UJ Masters Programme Funding Opportunities 2023

UJ Masters Programme Funding Opportunities 2023

The master’s degree at UJ focuses on equipping students with a broader understanding of their field of study at an advanced level. The heightened learning environment of UJ helps master’s students explore their topic of interest within groupings of like-minded individuals and provides for an intellectually rewarding experience. UJ master’s graduates are able to handle complex issues, make critical decisions based on logical data and communicate effectively to diverse audiences.

The Postgraduate School (PGS) provides support to the University of Johannesburg’s master’s students. This is done through the Postgraduate Funding Management (PFM) area. PFM is responsible for communicating the various postgraduate funding options made available at UJ for master’s level of study.

Master’s students are funded from internal and external funds in order for them to successfully complete their qualifications. Scholarships that are offered under internal funding are categorized as Global Excellence Stature with the research focus on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), and URC funds. URC funds have various sub-categories and are listed as URC International, Supervisor-Linked (SLB) bursaries and Special URC. SLB bursaries are available for both part-time and full-time students.

PFM has embarked on reaching our success plan by increasing the number of postgraduate students. Funding for master’s students is crucial to the university’s goals, hence external funders are assisting the university in reaching these goals. External funders are the National Research Foundation (NRF), Department of Science and Innovation and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (DSI-CSIR), Duke CE, Mandela Rhodes Foundation, Nedbank, Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth and various Sector of Education and Training Authority (SETA) organisations. Students can only apply when the call for these scholarships is out.

Click here to view the Postgraduate Funding Opportunities PDF document

Student information Session – NRF Postgraduate Funding Opportunities for 2023

The Postgraduate fund management department at the Postgraduate School, in partnership with the UJ Library and NRF, hosted an online student information session for Masters and Doctoral Students. This video will help students with the application process and some frequently asked questions.

DSI CSIR Inter-bursary Support Programme

The call for the 2023 DSI CSIR Inter-bursary Support Programme is out for applications. Honours/4th year Engineering/Postgraduate Diploma, Masters and Doctoral students who will enrol for one of the listed courses or students whose research interest is within the research areas listed in the attached advert are welcome to apply.

Please click on the provided link below to complete an online application:


Click here to view the advert

Click here to view the guidelines document

Closing Date 31 August 2023


NEW FELLOWSHIP CALL: Mellon/SAR Academic Freedom Workshop/Fellowships (early-career)

The purpose of the eight-month program is to support and encourage global community researching, writing and/or teaching on academic freedom and related issues. It provides a research stipend and supports professional workshops/communities for researchers to develop and share related work. 

In addition, recipients will have the opportunity to gain exposure to SAR’s programming and to network with SAR partner experts on academic freedom issues. The application deadline is 15 August 2023.  The fellowship term will run from November 2023-June 2023.  Details, including eligibility, are available in the attached flyer.

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For further enquiries on this opportunity, please contact Robert Quinn,  Executive Director, Scholars at Risk Network, email rquinn@nyu.edu

Click here to view the flyer



Call for applications.

ASIM is the consortium of four (4) Universities (Ardhi University, Covenant University, University of Johannesburg, University of Malawi – The Polytechnic, and an EU Technical partner (Leeds Beckett University), under the European Union Commission Grant on Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme. ASIM invites suitably qualified and highly motivated applicants from Africa into its Master’s and PhD degree programs as a strategy to increase the talent pool of expertise in infrastructure and to develop the capacity of African Higher Education Institutions (HEI) to deliver sustainable infrastructure education.

To view the call document please click here 


NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year

University of Johannesburg Closing dates

Scholarship  Opening date UJ Internal Closing date
Extension Support for Masters  Studies 1 Apr 2023 01 September 2023
First-time General Masters Scholarships 1 Apr 2023 23 July 2023
SARAO Masters Scholarships  1 Apr 2023 21 June 2023

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call for new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 academic year. All continuing students who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application.

The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. The entry age requirement is 28, 30 and 32 years or younger for honours, master’s and doctoral studies respectively, in the year of application, regardless of the first year of registration. Successful applicants will be funded either at Full Cost Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS).

The FCS funding will be awarded to South African citizens and Permanent Residents only, who are either financially needy (i.e., those whose combined household family income is less or equal to R350 000 per annum), living with a disability or exceptional academic achievers.

However, the PCS funding will be awarded to 5% of international students including South African citizens and Permanent Residents who could not be funded under FCS but meet other minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria.

Scholarships are intended to support honours, masters and doctoral candidates to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

The NRF has phased out the block grant nomination process as well as the grant-holder-linked modalities of funding postgraduate students in 2020. All the postgraduate students will be expected to apply on the NRF Online Submission System by accessing the link: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/. No manual applications will be accepted.

Students Applications Closing Date: Each University set its own internal cut-off dates for students’ applications and the applicants must abide by the dates provided in the table above to meet the University of Johannesburg deadlines.

