Fully Funded TWAS-NRF Doctoral Fellowship Programme for Study in South Africa

Fully Funded TWAS-NRF Doctoral Fellowship Programme for Study in South Africa

  • South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) working in partnership with UNESCO-TWAS to advance science in developing countries through the NRF-TWAS Doctoral Fellowships.

    Programme Details

  • TWAS-NRF Doctoral Fellowships are tenable at research institutions in South Africa for a maximum period of three years. They are awarded to scientists from developing countries (other than South Africa) to enable them to pursue PhD research in the natural sciences.

  • Awarded candidates under TWAS-NRF Doctoral Fellowships will be provided Partial Cost of Study (PCS) funding and this will only cover tuition fees and accommodation costs for a maximum of R101 196 per annum per student. Additionally, the NRF will cover cheapest return economy flight and the visa and/or study permit costs for TWAS-NRF doctoral awarded candidates.


    Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • Be citizens and permanent residents from developing countries on the African continent and elsewhere;

  • Must not be living, studying or working in South Africa in 2022;

  • Applicants who were previously employed or studying towards a degree, or undertaking research in South Africa, and have returned to their country of origin, but have been in their
    country of origin for less than two (2) years, are not eligible to apply;

  • Must have obtained an MSc degree in a field of natural sciences;

  • Must have obtained minimum of 65% at the masters’ level in order to apply for doctoral funding;

  • Must register at a South African public university in 2023, on a full-time basis and may be based at any of the 26 South African public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Find the updated list at the bottom of this page;

  • Must be a maximum of 32 years of age by 31 December of the year of application;

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Fully Funded TWAS-NRF Doctoral Fellowship Programme for Study in South Africa

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