRF hosted two virtual briefing meetings for the Thuthuka and the Black Academics Advancement Programme (BAAP). There was an overwhelming request to share the presentation with participants, which focuses on the application requirements and the application and review process for these two funding opportunities.

The Framework, Funding and Application Guide documents as well as the General Application Guide are available on the NRF website at https://www.nrf.ac.za/funding/framework-documents. Applications must be submitted electronically on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

For enquiries please contact:
Ms Maphuti Madiga, Professional Officer: Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD), at telephone: (012) 481 4150 or email: maphuti.madiga@nrf.ac.za

Funding opportunities from the Fogarty International Center at NIH

NIH funding opportunities for which foreign organisations, foreign components of US organisations and/or other foreign components may apply:

Call for MA scholarships 2021-2022 (VLIR-UOS)

The Belgian agency VLIR-UOS has launched the new call for scholarships for master programmes for the academic year 2021-2022. Candidates from 31 scholarship countries can apply. 

The application for academic admission and the scholarship (combined application) should be send to the Flemish universities directly (not to VLIR-UOS!). In case of any questions regarding the selection procedure, interested candidates should therefore address the university where they wish to follow one of the available master programme. Questions concerning the scholarship can be directed to info@vliruos.be.

International scholarships: Switzerland, Canada, Korea, Mauritius, Netherlands, Taiwan

Invitation to register details in African Scientists Directory

With funding from the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) of South Africa, the International Science Council (ISC) Regional Office for Africa (ROA), in collaboration with the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the African Academy of Science (AAS), the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner (TWAS-SAREP) have developed an African Scientists Directory. This directory is generally envisaged to serve as a dynamic platform that contains information on African experts in the natural and social sciences, humanities, engineering and mathematics, residing within and outside the continent, which would make it easy to identify, engage and co-design as well as carry out research across disciplines, countries and regions of the continent and beyond.
 
In essence, it is an online database, hosted on the ASSAf server and self-operable using the link: http://africanscientists.africa/. Access is open to scientists from all categories with a doctorate or equivalent qualification.
 
With this background, we invite you to help us create a vibrant and well-connected African science community through registering your details in this directory to among others collaborate, build trust, increase impact and connect.
 
Please be advised that registration is free of charge and personal information such as your email address and phone number/s will not be displayed and shared with any third party. Initial contact between listed scientists will be done by means of an electronic form and the scientist is at liberty to accept or decline any opportunities sent to him/her.
 
You are welcome to reach out to Ms Bongiwe Zwane at bongiwe@assaf.org.za should you have any questions or require assistance in this regard.

Post-Funding

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.