The NRF normally opens a call for applications for two-three months (from mid May to mid August of each year) for students and fellows to apply.
From a Masters level upwards, NRF accept online applications through the website at http://nrfinterim.nrf.ac.za. For Honours/B.Tech bursaries, applications are issued by and submitted at Research Offices or Postgraduate Offices of the higher education institutions, on behalf of the NRF.
No. Four-year degrees are only funded in their final year of study as this is equivalent to an Honours/B.Tech level.
Where can I find detailed information on the type of scholarship, amount, funding duration and study areas suitable for applying?
No. Unless stated so in the student support manual for a particular programme, applications are submitted online at http://nrfinterim.nrf.ac.za
The following factors are considered most important for your application to succeed:A well written research project proposal
- An official academic transcript
- A South African identity document
- List of your paper publications
- List of conferences attended and presentations
- List of awards and previous sponsors/scholarships
- Details of at least two referees to support your application
No. Students and fellows apply a year in advance through the NRF online system.
Electronic applications are easy to manage and to send to external reviewers (specialists) who give the NRF feedback on your application.
Yes. NRF encourages students and fellows to change institutions especially from Maters and Doctoral degrees, up to a Postdoctoral research level.
No. The funding decisions made by the NRF are final as these are based on, but not limited to, national strategies and priorities such as scarce or innovation study areas, equity and redress targets, etc.
The student support manual (click here for the manual) clearly gives all the information pertaining to the difference between the two programmes.
The student support manual (click here for the manual) has all the information about the NRF funding support programmes.
The Research or Postgraduate Office at your institution is available to give you computing support and can also assist in uploading your application.
Institutions do offer workshops on proposal writing; contact your Research or Postgraduate Office for more information.
You can send your application as soon as the NRF call for applications opens online at http://nrfinterim.nrf.ac.za
For a copy of the manual, click here.