2015 NRF Free Standing Masters & PhD Scholarships For International Students in South Africa

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The National Research Foundation (NRF) is offering NRF Free-standing Masters and Doctoral Scholarships in South Africa. Scholarships are open to South African citizens, South African permanent residents as well as a limited percentage of non-South African citizens registered at a South African public university. Masters scholarships worth R50 000 per annum and doctoral scholarships worth R70 000 per annum. The closing date for submitting applications is 7th August 2015.

Study Subject(s): The scholarship is intended to support doctoral candidates to pursue research studies in all areas of (i) Science, (ii) Engineering and (iii) Technology and in the (iv) Social Sciences and (v) Humanities, at public research institutions in South Africa. The percentage of supported students will be 80% from the Science, Engineering and Technology disciplines and 20 % from the Social Sciences and Humanities.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing master’s and doctoral programme at a registered South African public university.
Scholarship Provider: The National Research Foundation (NRF)
Scholarship can be taken at: South Africa

Eligibility: The eligibility criteria listed below applies to applicants for Masters and Doctoral bursaries:
-Scholarships are open to South African citizens, South African permanent residents as well as a limited percentage of non-South African citizens registered at a South African public university.
-All applicants’ for full-time Masters or Doctoral studies in South Africa must be registered or, intending to register at a South African public university.
-Applicants that already hold a degree at the level for which they are applying for funding, are not eligible.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Scholarships are open to South African citizens, South African permanent residents as well as a limited percentage of non-South African citizens registered at a South African public university.

Scholarship Description: The National Research Foundation (NRF) is mandated by an Act of Parliament, the National Research Foundation Act (Act No. 23 of 1998) to: “Support and promote research through funding, human capacity development and the provision of the necessary research facilities, in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge”.

What does it cover? 
-Masters Scholarships R50 000 per annum
-Doctoral Scholarships R70 000 per annum
In addition, scholarship-holders may apply for a travel grant of up to R10 000 which can be used to attend local conferences, workshops, a visit to a laboratory or, any other activity that supports the scholarship-holder’s current research progression. This is the maximum amount allowed during the tenure of the scholarship.

Selection Criteria: The following will be considered in evaluating all applications in a competitive merit review process:
-The applicant’s past, current and potential academic performance. This will be measured by the applicant’s:
The potential of the applicant to undertake an independent research project;
Leadership roles;
Previous awards, prizes and honours; and
The potential research outputs and impact.
-The feasibility and merit of the applicant’s research project proposal;
-Identification of a suitable supervisor and co-supervisor, where applicable;
-Support from the identified supervisor and referees.

How to Apply: Applicants may apply by following the steps below:
-Applications must be submitted through an online application process to the NRF.
-Applicants must apply for the 2016 NRF Free-standing Masters or Doctoral Scholarship
-Register / Login using your ID number and password.
-Go to “My Applications” and select “Create Application”.
-Select the call for which you are applying to viz. NRF Free-standing Masters and Doctoral Scholarship Call for 2016.
-Remember to complete all compulsory sections of the application as incomplete applications will not be considered for support by the NRF.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The closing date for submitting applications is 7th August 2015.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application

 

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