The NRF is an independent statutory body which funds research, development of high-end Human Capacity and critical research infrastructures for multi-disciplinary knowledge production. The NRF promotes South African research interests nationally and internationally.
National Research Foundation Bursaries
The National Research Foundation (NRF) bursaries are awarded to full-time students of Honours’ and final year B Tech studies at South African public universities. These bursaries are given to South African citizens and are released as Block Grants to South African public universities.
Scorecard for the assessment of applications for NRF Honours and final year B -Tech Scholarships will consist of 40% academic merit or average percentage mark for previous degree, 25% career path or the intention to continue with Master’s degree and 35% Priority Research Area.
Successful candidates who are offered the academic support by the NRF are required to sign and comply with the student agreement that will be forwarded at the time of the award. Bursary holders must obtain the degree for which the financial support was awarded which is within one year after the NRF funding has completed, otherwise, the funds will have to be returned with interest.
NRF Bursary Requirements and Eligibility
Full time South African students at a South African public University
Students in all areas of Science, Engineering/Technology and Social Sciences/Humanities
The following are not eligible for the bursary:
Applicants that already hold an Honours’ or Final year B Tech degree
Applicants pursuing an undergraduate degree irrespective of the degree that they are enrolled for
Applicants’ intending to pursue Postgraduate diploma qualification
Bursary grants are based on academic merit however, priority will be given to financially needy applicants.