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postgrad bursaries


Applications for the Ernst & Ethel Eriksen Study Trust has opened for the 2022 academic year. 


Early this year, students started hearing that their postgraduate studies won't be funded as they thought they would after NSFAS said that they no longer fund postgrad qualifications. This obviously left many students with little to no options.


Due to NSFAS having insufficient funds earlier this year, they then had to reallocate funds within the department. Unfortunately, this has now lead to other areas of the department facing the consequences.


Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande, gave updates on NSFAS laptops, NSFAS allowances and funding, Unisa and many other topics which are currently being discussed in Higher Education. This is in response to a list of demands submitted to the Minister by the South African Union of Students.


The NRF is introducing a new funding policy for postgrad students (from 2021 onwards) with the aim of motivating and retaining high academic achievers. The new policy also provides time off for female students to raise a family during their postgrad studies.


NRF-funded students have to complete their studies within a set timeframe. Only under exceptional circumstances may students apply for extension support to complete their Master’s or Doctoral studies.


The National Research Fund is implementing a new funding model for postgraduate funding. This will include the Full Cost of Study and Partial Cost of Study.

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