NRF-MINDS Doctoral Scholarship 2024 for African Students

NRF-MINDS Doctoral Scholarship 2024 for African Students

When is Application Deadline?

11th July 2023

Tell Me About NRF-MINDS Doctoral Scholarship:

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call for new applications for DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the academic year 2023. 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 programme will identify academically gifted African scholars from resource-challenged backgrounds to pursue postgraduate study in some of the best universities across the continent. Over a period of five years, MINDS will fund and support 45 Honours and Master’s scholars to study at African universities outside their country of origin, while the NRF will contribute funding for 50 Doctoral scholars from the rest of the continent based at South African universities.

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About the NRF:

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is an independent statutory body established in accordance with the National Research Foundation Act. Its mandate is to support and promote research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge; supporting and promoting public awareness of, and engagement with, science; and promoting the development and maintenance of the national science system and support of Government priorities, thereby contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of all South Africans.

About the MINDS:

The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is an Africa-wide think tank which provides an inclusive platform for dialogue, information dissemination and networking. The programmes supported by MINDS are underpinned by rigorous research into all aspects of African Heritage, in order to shape policy and practice on critical issues of governance, integrated economic development and the evolution of African institutions. Through its programmes MINDS seeks to address the short, medium, and long-term developmental challenges facing Africa in a holistic and comprehensive manner.

Which Fields are Eligible?

 The scholarship programme will support postgraduate students in critical fields for the continent – African Heritage; Water-Energy-Food Nexus; Smart Economy; ICT; Artificial Intelligence and Robotics; and Health. These students will directly contribute to creating a pool of young leaders committed to playing a critical role in achieving a more integrated African economy with accelerated growth generating positive outcomes that benefit all of its countries.

What Type of Scholarship is this?


Who can apply for NRF-MINDS Doctoral Scholarship?

  • Be a citizen of an African country other than SA, residing in any African country
  • Be thirty two (32) tears of age and or younger on 31 December in the year of application for the doctoral scholarship and
  • Be intending to pursue full-time doctoral studies with effect from the following academic year of the year of application at a SA public university.

Which Countries are Eligible?

South African students & International

Where will Award be Taken?

South Africa

How Many Scholarships will be Given?


What is the Benefit of NRF-MINDS Doctoral Scholarship?

  • Full Cost of Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS).

How Long will Program Last?

3 years

How to Apply for NRF-MINDS Doctoral Scholarship?

All the postgraduate students will be expected to apply on the NRF Connect system by accessing the link: manual applications will be accepted.

Visit Award Webpage for Details