The Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) introduced the Innovation Bursary Scheme (IBS) for the provision of financial support to students at Master’s and Doctoral study levels.
The scheme seeks to address blockages (including low retention and throughput rates) in the Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) human capital development.
Supports Masters and Doctoral students in specific innovation areas aligned with national priorities and the DST’s Grand Challenges.
These will include but are not limited to biotechnology, cellular and molecular biology, engineering disciplines, computing science, physics and astronomy, mathematical sciences, nanotechnology, chemistry, earth sciences, ecology and medical sciences.
The bursaries will be awarded only to South African citizens and permanent residents studying full-time at South African Universities and Universities of Technology.
Master’s students will be receiving R60, 000 per annum for two years.
In addition each student may access a once- off allocation of R10, 000 for conference attendance or a study visit during the course of the two years.
Doctoral students will receive R90, 000 per annum for three years.
In addition each student may access a maximum of R40 000 for international study visits or conference presentations, and up to R15 000 for local conference attendance within the three-year period.
NRF Free-standing Scholarships:
The NRF’s scholarships provide a means of contributing towards human resource development by providing bursaries, scholarships and fellowships to postgraduate students, based on merit and potential.
Free-standing scholarships are made available to outstanding students in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) as well as Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) to work towards obtaining a research-based Master’s degree, Doctoral degree in South Africa or doctoral degree abroad (for South African citizens only).
Free-standing scholarships and fellowships are awarded directly to students undertaking fulltime study, on a competitive basis.
Master’s students will be receiving R40 000 for two years.
Doctoral students will receive R60 000 for three years.
Student may access US $ 12 000 for studying abroad.
Students may access a once off travel grant of R 5 000 during tenure of Master’s, Doctoral studies.
For More Information and Application, Please Visit;NRF Masters and Doctoral Scholarships Website