DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding 2023 for South Africans

Application Deadline: July 8, 2022

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call for new applications for DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the academic year 2023. 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 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 equal 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. 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.


Level of studyClosing dates
Honours20 November 2022
First-time Master’s08 July 2022
First-time Doctoral08 July 2022
Master’s and Doctoral Extension Support15 August 2022

Designated Authority (DA) Closing Dates:

Level of studyClosing dates
Honours Applications23 December 2022
First-time Master’s Applications02 September 2022
First-time Doctoral Applications02 September 2022
Master’s and Doctoral Extension Support Applications30 September 2022

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the NRF-MINDS Doctoral Scholarship 2023


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