NRF Grant Award
The National Research Foundation (NRF) makes funds available to support Free-standing Masters and Doctoral candidates for the academic year, through a competitive selection process. The funding instrument makes funds available to support students pursuing part-time as well as full-time Masters or Doctoral Studies.
NRF aims to promote and support research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the research facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development.
The NRF primarily supports research-intensive institutions conducting basic or applied research of a pre-competitive nature for the benefit of the long-term knowledge base. The institutions must also be committed to human resource capacity development, including equity and redress. The institutions supported by the NRF through its funding instruments and rating programmes.
NB International students
Persons who hold a joint appointment at a South African (SA) and a foreign institution, and are actively involved in research capacity building in SA, are eligible for a Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA) research grant, provided that they are employed by the South Africa institution in a full-time capacity for a period of at least six months per annum and spend at least six months per annum in South Africa.