Apply for DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2024 Academic Year


The Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa and the National Research Foundation are inviting new applications for the DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the academic year 2024.

Note: All continuing students eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report, not a new application.

The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. The entry age requirement is 28, 30 and 32 years or younger for honours, master’s and doctoral studies, respectively, in the year of application, regardless of the first year of registration. Successful applicants will be funded at Full Cost of Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS). The FCS funding will be awarded to South African citizens and Permanent Residents only, who are either financially needyliving with a disability or exceptional academic achievers. However, the PCS funding will be awarded to 5% of international students, including South African citizens and Permanent Residents who could not be funded under FCS but meet other minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria. The scholarships are intended to support honours, master’s and doctoral candidates to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

Applicants are required to apply on the NRF Connect System, as no manual applications will be accepted.

Applications Closing Dates:

  • Honours: 24th November 2023
  • First-time Master’s: 11 July 2023
  • First-time Doctorial: 11 July 2023
  • Master’s and Doctoral Extension Support: 18 August 2023

The Designated Authority (DA) Submission to NRF Closing Dates:

  • Honours Applications: 22 December 2023
  • First-time Master’s Applications: 04 September 2023
  • First-time Doctoral Applications: 04 September 2023
  • Master’s and Doctoral Extension Support Applications: 29 September 2023

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Research or Postgraduate offices at their universities for enquiries. Should there still be a need to contact the NRF, kindly visit here.

For more information on the funding opportunity, kindly visit the NRF website here.

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