DAAD-NRF in-country Masters and Doctoral Scholarship Programme

DAAD-NRF in-country Masters and Doctoral Scholarship Programme


The core mandate of the National Research Foundation (NRF) is to promote and support research through funding, human capital development and the provision of the necessary facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of research.  In order to realise this mandate, the NRF has made substantial commitment and investment towards supporting emerging researchers to intensify and strengthen African and global networks.  This is in line with the National Development Plan 2030, and the national priorities as set out in the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MSTF). The continuous improvements in research and innovation set South Africa on a competitive platform globally to leverage effective partnerships and funding.

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 1000 African postgraduates, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in partnership with the 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 NRF. The scholarship is aimed at future academic staff development without neglecting other sector demands for academically trained personnel.

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All South African applications must be submitted through an online application process to the NRF at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za. A detailed call document is attached.

Please note that applications submitted outside the NRF Submission system will not be accepted.

Please refer to the framework document when completing the online application form at every step of the process.

  • DAAD-NRF Call Guideline‌
  • DAAD-NRF Framework‌
  • DAAD-NRF Masters and Doctoral Scholarships – Application and Funding Guide

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