Please refer to the application and funding guide and framework documents when completing the online application form at every step of the process.

For enquiries, applicants can contact the Postgraduate School on the below details.

Postgraduate School contact persons

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Mr Thabiso Masango: Telephone: 011 559 3287

Email Address: thabisom@uj.ac.za

Mr. Boitumelo Mokoena: Telephone: 011 559 4530

Email Address: bjmokoena@uj.ac.za

Ms. Charlotte Motinyane: Telephone: 011 559 4530

Email Address: cmotinyane@uj.ac.za


Application and Funding Framework

Frequently Asked Questions

NRF Statement of expectation for Postgraduate Training

SARAO Postgraduate Scholarships Application Guide for the 2023 Academic Year

DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Application and Funding Guide for 2023

NRF Recognised Higher Education Institutions(HEIs)



Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africa, 2023

Top achieving final year student/ graduate of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), we wish to draw to your attention a wonderful post-graduate opportunity to further your studies at Oxford University. Online applications for the 2023 Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africa open on 01 June 2023. The scholarships target talented, young South Africans; are fully funded for two years of study; and are inclusive (race, gender, religious affiliation, course of study, and financial need are not criteria for the Rhodes Scholarships).


Internationally, the Rhodes Scholarships are regarded as the oldest and arguably the preeminent global fellowships. Funded by a bequest in the Will of Cecil John Rhodes, the Rhodes Scholarships have been awarded since 1903.

From that date, nearly 1000 young people from across South Africa have been given the opportunity to further their post-graduate studies at Oxford University thanks to this scholarship programme. Annually 100 scholarships are awarded to high-potential graduates from 30 regions across the globe.

Who should apply? 

The Rhodes Scholarships are targeted at young South Africans, aged between 19-25 years (with an accommodation made for MBBCh graduates); graduates who are academically talented, display proven leadership skills and have a commitment to making a difference in their own community and beyond.

The scholarships fund post-graduate degrees (Masters and Doctorates) at Oxford University, which is ranked consistently as one of the top universities in the world and offers magnificent opportunities for post-graduate research and studies.

Entrance to Oxford is highly competitive, hence the scholarships are aimed at academic high-achievers, who show moral courage and character, empathy, and a commitment and desire to impact positively on the world.

Of the 100 Rhodes scholarships awarded each year, ten are allocated to the Southern African Constituency (comprising South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and eSwatini). Further scholarships are awarded to graduates from other regions across the continent: Zimbabwe (2), Zambia (2), Kenya (2), East Africa (1) and West Africa (2).

Closing Date – 15 August 2023

Letter to high achieving students 


Outreach Flyer

Info Session – 20 May 2023


DAAD In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme – information sessions

The DAAD awards funding to Sub-Saharan African students for full-time Master’s or PhD degrees in their home country or in another Sub-Saharan African country as part of its In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme. The programme promotes the mobility of researchers between Sub-Saharan African countries and capacity building at Sub-Saharan African universities.

Master’s and PhD scholarships in this programme are awarded for preselected degree programmes in development-related and SDG-oriented fields at preselected Sub-Saharan African institutions. Scholarships are awarded to Sub-Saharan African students for study and research in their home country (In-Country) or in another Sub-Saharan African country (In-Region).

DAAD is hosting information sessions about these Scholarships

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Click here for more details

Click here to visit the registration page


Horizon Europe Africa Initiative Calls

Horizon Europe is open to researchers and innovators from around the globe who are encouraged to team up with EU partners in preparing proposals. It will include dedicated actions to support and strengthen cooperation through multilateral initiatives.

As a strategic partner, the EU seeks to enhance cooperation with Africa to promote actions targeted to finding locally adapted solutions to challenges that are global in nature, but which often hit Africa hardest.

The Horizon Europe work programme 2023-2024 includes around 36 topics with a budget of around €350 million under Calls for Proposals that are particularly relevant for cooperation with Africa.

Who can apply?

The calls for proposals require or encourage the participation of African entities. Topics range from climate change, rural innovation, sustainable food systems and sustainable energy to bringing European highly innovative SMEs to the forefront of African markets.

To learn more about funding opportunities: 


Research Partners

EU encourage collaboration with other partners and existing programmes. Examples include the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence (ARISE) and the ACP Innovation Fund. Other ongoing partnerships and programmes in research & innovation between the European Union and Africa include the Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (LEAP-AGRI), the Partnership for Research & Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA), and the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). 

In addition, UJ is a member of Crowdhelix Network, an open and innovation network and virtual platform for universities, research organisations, and businesses seeking funding and collaboration opportunities from the European Union.

The deadline for submissions varies depending on the call and is between September to November 2023. 

The  calls are coordinated by the International Office, please contact Ms Ntombise Mangqase at nmangqase@uj.ac.za for more information

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