Bursaries & scholarships

Travel scholarships

As part of its commitment to provide a high-quality postgraduate experience, UCT makes available limited mobility grants to help registered master’s and doctoral students to attend conferences or further research at approved universities. 
The following awards are available to students:

Scarbrow Bursary Fund, to support study in 2020 of recognised postgraduate degrees at universities in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the USA, Canada and in any recognised university in Europe
Closing date: 30 January 2020


UCT conference travel grants - Click here to download
Closing dates for 2020:
For travel between May and October 2020 the closing date is the 21 February.
For travel between November 2020 and April 2021 of the following year the closing date is 23 August .

The Selection Committee meets in March and September.

Application for conference travel are now OPEN for travel between May and October 2020 the closing date is the 21 February

The purpose of UCT's conference travel grants is to provide an opportunity for doctoral and master’s students to present a paper or talk at a conference.

To comply with the conditions of this grant, student must:

(a) have their papers accepted

(b) confirm that they have secured the balance of funds to undertake their trip

(c) on completion of the conference and return to UCT they must submit a travel report on their experience, its impact on their research and potential publications that may arise from it.

The conference travel grant process consists of 2 rounds of application. Applicants must meet to the following criteria:

  • Master’s students in the FIRST year of study, who intend to submit early in the 2nd year, can apply in the 2nd semester of the 1st year if they can provide strong motivation and on receipt of evidence that they will submit before the first semester of the next year.

  • Master’s students in the 1st year of study can apply in their 1st year to travel to a conference in the SECOND year of study. 

  • Master’s students in the SECOND year of study.

  • Master’s students must be registered for a degree that has a research component of 50% or more

  • Doctoral students who will attend a conference in the SECOND or THIRD YEARS of study. Doctoral students who successfully apply in the THIRD year of study may use their grants in the 4th year of study on condition that they are registered at the time of the conference.

  • Doctoral students who are registered for the 4th year of study at the time of application are ineligible however, doctoral students enrolled in structured four-year programmes are eligible to apply;

  • Successful applicants must be registered students of the University of Cape Town for the full duration of their conference stay.

  • Students who have UPGRADED from Master’s to Doctoral study are eligible in the FIRST AND SECOND years of registration as a Doctoral student only.   Evidence of the Upgrade must be provided.

  • It must be noted that the Postgraduate Studies Funding Committee reserves the right to give preference to applicants who have not attended an international conference in the last 3 years.


Scholarships for international travel - Click here to download
Closing dates for 2020:
Students applying to travel abroad in March/April, May, June, July, and August, September/October must submit their applications by no later than 28 February.
Students applying to travel abroad in October, November, December 2020 and January, February and March/April 2021 of the following year must submit their applications by no later than 23 August. The Selection Committee meets in March and September.
The Selection Committee meets in March and September.

Application for Scholarship for international travel is NOW OPEN for travel abroad between March/April and September/October 2020 the closing date is the 28 February.

The above scholarships are available to assist master's and doctoral students to visit an approved international institution for purposes of:

  • conducting research that ordinarily cannot be undertaken at UCT or for

  • attendance at specific and approved courses contributing substantively to their research project

The awards are intended for individual senior students to enhance the research activities being conducted for the completion of a degree.

There are 2 rounds of applications/awards per annum and students may apply for support for a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 10 months.

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