NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships 2018 for young South Africans

Application Deadline: 14th May, 2018

In recognition of the long standing collaboration between South Africa and the Netherlands in education and research, and with the ambition to strengthen postgraduate training while enhancing sustainable collaboration between South African and Dutch higher education institutions (HEIs), an agreement was signed in 2017 between the NRF and Nuffic (Netherlands organisation for internationalisation in education represented locally in South Africa by Nuffic’s Netherlands Education Support Office.

Doctoral scholarships will be provided for South African citizens and permanent residents to study full-time in the Netherlands (i.e. single site mode). Institutional level agreements between Dutch HEIs and Partner Institutions in South Africa to enable full-time joint doctoral degrees will also be supported (i.e. split site mode).

Objectives of the Programme

  • Strengthen cooperation and internationalisation between Dutch HEIs and Partner Institutions in South Africa through joint supervision of South African doctoral candidates;
  • Foster sustainable institutional collaboration between South African and Dutch HEIs, contributing to the bilateral research agendas;
  • Promote and advance science, research and innovation;
  • Support the development of a critical mass of globally competitive knowledge-workers in South Africa in prioritised areas;
  • Contribute towards increasing the number and quality of South African postgraduate students in all areas of (i) Science, (ii) Engineering, (iii) Technology, (iv) the Social Sciences and (v) Humanities; and
  • Effect transformation in the percentage representation of postgraduate students from designated groups, namely black, female and persons with disabilities.

Doctoral Training Modalities

The two modalities of doctoral training that will be funded are:

  • full-time doctoral studies at a Dutch HEI, referred to as the single site mode, and;
  • full-time doctoral studies jointly developed and implemented by a Dutch HEI and a Partner University in South Africa, referred to the split-site mode and resulting in a joint degree from the partner institutions.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted electronically to the NRF on the NRF Online Submission System at


NRF Contacts
Ms Gugu Dube
Professional Officer: Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD)
Telephone: 012 481 4169
Email address: [email protected]

Ms Lenor Tommy
Liaison Officer: Grants Management and Systems Administration (GMSA)
Telephone: 012 481 4093
Email address: [email protected]

Nuffic Contact
Mr Xhanti Mhlambiso
Education Promotion & Projects Officer
Telephone: 012 346 0982
Email address: [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships 2018



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