Bursaries & scholarships

Research scholarships

The major sources of merit-based awards are the 2 state-funded research councils:

National Research Foundation

The NRF offers the following honours, master's and doctoral opportunities:

  • The applications will be screened for eligibility, and reviewed and scored by the institutions, and only eligible applications will be submitted to the NRF.
  • Each institutions will set their own internal closing dates/cut-off dates for submission of applications, which is be before the NRF’s deadline.
  • In order for an application to be considered for funding, applicants must ensure that they submit their applications on or before the institutional internal cut-off date. This will be communicated annually by the institution through various channels.

NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2022 Academic Year - CLOSED
Download - Powerpoint presentation on Eligibility and Application process

Please refer to the application and funding guide and framework documents (as listed below) when completing the online application form at every step of the process


Medical Research Council (MRC)

For more information regarding the requirements for the MRC's 2 scholarships, please visit the Medical Research Council's website.

CSIR - DST Inter- Programme

Application closed

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.

Students who are eligible but fail to apply in time for the appropriate research council bursary will not be considered for UCT bursary assistance.

Please refer to booklet 14 (see Downloads) for full details.