Funding | Research Support

 

Funding

There are various funding opportunities for which students can apply, to support their studies at NWU.  Below is a list of different funding opportunities that are available to those candidates who adhere to the minimum requirements.

Candidates are advised to secure additional support, as the bursaries or scholarships are only a contribution and do not always cover the full-cost a of post-graduate student.

Applicants must submit their applications on the NRF Online Submission System at: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za

Please note: there are downloadable PDF documents which vary in file size, available on this page.

 

Funding Calls

NRF Calls

Calls NWU Internal Closing Date NRF Closing Date  Designated Authority
SASAC High-Level Capacity Strengthening Programme 20 April 2018 27 April 2018 Mrs Heide Goedhals
NRF/FAPESP Joint Science and Technology Research Colloboration 26 April 2018 3 May 2018 Mrs Heide Goedhals
Austria / South AFrica Joint Scientific and Technological Cooperation 23 April 2018 30 April 2018 Mrs Heide Goedhals
NRF/Belspo Joint Call (Belgium - South Africa) 4 May 2018 11 May 2018 Ms Funanani Lavhelani
Thuthuka 3 May 2018 10 May 2018 Ms Funanani Lavhelani
NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships 4 May 2018 11 May 2018 Mrs Heide Goedhals
NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the United Kingdom 2019 4 May 2018 11 May 2018 Ms Funanani Lavhelani
Human and Social Dynamics Funding Instrument 2019 4 May 2018 11 May 2018 Ms Funanani Lavhelani
Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) 2019 4 May 2018 11 May 2018 Ms Funanani Lavhelani
Research Development Grants for Y-Rated Researchers 2019 7 May 2018 14 May 2018 Mrs Heide Goedhals
NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships 2018 7 May 2018 14 May 2018 Ms Funanani Lavhelani
Competitive Programme for Unrated Researchers (CSUR) 2019 7 May 2018 14 May 2018 Mrs Heide Goedhals
Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers (CPRR) 2019 7 May 2018 14 May 2018 Mrs Heide Goedhals
South African Postdoctoral researchers interested in undertaking research visits to ERC funded teams 11 May 2018 18 May 2018 Mrs Heide Goedhals
Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) - Small Grants 2018 28 May 2018 4 June 2018 Mrs Heide Goedhals
Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) - Large Integrated Team Projects 2018 28 May 2018 4 June 2018 Mrs Heide Goedhals
South Africa/France Science and Technology Research Collaboration (PROTEA) 28 May 2018 4 June 2018 Ms Funanani Lavhelani

 

Honours Block Grant

This call is closed for 2018.

 

Institutional Bursary

This call will open soon for Master and PhD students.  Please visit the website regularly for any updates that may follow.

 

Calls for Annual Progress Reports

This call is now closed for 2018.  Please visit the website regularly for any updates that may follow.

 

Emerging Researchers Development Programme

This call is now closed.  Please visit the website regularly for any updates that may follow.

SARChI

This call is now closed. Please visit the website regularly for any updates that may follow.

 

CV update

Grant-holders are requested to update their 2017 Research Outputs on their CV on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za

 

The 2017 outputs will be listed in the APR and grant-holders will be able to select the ones they wish to have included in the relevant Annual Progress Report

 

Post-Funding

 

All students who received funding for master’s or doctoral degrees, need to provide the NRF with information regarding their completed degree, as stated in the M&D Agreement Form that all grant-holders sign before the NRF funds are released.

Once you have graduated, the following steps need to be taken to complete the post-funding NRF requirements:

 

1. Obtain your Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETC) link.

All NWU theses and dissertations are loaded onto Boloka, the NWU Institutional Repository.

Link to Boloka: http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/1.

 

The process works as follows:

1.1 You hand in hard and electronic copies of your thesis/dissertation at the M&D offices.

1.2 After processing, it is sent to the library’s cataloguing section.

1.3 After graduation, the library’s cataloguing section receives the graduation booklet. With this booklet they start cataloguing the electronic theses and dissertations.

1.4 After they have been catalogued they are loaded onto Boloka, which is where you will find your EDT link.

1.5 You have to search for your title on Boloka and obtain your EDT link.

 

If you have any queries or difficulties accessing your ETD link, please contact Ms Willemijn de Kock.

 

2.  Obtain your Researcher  ID (ORCID)

Go to http://orcid.org and register yourself.

 

3.  Gather the documents required by the NRF

As taken from the M&D Agreement Form:

On having been awarded the degree to which this scholarship pertains the scholarship-holder must submit the following to the NRF by the contractual date:

3.1 a photocopy of the title page

3.2 a photocopy of the page which reflects acknowledgement of NRF support

3.3 approximately 300 word summary of the findings (in English) for inclusion i the NEXUS database of current and completed research

3.4 a written statement by the university that the dissertation/mini-thesis had been accepted for degree purposes, and

3.5 an electronic version of the thesis (ETD link)

The scholarship-holder will acknowledge the financial assistance of the NRF as follows on the title page of the mini thesis/dissertation as well as in all papers and publications that emanate from the study:

 

The financial assistance of the National Research Foundation (NRF) towards this research is hereby acknowledged. Opinions expressed and conclusions arrived at, are those of the author and are not necessarily to be attributed to the NRF.

 

4.  Complete the NRF funded Thesis/Dissertation Requirements page:

Go to http://www.nrf.ac.za/nrf_funded_thesis_dissertation_requirements and provide the necessary information.  Please upload all the required documents here.

 

Please note the following:

  • Institutional Repository's email: willemijn.dekock@nwu.ac.za
  • Grantee email: Your email address
  • Thesis DOI/Handle: Boloka/ETD link

 

5.  The last step

Once you have completed your information on the NRF website, please notify Ms Funanani Lavhelani by sending a confirmation email.

 

ORCID 

What is ORCID®?

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identification) is an open, not-for-profit organisation with the aim of supplying a persistent and unique identifier - an ORCID iD - to any individual who is involved in research, scholarship and innovation activities.

Why do I need to register for ORCID®?

The NRF require an ORCID iD when submitting funded research outputs as well as applying for funding opportunities. The NRF repository will use this unique identifier to link to publications and datasets in the future

How do I register for ORCID®?

Follow this link to visit the NWU Manuscript system to create a new ORCID iD. This system can also be used to link an existing ORCID iD. If you are unsure whether you already have an ORCID iD, search the ORCID registry on their website for your name.

Click here for a step by step guide through the registration and linking process.

Announcement of successful applications

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • If your name appears in the table that follows, you have been successful in receiving an award for 2018.
  • The NRF staff will forward award letters to successful candidates.
  • Feedback to unsuccessful candidates will only be provided throughout the year due to processing of funding outcomes for various funding instruments.
  • Once you have received the Conditions of grant (CoG), please read through the written agreement carefully, before accepting the award.
  • All signed and completed documentation must be forwarded to the NRF via your university postgraduate funding office, research office or financial aid office.
  • Funds will only be released once the completed documentation has been received by the NRF.
  • Awards not taken up will be automatically cancelled, unless otherwise approved by the NRF.

 

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