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NRF 2020 Masters & Doctoral Grants


The National Research Foundation (NRF) is pleased to announce the call for applications for masters and doctoral scholarships programmes for 2020 in the listed programs of Masters & Doctoral Grants; Honours Block Grants and Postdoctoral Grants.

NRF Master's and Doctoral Funding for 2020

The National Research Foundation took a decision to move the opening date for the honours, masters and doctoral Call from February to 01 April 2019 following a process of engagement with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

The NRF awards bursaries and scholarships through three modalities viz.

(i) competitive scholarships awarded as freestanding scholarships following an NRF merit review process;

(ii) block grants to universities that nominate students for the bursaries following an institutional selection process; and

(iii) grantholder-linked bursaries in which the grant-holder nominates students linked to his/her research project  

As a result of the streamlining, the NRF will publish One Call for Applications for funding under the following categories:

  • Concept Notes 
  • Customised Programmes
  • Institutional Grants
  • NRF Postgraduate Scholarships (2020)
  • Postdoctoral Grants (2020)
  • Research Grants: General
  • Research Grants: International
  • Research Grants: Without Student Support
  • Research Grants: Thuthuka (2020)
  • Travel, Training and Conference Grants
  • Scholarship- and Fellowship-holders Travel Grants (2019)


Opportunity Closing Date: 
Sunday, June 30, 2019
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