Innovation Masters and Doctoral Scholarships in South Africa, 2017

Innovation Masters and Doctoral Scholarships in South Africa, and applications are submitted till  29 July 2016The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2017 in the following categories: Free-standing, Innovation, and Scarce Skills Development fund Masters and Doctoral Scholarships; as well as Scholarships for Doctoral Studies Abroad.. 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. To be eligible, 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. Masters scholarships worth R90 000 per annum and doctoral scholarships worth R120 000 per annum. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): public universities in South Africa | South Africa

Level: postgraduate studies

Field(s): Scholarships are awarded to study the following subjects: Biotechnology; Cellular and Molecular Biology; Engineering; Computer science; Physics; Astronomy; Mathematical Sciences; Nanotechnology; Chemistry; Earth Science; Ecology; Medical sciences; and  Social Sciences and Humanities.

Deadline: The submission deadline for applicants is 29 July 2016 for funding in 2017. The Designated Authority (DA) closing date for validations is 12 August 2016. Please consult your Research Office or Postgraduate Office for your institutions internal closing date, to ensure validation by institutional DAs prior to submission to the NRF.

Funded By: Funded by Department of Science and Technology (DST) and managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF)

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Innovation Masters and Doctoral Scholarships are targeted for 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.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

‣ No. of awards: not specified 

‣ Scholarship Tenure : 

Masters-2 years; Doctoral- 3 years 

Value of Scholarship : Masters Scholarships R90 000 per annum

-Doctoral Scholarships R120 000 per annum

In addition, Masters 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 beneficiaries’ current research progression. This is the maximum amount allowed during the tenure of the scholarship.

Doctoral scholarship-holders may apply for a travel grant of up to R15 000, for local travel, and up to R50 000, for international travel. These funds may be used to attend local conferences, workshops, visits to a laboratory or, any other activity that supports the beneficiaries’ current research progression. These are the maximum amounts allowed during the tenure of the scholarship.

Scholarship-holders who wish to access the travel grant must complete a travel grant application form provided by their university postgraduate office/research office for submission to, consideration and approval/disapproval by the NRF.

Description

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2017 in the following categories: Free-standing, Innovation, and Scarce Skills Development fund Masters and Doctoral Scholarships; as well as Scholarships for Doctoral Studies Abroad.

The NRF makes funds available to support NRF Freestanding, SSDF and Innovation (including DST priority research areas) Masters and Doctoral (including Doctoral abroad) candidates for the 2017 academic year.  Masters and Doctoral scholarships are awarded through a competitive process following a merit review process. However, NRF Freestanding Masters bursaries are released as block grants to South African public Universities.

‣The Innovation Masters and Doctoral funding instruments are part of the Innovation Bursary Scheme (IBS) funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

‣ The IBS aims to broaden the frontiers of knowledge in innovation areas and to build the PhD pipeline for a knowledgebased economy. Under the IBS, funding is made available for qualifying Honours’, Masters and Doctoral students registered at public universities in South Africa.

‣ The Honours’ bursaries are awarded to universities as a block grant for universities to nominate qualifying candidates to the NRF. Applications for free-standing Innovation Masters and Doctoral bursaries must be made by students on the NRF on-line application system.

Eligibility

‣ The eligibility criteria listed below applies to applicants for Masters and Doctoral bursaries:

‣ Innovation Masters and Doctoral 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.

Selection Criteria for Innovation Masters and Doctoral Scholarships

‣ 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.


Scholarship Application Method 

‣ Method of application: Applicants may apply by following the steps below:

‣ Applicants must apply on the NRF Online system at: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za and follow the application process set out in the Application and Funding Guide.  All applicants must consult with his/her proposed supervisor in the process of submitting an application to ensure that the supervisor is in agreement with the scientific aspects contained in the application and, the proposed work plan for completion of the degree.

Application Deadlines 

‣ Scholarship Application Due Date: The submission deadline for applicants is 29 July 2016 for funding in 2017. The Designated Authority (DA) closing date for validations is 12 August 2016. Please consult your Research Office or Postgraduate Office for your institutions internal closing date, to ensure validation by institutional DAs prior to submission to the NRF.


Application forms ( Application Form ) 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.

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