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 Student Funding for the 2022 Academic Year - NOW OPEN
Donwload the Call for applications details here

FUNDING CALL - UCT Internal deadline

  • First-time applications masters and doctoral  - 2nd July 2021
  • NRF-Nuffic doctoral split-site - 2nd July 2021 
  • SAROA Honours, masters and doctoral - 25th June 2021 
  • Extension support applications for masters and doctoral - 1st September 2021
  • Honours level financial means test deadline  (Honours students demonstrating financial need, i.e., with family income less than R350 000 per annum are requested to submit completed applications by 6th August 2021
  • Honours applications1st November 2021

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.