DAAD-NRF In-Country Scholarship Programme for South African Students, 2015


DAAD-NRF In-Country Scholarship Programme for South African Students, and applications are submitted till 15 August 2014 for funding for 2015. DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) is offering In-Country scholarship programme for South African students to study postgraduate studies (master and doctoral degree) at South African universities. The scholarship-holder may also apply for a short-term research fellowship (duration 2-6 months) in Germany. Up to 100 scholarships for Master’s and Doctoral studies and 10 to 15 short-term research fellowships in 2015 will be awarded. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): South African Universities | South Africa and Germany (short-term research fellowship)

Level: Master’s & Doctoral Degree at South African Universities. 

Field(s): Fields include: the natural sciences, mathematics, ICT, engineering, agricultural sciences, and applied social sciences. Humanities and fine arts are excluded from this programme. However, Humanities applications may be considered if the research has a social focus.

Deadline: 15 August 2014 for funding for 2015.

Funded By: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) is offering scholarships. The programme is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the National Research Foundation (NRF).

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): DAAD-NRF In-Country Scholarship Programme are targeted for South African students can apply for these scholarships.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: DAAD and NRF offer up to 100 scholarships (new awards) for Master’s and Doctoral studies in 2015.

Scholarship Duration: The DAAD-NRF In-Country Scholarship Programme are designed for full-time two-year Master’s courses or three-year doctoral degree studies. Please Note: The initial award is for one year only. For extensions of the award an annual progress report will have to be completed by the applicant with input from the supervisor of the proposed research and submitted to the NRF via the university financial aid/ postgraduate/research office. Short-term research scholarships are offered for 2 – 6 months.

Scholarship covers: DAAD-NRF In-Country Scholarship Programme values are as follows:
-Master’s degree: ZAR 70 000.00  p.a.
-PhD degree: ZAR 100 000.00 p.a.
The scholarship-holder may apply for a short-term research fellowship (duration 2-6 months) in Germany where parts of the thesis-related research would significantly gain from this research visit because of required equipment, co-supervision or similar reasons.


Description

‣ As part of the “In-Country Scholarship Programme”, in which more than two dozen African universities and university networks participate and which annually supports some 800 African postgraduates, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) is able to offer scholarships for postgraduate studies at South African universities.

‣ The DAAD-NRF In-Country Scholarship programme is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the National Research Foundation (NRF).

‣ The scholarship is aimed at future academic staff development without neglecting other sector demands for academically trained personnel.

‣ The NRF lauds this contribution of the German government as being of invaluable support to its own efforts of significantly increasing the number of postgraduate candidates receiving quality education and training; of contributing significantly to the national efforts of human capital development, especially at higher education institutions but also for the public and private sectors; of tangibly engaging in the South African PhD Project and, thereby, fulfilling one of the key strategic objectives of the NRF VISION 2015.

Eligibility

Have what it takes to avail DAAD-NRF In-Country Scholarship Programme ?

‣ Applicants must be South African citizens or hold permanent residence status in South Africa (in the latter case, both certified proof of university employment and residency must be provided).


‣ Applicants must have obtained an accumulative grade average of 65% and above to be considered.


‣ Female candidates and those belonging to historically disadvantaged groups are particularly encouraged to apply.


‣ An age limit of 36 years at the time of application applies.


‣ Applicants may come from all fields of study that have a strong relevance to the national development of the country. Fields include: the natural sciences, mathematics, ICT, engineering, agricultural sciences, and applied social sciences. Humanities and fine arts are excluded from this programme. However, Humanities applications may be considered if the research has a social focus.


‣ Applicants who already hold a qualification for the level of funding they are applying for are not eligible.


‣ DAAD-NRF In-Country Scholarship Programme holders are allowed to hold supplementary bursaries, grants or emoluments which may be capped in line with the NRF and university policies.


‣ The scholarship must not be held simultaneously with a bursary/scholarship from any other NRF source, NRF administered source or other government sources without prior NRF/DAAD permission.


‣ If the applicant does receive supplementary funding during the duration of the scholarship, this has to be declared to the NRF/DAAD.


‣ Scholarship-holders must not hold full-time salaried employment during the duration of the scholarship. They will be allowed to undertake a maximum of 12 hours of employment which includes teaching, tutorials, and assistance or demonstration duties per week on average.

‣ University staff members applying to the programme will have to provide a supporting letter from their human resource department clearly indicating their working hours and status of employment during the tenure of the award.


‣ It is the responsibility of the student to find a suitable supervisor and ensure that the supervisor sends a referee report to the NRF as part of the application.

Selection Criteria:

‣ Applications are assessed based on academic merit, research motivation and potential. Potential
indicated by referees.

‣ The following selection criteria are taken into consideration for DAAD-NRF In-Country Scholarship Programme :


  • academic merit
-promise of research ability and potential for academic staff development indicated in referee reports
and research outputs (especially for PhD applicants)

  • significance and relevance of proposed research in particular to the South African context, alternatively convincing research of a national or transnational focus, alternatively a convincing explanation of the regional and or transnational relevance
  • 
 for Masters by course work: convincing motivation indicating future academic and research orientation
  • 
 leadership qualities
  • 
previous prizes and awards
  • the likelihood that the candidate will successfully complete a Master’s or a doctoral degree

  • capacity of institutional research support and expertise to support application
 
  • reference letters from supervisor and referees submitted online

  • German and or international study or academic experience would be an added advantage
-students are expected to follow up with their supervisors and referees in reasonable time on the submission of their recommendation reports online as this is critical to the application

Notification:

‣ A list of successful applicant’s that will be funded for 2015 will be found on the NRF website under the student link towards the end of December 2014.

Scholarship Application Method

‣ Applications must be submitted through an online application process of the NRF.  

‣ The following documents are required in the application attachment section.


‣ Proof of South African Identity Document (ID) or proof of Permanent Residency together with a letter indicating university employment (if applicable, only at PhD levels).


‣ Official and certified university degree certificates and transcripts indicating a minimum accumulative academic requirement of 65% in previous degree.


‣ An admission letter indicating full-time registration (if available). This will be required if successful.


‣ Please note the following: All required documents must be attached as one PDF file in the following order: Identity document, proof of permanent residence and university employment letter (if applicable), certified university degree certificates and transcripts, recommendation by supervisor (compulsory for doctoral applicants) letter of admission (if available) and any reference letters (if available).


‣ Short-term research scholarships: The applicant will have to present a current invitation by a German professor who is willing to supervise the research during the envisaged stay in Germany.

‣ A convincing letter of motivation and a clearly defined time schedule for the research stay must be attached. Application forms for these short-term research fellowships and further information can be obtained from: daad-at-wits.ac.za.

‣ Scholarship Applications are due on 15th August 2014 for funding for 2015.

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

For more Information about DAAD-NRF In-Country Scholarship Programme


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