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UCT merit and need awards FAQ

  • Who is eligible to apply for funding via a 10A application form for Honours?

    South African (or permanent resident) students who are applying for their first year of an honours degree in 2019 are eligible to apply.

    Only students registering towards a full-time honours degree are eligible for funding: they must not work more than 20 hours per week. Professional degrees such as the BCom (Hons) in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management (FAPM), or any other university-designated part-time programme, are not eligible.

    Students registering for a fourth year of a bachelor's degree, MbChB, LLB, postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma are also not eligible to apply for funding via 10A. These students should consult with the undergraduate student Financial Aid Office.

    Note that most of the awards administered via the 10A application require that you have applied for NRF funding. This is a requirement for the UCT merit award and the UCT full financial aid award, for example.

  • When will I hear about the outcome of my 10A application for honours funding?

    Prospective 2019 honours students who have been accepted by their department will be informed of the outcome of their 10A honours funding application via email by mid-January.

  • What funding can I be awarded via a 10A honours application?

    There are a range of awards administered through 10A which have a variety of values. This includes UCT funding for financial need and merit awards. Eligibility is assessed for financial need awards using the same criteria as for undergraduate financial support. Students who qualify for financial need, may receive a full cost of attendance bursary or a bursary that covers a percentage of their tuition fees. Depending on the availability of funds, priority will be given to black South African (ie. black African, Coloured or Indian) and permanent resident students.

    Students who qualify for a UCT merit award but not for a financial need award will receive an amount of R20 000.

    Students may also be eligible for several other awards administered through 10A from donor funds, which range in value.

  • Who is eligible to apply for funding through a 10A application form for master's and doctoral studies?

    South African (or permanent resident) students who are applying for their first year of study in 2019 are eligible for funding administered through 10A. Students who will be in their second year of master’s, or second/third year of doctoral studies in 2019 are also eligible. Note that students who have already received funding through a 10A application for their current degree are normally excluded. The exception to this guideline is that a student may reapply for 10A funding if they can show that their circumstances have changed since their last application.

    You must have applied for NRF funding to be eligible for a UCT merit or full financial aid award. If you have not applied for NRF funding, you may be eligible for other more limited sources of funding administered through the 10A form.

    Only students registering towards a full-time master's or doctoral degree are eligible.

    Students registering for a fourth year of a bachelor's degree, MbChB, LLB, postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma are not eligible to apply for funding through the 10A. These students should consult with the undergraduate student Financial Aid Office.

    Any student who is employed to work more than 20 hours per week is not eligible.

  • Can I apply for masters/doctoral funding administered through 10A for the second year of my master’s degree or my second/third year of my doctoral degree?

    Students who will be in their second year of master's in 2019 are eligible.

    Students who will be in their second/third year of doctoral studies in 2019 are eligible.

    You are only eligible if you have not already received funding through a 10A application for your current degree.

  • Can I apply for funding through the 10A form before registration?

    Yes, you can apply for 10A funding prior to registering for your degree. Note that you must have applied for admission to UCT through both your department and the central admissions office at the time of your application for funding through 10A.

  • When will I hear about the outcome of my 10A application for master's/doctoral funding?

    Master's/doctoral 10A applicants who have been accepted by their department will be informed of the outcome of their 10A funding application via email by the beginning of February 2019.

  • What awards are administered via a 10A master's/doctoral application for funding?

    There is a range of awards administered through form 10A, with various values.

    If you qualify for a UCT merit and need award, you will receive an award of up to R125 000. The final value will depend on your cost of attendance and other funding that you receive. Depending on the availability of funds, priority will be given to black South African (ie. black African, Coloured or Indian) and permanent resident students.

    A small number of prestigious Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships recognising academic excellence will be awarded. These will have a value of up to R130 000. The final value of a Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship will depend on your cost of attendance and other funding that you receive.

    There will also be UCT need-only awards (if your GPA < 60%, or you have not applied to the NRF for funding) and UCT merit-only awards which will have lower values. These are for supplementary funding. They are typically R30 000 to R40 000 in value.

    Note that many awards administered through 10A cannot be held concurrently with other scholarships.

    Although some scholarships can be held concurrently, their values might be adjusted if multiple awards are held.

    The specific policy that applies will be shared and discussed at the time of awarding/claiming each award.

  • Where do I find application forms?

  • What happens once I am approved for a UCT 10A bursary?

    You will be sent a letter offering you an award, as well as a claim form. These documents will stipulate the time by which you have to accept the award, as well as the conditions of award.

  • Why do I need a progress report and at what times of the year should I submit one to the postgraduate funding office?

    All 10A awards and payments are conditional and depend on satisfactory academic progress. You and your supervisor are required to submit 2 academic progress reports per year – the first is due at the end of the first semester (June/July) and the second progress report is due at the end of the year. The postgraduate funding office will send you a progress report form to complete.

  • If I apply for funding, can you guarantee that I will be successful?

    No. The university is not able to provide any such guarantee. Funds are limited and success of application depends on the applicant meeting the application criteria AND the availability of funds. Students are encouraged to apply for as many funding opportunities as possible.

