The following NRF 2019 calls are open for full time studies:
 Free-Standing Masters and PhD Scholarships (For RSA citizens, permanent residents
and non-RSA citizens)
Value of award: R50 000.00 and R70 000.00
 Innovation Masters and PhD Scholarships (For RSA citizens, permanent residents
and non-RSA citizens)
Value of award: R90 000.00 and R120 000.00
 Scarce Skills Masters and PhD Scholarships (For RSA citizens and permanent
residents ONLY)
Value of award: as above
(UP cannot guarantee that Scarce Skills will be awarded in 2019)
Closing date for above Scholarships : 15 June 2018
Important Information
 Open to South African citizens, RSA permanent residents and a limited %
to foreign nationals.
 Full time studies for Master and PhD level of studies.
 All required documents must be certified
 Must have obtained an average mark of 65% and above in their previous
completed degree.
 Previous degree MUST have been completed within the regulation time.
 Current postgraduate degree must be completed within the regulation time.
 Applicant MUST have identified a suitable supervisor who will support the
 Attended Master or PhD studies must be aligned with the National Priority
Research areas
 No other NRF or Government funds may be held concurrently with the
above awards.
 If successful, must be able to take up award within the 1st Quarter of 2019


All eligibility criteria and guideline information has been put on the UP
Website at
 Print out the Framework Document and Application Guidelines before
commencing your online application
 Take note of the Score card assessment for guidance.
How to apply
Applications for funding in 2019 must be submitted through an online application
process to the NRF by accessing the link:
 Complete applications are sent to the host institution for verification before
being forwarded to the NRF for further processing.
 Incomplete applications will not be submitted by UP
 Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered
(please refer to Framework document for details on eligibility criteria)
 Peruse the relevant documents on National Priority Research Areas before
you commence your application.
 Ensure you have identified a supervisor for your Master / PhD studies for
 Be careful of spelling and grammatical errors in your application
 Ensure your required supporting documents are certified.
 Supporting documents to be uploaded the right way up as a single pdf. (not
upside down or as single pages)
 Only upload the supporting documents that is requested by NRF.
 Please contact Postgraduate Scholarship Office at Hatfield Campus,
Graduate Centre, Room 1-55 if you have any queries.
Required Attachment:
See page 21 of Application Guidelines
(Note: UP Postgraduate Bursaries received is not Institutional Financial Aid)

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