National Research Foundation Masters And Doctoral Scholarships And Bursaries

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The NRF is South Africa’s major research funding agency providing grants to researchers undertaking research projects (grantholders) as well as scholarships/bursaries to support honours, Master’s and doctoral students with a research component of at least 50%.

Types of Bursaries:

The NRF provides two types of student support:

  • Free-standing scholarships and fellowships.
  • Grantholder-linked assistantships and bursaries.

    Free-standing scholarships and fellowships will be awarded directly to students undertaking fulltime study toward a research degree, on a competitive basis.

    Students must apply for these awards themselves at set times during the year, and they remain responsible for the submission of all required documentation.

    Grantholder-linked (GHL) assistantships and bursaries will be granted to researchers within their NRF grants and may be awarded to students selected by NRF grant-holders who are linked to their research plans, subject to eligibility.

    Students are nominated by the faculties.

    Students should therefore make inquires from the faculties on the specific process to be nominated.


  • South Africans citizens
  • Full time studys

    Deadline: 31st July

    For more information and application, visit: National Research Foundation Masters And Doctoral Scholarships And Bursaries Website
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