MSc & PhD Scholarship at University of South Africa, 2019


The University of South Africa is offering a scholarship to the students to pursue a postgraduate degree program.

Course Level: The scholarship is available to pursue the postgraduate degree program.

Eligible Countries: The scholarship is available to South African citizens.

Eligibility Criteria: The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must be registered full time for a master’s dissertation in 2018.
  2. Applicants that are registered for the proposal module are not eligible to apply.
  3. Applicants who registered for their degree before 2017 are not eligible to apply.
  4. Scholarships are based on academic merit.
  5. Preference will be given to students that were previously funded by NSFAS or the University Financial Aid Scheme (proof must be attached).
  6. Applicants’ research should be aligned with one of the National Research Priorities areas.
  7. Bursaries are not awarded for parallel degrees, that is, a second degree at the same level of a degree already held by the applicant.
  8. The bursary-holder may hold bursaries, awards, assistantships and receive emoluments from private institutions in conjunction with the NRF Scholarship. The bursary may not be held concurrently with any other NRF or government-funded scholarships.
  9. Bursars are NOT allowed to be employed on a full-time basis (this include interns, postgraduate student assistants or any other form of employment where they are remunerated), may only undertake a maximum of 12 hours per week of teaching, tutorials, assistance or demonstrating duties.
  10. In line with the South African equity targets, NRF Freestanding bursaries will be approved according to the following set equity targets: 80% blacks, 55% women, 20% white and 4% students with disabilities.
  11. In line with the South African equity targets, the Innovation Block Grant is awarded to South African citizens / South African permanent residents, 13% to foreign nationals, 5% to SADC, 4% to the rest of Africa and 4% to students outside Africa. In addition, DST-NRF Innovation bursaries will be approved according to the following set equity targets: 80% blacks, 55% women, 20% white and 4% students with disabilities.

Method of Application: Complete the attached form and submit it to the Unisa Research Support Directorate with the required supporting by 24 October 2018:

  1. 2018 proof of registration on the University letterhead
  2. Certified copy of South African ID
  3. Full academic record on the University letterhead
  4. Proof that the student was previously funded by NSFAS or University Financial Aid Scheme (only applicable to students that were previously funded by NSFAS)
  5. The affidavit from a police station (confirming that you are NOT full-time employed during 2018 academic year (you do not hold any full-time salaried job).

Application form

Scholarship Link

Scholarship Application Deadline: October 24, 2018



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