Course(s) Offered: Sciences, Technology, Social sciences, Engineering
Course Level: Graduate (master’s, phd)
Provider: DAAD, NRF
Country to Study in: South Africa
As part of the “In-Country Scholarship Programme”, in which more than two dozen African universities and university networks participate and which annually supports some 800 African postgraduates, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) is able to offer scholarships for postgraduate studies at South African universities.
The programme is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). The scholarship is aimed at university staff development in the first instance, without neglecting other sector demands for academically trained personnel.
Eligibility criteria include:
- Applicants must be South African citizens or hold permanent residence status in South Africa (in the latter case, both certified proof of university employment and residency must be provided). Applicants from third countries are eligible only for PhD programmes and under the condition that they are employed at the university where the PhD is to be pursued.
- Applicants must have obtained an accumulative grade average of 65% and above to be considered.
- Female candidates and those belonging to historically disadvantaged groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
- An age limit of 36 years at the time of application applies.
- Applicants may come from all those fields of study that have a strong relevance to the national development of the country. Fields include: the natural sciences, mathematics, ICT, engineering, agricultural sciences, applied social sciences. Humanities and fine arts are excluded from this programme. However, Humanities applications may be considered if the research has a social focus.
- Applicants who already hold a qualification for the level of funding they are applying for are not eligible.
- Scholarships-holders are allowed to hold supplementary bursaries, grants or emoluments which may be capped in line with university policies.
- The scholarship may not be held simultaneously with a bursary/scholarship from any other NRF source, NRF administered source or other government sources without prior NRF/ DAAD permission.
- If the applicant does receive supplementary funding during the duration of the scholarship, this has to be declared to the NRF/ DAAD.
- Scholarship-holders may not hold full-time salaried employment during the duration of the scholarship. They will be allowed to undertake a maximum of 12 hours of teaching, tutorials, assistance or demonstration duties per week on average.
- University staff member applying into the programme will have to provide a supporting letter from their human resource department clearly indicating their working hours and status of employment during the tenure of the award.
Target Group are candidates who aim at acquiring a Master’s or doctoral degree. Preference will be given to young South African or permanent resident university staff members or candidates considered for teaching / research staff recruitment either for their own university or any other institution of higher education in South Africa.
Staff members should be enrolled for full-time studies and be exempted from teaching for full-time studies. In exceptional cases, a limited extent of teaching obligations may be accepted but has to be motivated in writing to the NRF. The host institution has to document precisely and convincingly the quantity and content of the lecturing duties and their compliance with the prevailing goal of the academic qualification of the candidate.
An intrinsic link between the teaching obligations and the content of the degree programme is indispensible.
Any accredited South African university
Fields of study
Natural sciences, mathematics, ICT, engineering, agricultural sciences, applied social sciences
Number of Awards
DAAD and NRF offer up to 100 scholarships (new awards) for Master’s and Doctoral studies in 2014
The scholarships are designed for full-time two-year Master’s courses or three-year doctoral degree studies.
Please note that the initial award is for one year only. For extensions of the award an annual progress report will have to be completed by the supervisor of the proposed research and submitted to the NRF via the university financial aid/ post graduate/ research office.
Scholarship values are as follows:
- Master’s courses: ZAR 60,000.00 p.a.
- PhD degree studies: ZAR 90,000.00 p.a.
In selected cases, the scholarship-holder may apply for a short-term research fellowship (duration 2-6 months) in Germany where parts of the thesis-related research would significantly gain from this research visit because of required equipment, co-supervision or similar reasons.
The applicant will have to present a current invitation by a German professor who is willing to supervise the research during the envisaged stay in Germany, besides a convincing letter of motivation and a clearly defined time schedule for the research stay.
Application forms for these short-term research fellowships and further information can be obtained from:
Method of Application
The following 'Application Documents' are required:
- Proof of South African Identity Document (ID) OR Proof of Permanent Residency together with letter indicating university employment (if applicable, only at PhD levels).
- Recommendation by Supervisor (compulsory for doctoral applicants).
- Official and certified university degree certificates including transcripts minimum accumulative academic requirement of 65% in previous degree.
- Admission letter indicating full time registration (if applicable). This will be required if successful.
- Reference Letters (if applicable).
Identity document, proof of permanent residence and university employment letter (if applicable), certified university degree certificates and transcripts, recommendation by supervisor (compulsory for doctoral applicants) letter of admission (if available) and any reference letters (if available).
Applications must be submitted through an online application process of the NRF:
- Applicants can apply for the DAAD/NRF Joint In-Country Scholarship Programme by accessing the link: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/
- Register/ Login using your ID number and password.
- Select create new application from the list of existing calls.
- Select the call for which you are applying to: DAAD-NRF In-Country Scholarships Programme 2014.
- Remember to complete all sections of the application.
- Please attach the necessary documents in one PDF file in the following order: ID document, proof of permanent residence and university employment letter (if applicable), certified university degree certificates and transcripts, recommendation by supervisor( compulsory for doctoral applicants) letter of admission (if available) and any reference letters (if available).
- Should you not follow the guidelines for attaching the necessary documents your application will not be considered.
- Remember to submit your application upon completion.
- Complete applications will go to the host university for verification before being forwarded to the NRF for further processing.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applications should be submitted by / on 21 August 2013. No late submissions of applications will be considered.
Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered (please refer to funding manual and call document for details on eligibility of the DAAD-NRF In-Country Scholarship programmes).
Your application will be directed to the NRF for further assessment and selection through a DAADNRF selection panel.
A list of successful applicants that will be funded for 2014 will be found on the NRF website under the student link towards the end of December 2013.
Please contact the university postgraduate office or research office if you have any queries.
Application Deadline: 21 August 2013
Open for International Students: No (ONLY South Africans)
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