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Funding opportunities

The GSH helps students access funding for postgraduate research by announcing calls for funding and evaluating applications. In this regard, it collaborates with both the Fees and Funding Division in the Client Service Centre and Research Grants Management within the Department of Research and Innovation Support. In 2015, UP researchers and research partners were successful in securing R407 million from external funders. Research grants, including funding from the NRF and the Medical Research Council (MRC) and other funders, amounted to R149 million. Research contracts from national partners and sponsors totalled R122 million. International funders provided support to the amount of R110 million. All funding opportunities are available in the index to postgraduate funding.

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Postgraduate and postdoctoral funding

SKA South Africa Postdoctoral Fellowships

The South African SKA Project invites applications for five postdoctoral fellowships.

The closing date for UP applications to allow for screening: 24 August 2016

The SKA Africa closing date: 31 August 2016 (closed)

NRF Funding

NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships | CALL FOR APPEALS
This Appeal Call is applicable to applicants who have submitted applications in 2015 to the Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Post-doctoral Fellowships funding instrument and the applications were not recommended for funding.
Please refer to the attached Appeals Guideline for detailed information.
In order to access the appeal follow the process below:
  • Click on My "Applications"
  • Click on "List Applications"
  • An Appeal can be created for applicants with this icon next to the 2015 application.
Call Open:  01 July 2016
Call Close:  22 July 2016 (closed)

NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2017 (closed)

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2017 in the following categories:

Please download the Applications and Funding Guide here.

Successful applicants must undertake full-time postdoctoral research.  The fellowships cannot be held concurrently with any salaried full-time employment.

NOTE: The closing date for University of Pretoria applicants is Tuesday, 7 June 2016 to allow for screening.

The NRF application deadline is Monday, 13 June 2016.  Applicants must apply on the NRF online system at


NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Funding, 2017

Closing dates:

  • For UP applications, 26 May to allow for screening, and
  • For NRF, 7 June 2016. (closed)

Please download the NRF-TWAS instructions, the application and funding guide, and the framework documents here.


DST-NRF Newton Fund Fellowships, 2017

Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the United Kingdom for 2017 are open.

The Application and Funding Guide can be downloaded here. Please note that applications need to be completed on the NRF Online Submission System at:

Closing date: Thursday, 30 June 2016. (closed)

International Scholarships, Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)

There are several scholarship opportunities available for South African students, particularly at postgraduate levels. The DHET's Scholarships Office coordinates some of these scholarships, while others are managed by other agencies.

For more information, follow the link to the DHET website.

Ad hoc calls

  • The PhD Environmental and Occupational Health project in UP's School of Health Systems and Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences.

Applicants are invited to apply for a five-year PhD programme. Click here to download a description of the project and of steps in the application process. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed during July-August 2016.

Further information can be obtained from the website (PhD section), or from the principal investigator, Professor Janine Wichmann, at [email protected].

Closing date: 1 July 2016 (closed)

Closing date: 31 August 2016. (closed)

Africa Regional International Staff/Student Exchange: Food Security and Sustainable Human Wellbeing

Call for Applications


The ARISE Programme invites Applications from African nationals registered for Masters or Doctoral studies in the fields of Agriculture, Medical Sciences, Engineering and Energy. A list of subjects offered by this programme in these fields are available at .To qualify, students must be registered for a full degree Masters or Doctoral programme at a home African university to spend time (minimum 10months) at one of the ARISE partner institution. Students must return to their home institution after the exchange period to complete their degree. These short-term nobilities should be spent at one of the following ARISE partner institutions: Addis Ababa University, University of Rwanda ,University of Cape Town, University of Ghana, Makerere University and University of Nairobi.

Mobility start date:

October 2016

End date:

No later than 31 December 2017

For more information visit:

For further information, contact +27 21 650 3491 or email Charton Esterhuizen [email protected] or Norma Derby [email protected]




The Social Science Research Council offers fellowships to support the completion of doctoral degrees and to promote next generation social science research in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertation research on peace, security, and development topics.

All applications must be submitted using the online application portal.

The application deadline is November 18, 2016.

Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Fellowships

Proposal development fellowships are intended to support doctoral students working on developing a doctoral dissertation research proposal as well as students who recently completed a master’s degree and seek to enroll in a PhD program.

The doctoral dissertation proposal fellowship supports short-term research costs of up to US$3,000 to develop a doctoral dissertation proposal.

All applicants must:

  • be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country
  • be residents of Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
  • hold a master’s degree
  • either be enrolled in a PhD program or intend to enroll in a PhD program

Doctoral Dissertation Research and Completion Fellowships

The doctoral dissertation research fellowship supports 6–12 months of dissertation research costs of up to US$15,000 on a topic related to peace, security, and development.

The doctoral dissertation completion fellowship supports a one-year leave from teaching responsibilities and a stipend of up to US$15,000 to permit the completion of a dissertation that advances research on peace, security, and development topics.

All applicants must:

  • be citizens of and reside in a sub-Saharan African country
  • hold a master’s degree
  • be enrolled in a PhD program at an accredited university in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda

Additionally for the research fellowship, applicants must have an approved dissertation research proposal.

For the completion fellowship, applicants must be in the final year of writing and have completed at least one dissertation chapter.

The program prioritizes applicants holding a faculty position or demonstrating a durable commitment to higher education, but it does not restrict eligibility to such individuals.








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