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:

NRF Postgraduate Scholarship for 2021 - NOW CLOSED


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.