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DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2025 Academic Year

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call for new applications for DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the academic year 2025. All continuing students who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application.


The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. The entry age requirement is 28, 30 and 32 years or younger for honours, master’s and doctoral studies respectively, in the year of application, regardless of the first year of registration. Successful applicants will be funded either at Full Cost of Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS). The FCS funding will be awarded to South African citizens and Permanent Residents only, who are either financially needy (i.e., those whose combined household family income is less than or equals to R350 000 per annum), living with a disability or exceptional academic achievers. However, the PCS funding will be awarded to 5% of international students including South African citizens and Permanent Residents who could not be funded under FCS but meet other minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria. The scholarships are intended to support honours, master’s and doctoral candidates to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities.


All the postgraduate students will be expected to apply on the NRF Connect System by accessing the link: manual applications will be accepted.



Students’ Applications Opening and Closing Dates:

Level of study

Opening dates

Closing dates

Honours (General)

01 July 2024

22 November 2024

First-time Master’s



23 May 2024

05 July 2024

First-time Doctoral

05 July 2024

Master’s and Doctoral Extension Support

15 September 2024



Level of study

  Applicant Closing dates

DA Closing dates

SARAO: Masters

20 August 2024

31 August 2024

SARAO: Doctoral

20 August 2024

31 August 2024


NB: Honours General Scholarships will open in July 2024 and institutions will have until end of March 2025 to claim funds of recommended eligible students.

Honours applicants requiring ISFAP assessment should submit their applications by 02 September 2024.


Please refer to the Application and Funding Guide and Framework documents when completing the online application form at every step of the process.

For enquiries, applicants are encouraged to contact the Research or Postgraduate offices at their universities. Should there still be a need to contact the NRF, below are the contact persons and details:

For General honours related enquiries, please contact:

Mr Lehlogonolo Phaahla

Professional Officer
Telephone: 012 481 4315

Email Address:

For General First-time master’s and doctoral, and NRF-DAAD related enquiries, please contact:

Ms Kgaugelo Molepo

Professional Officer

Telephone: 012 481 4148

Email Address:


For master’s and doctoral Extension Support, NRF-SASAC, PDP and NRF-SASOL related enquiries, please contact:

Ms Nontokozo Kunene
Professional Officer

Telephone: 012 481 4105

Email Address:


For National Skills Fund and NRF-MINDS related enquiries, please contact:

Ms Busisiwe Sibiya

Professional Officer

Telephone: 012 481 4166

Email Address:

For Global Knowledge Partnerships related enquiries, please contact:
Mr Nelson Komane: Professional Officer
Telephone: 012 481 4219
Email Address:

For First-time SARChI honours, master’s and doctoral related enquiries, please contact:

Ms Andisiwe Jukuda
Professional Officer
Telephone: 012 481 4113
Email Address:


For First-time CoEs honours, master’s and doctoral related enquiries, please contact:

DSI-NRF Master's and Doctoral Application and Funding Guide for 2025 (June 2024) updtaed.pdf Frequently Asked Question_FINAL.pdf ISFAP - Application Consent Form FINAL (1).pdf NRF Statement of expectation for Postgradute Training - FINAL.pdf SARAO Master's and Doctoral Scholarships Application Guide for the 2025 Academic Year.pdf
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Posted 05 July 2024
By Mpumelelo Ntandoyenkosi Gumbi
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