DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development

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Grants & Bursaries

Just before or around the start of each academic year, the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development considers grant proposals and post-graduate or post-doctoral funding applications that fall under the thematic areas of the Centre.

Apply for a postgraduate bursary 2023

The DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development facilitates the awarding of bursaries in response to proposals that fall into the thematic areas of the Centre.

The CoE-HUMAN awards bursaries to deserving Masters and Doctoral students and Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • Masters students are funded for two years at R162 900 a year (dependent on FCS or PCS)
  • Doctoral students are funded for three years at R170 430 a year (dependent on FCS or PCS)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellows are funded for three years at R200 000 a year

Grant holders on Partial Cost of Study (PCS) or Full Cost of Study (FCS) funding may receive supplementary funding from another private-sector source, another South African government source, the NRF supervisor’s running expenses (SARChI, CoEs, etc.) or any other source (e.g. Merit Awards), provided that the total funding received from the NRF and the other source(s) does not exceed institutional maximum limit for the respective levels of study. The award of bursaries is governed by the Ministerial Guidelines for Improving Equity in the Distribution of DSI-NRF Bursaries and Fellowships (2013). In terms of these guidelines, bursaries are intended primarily for South African citizens and permanent residents; although a small number of foreign and SADC citizens will be considered. South Africans registered at foreign universities are not eligible.

Successful applicants and their supervisors' sign performance agreements with the CoE, with the following obligations:

  • That Master's students must fulfil the requirements for their degree within two years and have at least one co-authored paper in a peer-reviewed journal accepted for publication;
  • That Doctoral students must fulfil the requirements for their degrees within three years and have at least two first-authored papers accepted for publication or published;
  • That Post-Doctoral Fellows must have at least two first- or co-authored papers accepted for publication, in press or published in each year of the three-year fellowship.

For more information, email Enquiries: Mr. Justin Du Toit (Centre Manager) coe.human@wits.ac.za.

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