Postgraduate & Mature Students
Before registering as a student, you need to determine whether or not you will have sufficient funds to finance your studies, and if not, from which alternative sources you will be able to receive funding.
Academic fees and living expenses are perceived as the two main costs in study. Securing sufficient funding may be difficult, but the various sources of funding may be considered:
NMMU has a number of bursaries and scholarships available for academically deserving students. We also administer funds from corporate donors and national funding schemes such as the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
Briefly, NMMU financial support in the form of scholarships and bursaries includes the following:
NMMU offers three types of financial assistance for full-time students, namely:
You can also view what is available in terms of postgraduate bursary/scholarship opportunities from the Department of Research Capacity Development.
Honours students are the largest group of postgraduate students and form an important source from which master’s students are drawn. Therefore NMMU makes adequate funding available to sustain a viable pool of honours students.
Please consult the NRF for more detailed information on the criteria at:
A host of financial support opportunities are managed by our Department for Research Capacity Development (RCD). These bursaries/scholarships have different sources of funding and therefore different selection criteria. Visit their website for an overview of all possibilities at www.nmmu.ac.za/rcd.
The application forms for the following bursaries/scholarships are obtainable from the RCD when calls are made for application:
Students’ research should preferable fall within the focus areas of NMMU. Academic merit will be a criterion. Scholarships must initially be applied for, and are not granted automatically. The Postgraduate Research Scholarships are intended to cover the study fees, books and living costs of students.
The NMMU Sport Bureau annually allocates a number of monetary sport bursaries to deserving students and school leavers in an effort to improve the standard of sport at the institution and to ensure that young Eastern Cape sport stars continue their academic and sporting careers in the province.
Application can be made by completing the downloadable sport bursary application form available on the Sport Bureau website at www.nmmu.ac.za/sport. Forward it to the Director: Sport at the address indicated on the form before 30 September each year.
Successful candidates will be informed as soon as possible, by no later than 31 December each year.
South African has various statuary science councils through which the government commissions research for social, scientific and technological development. Most of these statuary bodies do not only provide opportunity for research capacity development, but also provides funding for studies.
As the government's national agency responsible for promoting and supporting basic and applied research as well as innovation, the NRF provides services and grants to support research and postgraduate research training, vital to the development of South Africa.
NRF provides postgraduate study bursaries for honours, final year BTech studies, masters’ and doctoral studies.
NRF is also linked up with various national research facilities and councils, research and technology development programmes, as well as international bodies that facilitate South African participation in relevant international research activities. These research bodies can be reached via the NRF website at www.nrf.ac.za.
Funding opportunities granted by the following councils and institutes can be viewed on their websites:
Also visit the SAinfo webpages on education matters for more information on and links to various research councils. (http://www.southafrica.info/ess_info/sa_glance/education/research.htm)
Various companies and donors worldwide make contributions to education as part of their corporate social investment. Apart from a range of such bursaries and funds administered by NMMU, applicants can directly approach companies, trusts and foundations for possible funding opportunities. Applications should be sent directly to such funders.
Students can obtain bursary booklets listing such independent funding opportunities from both the offices of Financial Aid and Research Capacity Development.
Universities and research foundations and councils all strive to establish international opportunities for collaborative study and research for South African students, researchers and scientists.
Science crosses international boundaries to provide strong, positive connections between individual scientists, institutions and nations. NRF facilitates such international linkages to strengthen the research base in South African.
Apart from their contact with the International Council for Science (ICSU) and other similar bodies, they expand through the African Interaction Programme in particular scientific cooperation between scientists in South Africa and their counterparts in the rest of Africa.
NMMU provides the following linkages:
Applicants can obtain a complete guide on the fees structure or download it from www.nmmu.ac.za
The Canon Collins Trust provides scholarships to students from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola and Mozambique who wish to pursue a postgraduate degree (mainly Master's degrees of one or two years) in either the United Kingdom or South Africa.
Enquires should be directed to the Regional Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Canon Collins Trust website for more details.
South Africa is a member of the Commonwealth community. Scholarship opportunities are made available to South African universities from time to time for studies locally or abroad. Contact details will be made available when scholarships become available.
The Deutcher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) or German Academic Exchange Service is a private, publicly funded, self governing organisation of the institutions of higher education in Germany. It has the function of promoting international academic relations especially through the exchange of students and staff. In-country and in-region scholarships are provided at African universities in the form of master’s and PhD grants. Eligibility
South African citizen (in exceptional cases permanent residents); Age limit of 36 at the date of application; Recommended by the Head of Department; Pursuing master’s or doctoral studies; Applicants may come from those fields of study that have a strong relevance to national development.
Enquiries should be directed to Mrs Helga Islam: Islam@daad.de
This scholarship provides for postgraduate study, in any field, at a recognised international university.
While there is no age limit, preference will be given to candidates under the age of 35. Note that applicants will be expected to have already gained entrance to a recognised international university before submitting information to FirstRand.
The successful applicant will be expected to, on completion of their studies, return to work in South Africa for a period of at least five years. Contact details will be made available when scholarships become available.
One scholarship for a student from South Africa to study for a year-long, full-time postgraduate taught degree programme at Newcastle University. Further information about the university is available at:
The Department for Research Capacity Development (RCD) administers postdoctoral scholarships, dealing with both South African and international postdoctoral scholars with expertise in a wide range of academic fields. The following opportunities for postdoctoral scholarships exists:
In the competitive world of work it is imperative to develop a professional skills and knowledge base to set yourself apart from the rest.
Most employers perceive the professional development of their employees important and have established various ways to improve their pool of skills – be it by in-house training or funding of formal studies. Consult your company’s Human Resources Department or Training Centre for support.
Not all of us are fortunate enough to qualify for bursaries and scholarships. Organisations and companies, including corporate banks, may offer competitive student loans to enable you to realise your study career at a reasonable pay-back agreement. Contact your local bank branch or employer for more information.
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Port Elizabeth, 6031, South Africa
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