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NRF funding

DSI-NRF Postgraduate Funding for 2025

The DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding Call for new applications 2025 (for Masters and Doctoral studies only) is now open.

This year the CoE-MaSS requires all applicants to submit a notification form to us, in order for us to track the progress of your application.

Please complete this form by 18 June 2024. The form can be accessed here.

The CoE-MaSS will also be presenting a seminar on Friday 21 June, explaining the application process with the NRF. Please make certain that you consult with your supervisor/prospective supervisor before submitting any applications for funding.

Please note that submitting this notification to the Centre does NOT form part of the DSI-NRF Application Process, but is a requirement for CoE-MaSS.
To apply for the DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding Call for 2025, please review the documents linked directly below this paragraph, and apply through the NRF Portal, which can be accessed here.

Announcement of Calls DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2025 Academic Year

DSI-NRF Postgraduate Scholarship Framework for 2025 Funding

NRF Statement of expectation for Postgradute Training

Frequently Asked Questions

Most importantly, you will need to send us a COPY of your application, once you have submitted it on the NRF portal.

The NRF submission deadline is 05 July 2024

CoE-MaSS Grantholder-linked UID # 91486.

Whilst every attempt is made to ensure that up-to-date information is included on this page, your Institution may change their internal deadlines at any point in time. As such, we request you to be in regular contact with your Institution’s Research Office or their appropriate office that deals with postgraduate student funding to confirm that no deadlines have changed so that no funding opportunities are missed. The onus is on the Applicant to submit their application correctly and timeously.

The NRF has the final say on any queries relating to their application process.

Your prospective research supervisor should be listed as your Referee and they will need to actively support your application via the NRF online system in order for your application to be academically reviewed by the Centre, hence it is imperative that you work closely with your proposed research supervisor on your application submission.

Other funding opportunities

Any other bursary opportunities that the Centre is made aware of in the MaSS fields will be advertised in the Centre’s weekly newsletter.

For any queries that the CoE cannot assist you with, please contact the NRF Professional Officer dealing with CoE Masters and PhD Applications, as outlined in the NRF Call Guide document:
Frank Mazibuko
Professional Officer
Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence (RCCE)
+27 12 481 4017 
Please CC on all queries.

The NRF has the final say on any queries relating to their application process.