National Research Foundation Grant Award
One of our postgraduate bursaries available
The National Research Foundation (NRF) makes funds available to support free-standing Masters and Doctoral candidates for the academic year. This is done through a competitive selection process to choose the most deserving candidate. This funding instrument makes funds available to support students who are pursuing part-time as well as full-time Masters and Doctoral studies. The 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 that are conducting basic of applied research of a pre-competitive nature, that will benefit the long-term knowledge base. The institutions must be committed to human resource capacity development which includes equity and redress. The institutions are supported by the NRF through its funding instruments and rating programmes.
Students who hold a joint appointment at a South African (SA) and a foreign institution and are actively involved in research capacity building in South Africa are eligible for a Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA) research grant. This is on the basis that they are employed by the South African institution in a full-time capacity for a period of at least 6 months per annum. They also need to spend at least 6 months per annum in South Africa.
For other internationally and externally funded postgraduate bursaries offered throughout the year, please continue to check this page.