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Schedule of awards and assistance

1. Wits Postgraduate Merit Award (PGMA)  and Merit Scholarship

Name Value Application procedure and closing dates Eligibility Academic criteria Other criteria
Postgraduate Merit Award

Full time
Tuition fees to a maximum of
R40000 + stipend
Honours R7 000
Masters R7 800
PhD R10 000
Applications are online.

Students need to use the student self service to apply for the postgraduate merit award.
www.wits.ac.za/mywits

Closing dates:
31Oct – Jan/Apr intake
30 Apr – Jul/Sept intake
All nationalities

Full-time students only
For Honours: only the two most recent years of study will be considered and a weighted mark of 65% obtained

For Masters: an Honours mark of at least 70%

For PhD, a student needs to have completed Masters in 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time to be accepted into the programme

NB: Honours students will be rated. Please see process of allocating of PMA Awards
No award will be made if the student exceeds the maximum level of funding from an external source (PhD R180 000;Masters R150 000 andHons R100 000)

A student pursuing a concurrent joint Honours would be eligible for full funding of first degree and 75% for the other one
Postgraduate Merit Award Part-time Tuition fees to a maximum of R40000

No stipends
Applications are online. Students need to use the student selfservice to apply for the postgraduate merit award
www.wits.ac.za/mywits
Closing dates:
31Oct – Jan/Apr intake
30 Apr – Jul/Sept intake
All nationalities

Part-time students only

Gross incomes hould not exceed R250 000
For Honours: only the two most recent years of study will be considered and a weighted mark of 65% obtained

For Masters: an Honours mark of at least 70%

For PhD, a student needs to have completed Masters in 2 years Full-Time or 3 years Part-time to be accepted into the programme
Part-time students, a gross income threshold of R250 000 p/a will be used to determine eligibility.

A means application will be used to determine eligibility

No award will be made if the student exceeds the maximum level of funding from an external source (PhD R180 000; Masters R150 000 and Honours R100 000)
Honours to PhD 5 year scholarship Total tuition + R10000 stipend + secure funding for each successful award of qualification with aim of getting a PhD degree in 5 years Application forms to be submitted by 30 Nov All nationalities

Full-time students only
Guaranteed funding for academically good students:
65% and above for the two most recent years of study for Honours
Renewal applications will be based on maintaining a good academic record

Masters students need to obtain 70% in their Honours year and for PhD, a student needs to have completed their Masters within 2 years
No award will be made if the student exceeds the maximum level of funding from an external source (PhD R180 000; Masters R150 000 and Honours R100 000)
Postgraduate Travel Grants Local & Overseas Varies according to each scholarship and the availability of funds Application forms available at the Financial Aid Office and on the Financial Aid website

Closing date varies per conference date.

Incomplete applications will notbe considered
All nationalities
Full-time students only
   

2. Wits bursaries

Name Value Application procedureand closing dates Eligibilty Academic criteria Other criteria
Wits Bursaries Awards are determined according to the budget available. Tuition fees must be settled first before the funding can be used for other purposes; (accommodation, living and study expenses) Students must apply online on the student self service: www.wits.ac.za/mywits All nationalities

Part-time and Full-time students only
These bursaries are for students with a demonstrated financial need and who have shown strong performance as follows:

Masters students who obtained an Honours mark of at least 65%

Honours students who obtained a mark of at least 65% as a weighted average of the two most recent years of study.

PhD students who have completed their Masters within 3 years
Financially needy students. Students need to fill in a Financial declaration form and supply the necessary supporting documents
Wits Levenstein Trust Bursary Various
Ranges between R10000 - R15000
Closing date: 30 November Full-time South African students only   These awards are available to students under the age of 25
Preference will be given to studies in the fields of medical, engineering and information technology on merit and financial need
Stella and Paul Lowenstein Charitable and Educational Trust R40 000 per student
Closing date: 30 November
Applications available on the website: www.wits.ac.za/financialaid
All decisions pertaining to awards are decided by the Advisory Board and Trustees at their discretion Full-time students only Top 4 medical students enrolled for Masters by Dissertation and PhD. The student must be recommended by their Supervisor  

3. External Statutory Funding

Name Value Application procedureand closing dates Eligibility Academic criteria Other criteria
NRF Honours Block Grants Varies according to specific funds Students need to download the application form from the Financial Aid website and submit it to the Financial Aid Office before 30 November Mostly South Africans and for Innovation, students with permanent residence are taken into consideration

Full-time students only
A range of conditions  
NRF Square kilometre array Varies according to specific funds Students need to apply online directly to NRF.
https://nrfsubmission.nrf.org.za
Closing date: 31 July
South African
Citizens only
BSc Honours: majoring in Astronomy/ Astrophysics, Mathematics & Physics and Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering.

A minimum of 60% in the Majors
 
NRF Masters/PhD Block Grants Varies according to specific funds Masters and PhD applications to NRF directly.
https://nrfsubmission.nrf.org.za
Closing date: 31July
Mostly South Africans and for Innovation, students with permanent residence are taken into consideration

Full-time students only
   
DAAD MSc R60 000
PhD R90 000
Online applications through NRF online system
Closing date: 1 Sep
An age limit of 36 years.

All fields of study that have a strong relevance to the national development of the country
SA citizens SA permanent residence have to be employed by the University to qualify

65% accumulative grade average and above
 
NRF - MRC R40 000 MSc
R60 000 PhD
Online applications through NRF online system
Closing date: 15 Sept
MSc students must hold an Honours degree and show potential to develop into a researcher

PhD students will be selected based on the scientific merit of the project
Full-time study in the Health Sciences research  
Harold and Doris Tothill Scholarships Amount is determined by a committee and available funding All nationalities studying English or English related fields
Closing date: 31 March
Full-time students only Masters and PhD Students must be studying English or English related field  
Mandela Rhodes Scholarship Externally determined Applications available from mid-April at the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
Closing date: 25 May

Applications will be available once you have been recommended by your Head of School

Students must submit two sets of the application with required documents
Full-time students only

Citizens of African countries

Registered Wits Students only
Honours and Masters Degrees

Younger than 30 years
Externally determined applications have guidelines on the criteria  
The Rothschild SA Foundation Scholarships Externally determined Applications can be found on the website as well as emailing Ethel at ethel.otobo@rothschild.com South African Citizens only

Students enrolling for a Honours or PGD.

Financially needy.
Students need to have passed  mid-year exams  

4. NSFAS Funding for Postgraduate Studies

Name Value Application procedureand closing dates Eligibility Academic criteria Other criteria
NSFAS Externally determined South African citizens

Closing date: 30 Sept
Apply online:www.wits.ac.za/applications
Full-time students only Externally determined Honours provided for only 1 year and must meet NSFAS criteria and based on availablity of funds.

Postgraduate diplomas, Masters and PhD students are not eligible

5. Externally Administered Overseas Funding

Name Value Application procedureand closing dates Eligibility Academic criteria Other criteria
Commonwealth Scholarship Externally determined UK university

Applications open end of August
Closing date early November
(Subject to change according to the donor and callfor applications)

APPLY ONLINE
http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply
Full-time students only

South Africans Only
Externally determined  
Rhodes Scholarship Full Tuition & Accommodation Applications open in May and close on 15 August Students applying to Oxford University Externally determined
Please consult thewebsite for more details www.Rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk
 


 
 

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