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.


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Funding Calls Updated 2020/01/06

NRF & Other Funding Calls NWU Closing Date NRF Closing Date Designated Authority
NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarship tba tba Heide Goedhals
NRF Extension Support for Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for 2021 tba tba Heide Goedhals
NRF Doctoral Scholarships for 2021 (First time applicant) tba tba Heide Goedhals
NRF Masters Scholarships for 2021 (First time applicant) tba tba Heide Goedhals
NRF Honours and final year B Tech Bursaries for 2021 tba tba Heide Goedhals


Calls for Annual Progress Reports

This call is now open.

The NWU internal closing date for this call is 31 January 2020. (Progress reports must be submitted on the NRF system on/before this date).
Queries for Research grants progress reports should be directed to Phathizwe Gwebu 018 289 2377
Queries for Freestanding scholarship progress reports should be directed to Tshanduko Tshilongo 018 210 3166.
Queries for Block grants and Grantholder-linked Grants progress reports should be directed to Peter Monyelo at 018 299 4912.

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