  • As an international student can I apply for a 10A award?

    International students are not eligible for funding administered through 10A awards. International and refugee students can apply for funding through 10C applications. The closing date for these applications is on 31 July each year.

  • Can I apply for 10A funding if I am a permanent residence permit holder?

    Yes, you can apply for funding through the 10A form if you have a permanent residence permit.

  • What happens should I take a Leave of Absence (LOA) if I have received an award?

    If you take Leave of Absence (LOA), your 10A award will be used to pay for your fees for that year and the balance of your funding will be reduced accordingly. Your funding will resume when you return to study at the end of your LOA. You will still only receive one year of funding for honours, two years of funding for a master’s, and three years of funding for a doctoral degree.

  • Can I apply for a 10A award if I am completing part-time studies?

    No, 10A awards are for full-time students only. You are not eligible for a 10A award if you work more than 20 hours per week, or if you are registered for certain part-time degree programmes such as the BCom (Hons) in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management (FAPM).

  • Can I submit a soft-copy 10A form online?

    No, master's and doctoral students must deliver or post a hard copy of the completed 10A form and all of the supporting documents to the Postgraduate Funding Office by 15 November 2018.

    Your referees should email their reports to generalfunding@uct.ac.za by 7 December (master's/doctoral 10A applicants).

    Honours students must post or deliver a hard copy of their completed 10A form to the Postgraduate Funding Office by 31 October2018.

  • Does funding administered through 10A cover outstanding fee debt/historical fee debt?

    No, funding applied for through the 10A form does not cover historical fee debt.

  • Is there a specific reference template or form to use for references for 10A master's/doctoral applications?

    There is no specific reference template. Your referees should email their reports to generalfunding@uct.ac.za by 7 December (master's/doctoral 10A applicants). The title of the email should be YOUR NAME- 10A referee report.

  • Where must my referees send their reference letters to support 10A master's/doctoral applications?

    Your referees should email their reports to generalfunding@uct.ac.za by 7 December (master's/doctoral 10A applicants). The title of the email should be YOUR NAME- 10A referee report.

    Referee reports are NOT required for 10A honours applications.

  • I also applied for another award, can I hold the awards concurrently?

    This will depend on the source of funding awarded via the 10A form. Some may be held concurrently, others not and some with adjusted values.

    The specific policy that applies will be shared and discussed at the time of awarding/claiming each award.

    There are a range of awards administered through form 10A.

    If you qualify for both merit and need, you will receive an award up to R125 000. The final value will depend on your costs of attendance and other funding that you receive. Your 10A award will be reduced pro rata if you receive other awards.

    A small number of Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships recognizing academic excellence will be awarded. These will have a value of up to R130 000. The final value will depend on your cost of attendance and other funding that you receive. Your 10A award will be reduced pro rata if you receive other awards. A R5 000 award will be payable even if you receive more than R130 000 from other sources.

    Need-only awards (if your GPA < 60%, or you have not applied to the NRF for funding) can be held concurrently with other scholarships.

    Merit awards may not be held concurrently with NRF awards.

  • How do I renew my 10A award?

    You will automatically be sent a 10B form to complete at the end of the year, to renew your 10A award. Your 10A award will be renewed, provided you have made satisfactory progress and you are within the funding tenure for the degree (e.g. two years for master's and three years for doctoral). The deadline for submission of completed 10B forms is 30 September each year.

  • I have not received an email about an outcome or claim of an award, should I be receiving one anytime soon?

    Check that you have been officially accepted to do your proposed degree by your department. Your outcome will only be communicated to you after/if you have been accepted.

    Prospective 2019 honours students who have been accepted by their department will be informed of the outcome of their application via email by mid-January.

    Prospective 2019 master’s/doctoral 10A applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application via email by the beginning of February 2019.

  • I am registering mid-year, does this form also apply to me?

    Yes. Students who registered mid-year in 2018 are eligible to apply for funding in 2019 via 10A.

    Students who intend registering in mid-year 2019 are eligible to apply for funding via 10A now, but note that you will not receive the award until you have registered.

  • What is the NRF, and why should I apply there first to be eligible to apply for funding from UCT via 10A?

    The NRF is the National Research Foundation which is the primary funder of postgraduate scholarships in South Africa. Due to the limited funds available to UCT, we need to maximize the number of UCT students who receive funding from the NRF. As a result, policy states that only students who have applied for NRF funding are eligible for some forms of funding via 10A, including UCT full cost of attendance and merit awards.

  • How will my award be paid, and why do I need a bank account?

    Your award will be paid into your UCT fee account. It will be used to pay all fees and costs that you owe UCT. Remaining funds will then be released on a monthly or quarterly basis, to the bank account you have entered on your PeopleSoft student record.

  • Why have I received less money than was stated in my award letter?

    Your award would have been paid into your UCT fee account, and all UCT associated expenses are deducted prior to paying you the balance of the award.

    Students who have a UCT award which covers them up to the full cost of attendance will have the amount provided by UCT reduced if they are subsequently awarded additional funds from other sources.

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