Bursaries & scholarships

Research scholarships

The major sources of merit-based awards are the two state-funded Research Councils.


The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers the following:

Honours, Master's and Doctoral opportunities:

NRF Manuals
NRF Student Tutorial to Complete an APR for 2016
NRF Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Postgraduate and Fellowship Support
NRF Grants Manual: Study Support for Completing Part-Time Doctoral Students 2016
NRF Framework - Study Support for completing part-Time_Doctoral_Students

NRF Applications

Emerging Researchers (Scholarships and Fellowships) Submission of 2016 Annual Progress Reports for 2017 funding
UCT Internal Closing date: 30 June 2017

NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Development Fund Masters and Doctoral Scholarships Call for 2018
UCT Internal Closing date: 7 July 2017

Study Support for Completing Part-time Doctoral Studies Call for 2018
UCT Internal Closing date: 4 July 2017

NRF - TWAS Doctoral Scholarships & NRF - TWAS African Renaissance Doctoral Scholarships Call for 2018
UCT Internal Closing date: 4 July 2017


The Medical Research Council (MRC) offers the following:

For more information regarding the requirements for the two scholarships, please visit the Medical Research Council's website Opportunities for research training

Students who are eligible but fail to apply timeously for the appropriate Research Council bursary will not be considered for UCT bursary assistance.


University of Cape Town (UCT) Research Scholarships

UCT Research Scholarships are intended for students who are eligible for NRF (SET), NRF (SSH) and MRC bursaries but are unsuccessful with their applications.

Please refer to Booklet No.14 (see right column) full details.

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