Innovation Masters and Doctoral Scholarships in South Africa

The applications for the Innovation Scholarship are now accepted. This scholarship available South African students who are currently or will be attending university for master or doctoral degree. A limited number of awards also available for qualified non-South African students. Successful applicants will receive benefit of R80 000 per annum for master and R110 000 per annum for doctoral. The application deadline is 7 August 2015.

Scholarship Description
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 knowledge based 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.

Award Value
Each of the successful candidates will receive benefit as follow:

  • Masters Scholarships R80 000 per annum
  • Doctoral Scholarships R110 000 per annum
  • Other benefits may also be given

Level and Area of Studies
Master and doctoral degree in one of the following fields: Biotechnology; Cellular and Molecular Biology; Engineering; Computer science; Physics; Astronomy; Mathematical Sciences; Nanotechnology; Chemistry; Earth Science; Ecology; Medical sciences; and Social Sciences and Humanities.

Place of Study
The study will be taken in South Africa.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • 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.

Applicants’ Nationality
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.

Application Instruction
The application for this Innovation Masters and Doctoral Scholarship should be made online through the online system at website and application link below.

Submission Deadline
7 August 2015.

Website and Application Link

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