South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) with The World Academy of Sciences(TWAS) invites applications for the NRF-TWAS Doctoral Fellowships in the 2020/21 academic session.

Programme Details

  • TWAS-NRF Doctoral Fellowships are tenable at research institutions in South Africa for a maximum period of three years. They are awarded to scientists from developing countries (other than South Africa) to enable them to pursue PhD research in the natural sciences.
  • TWAS-NRF African Renaissance Doctoral Fellowships are tenable at research institutions in South Africa for a maximum period of three years. They are awarded to scientists from Africa (other than South Africa) to enable them to pursue PhD research in the natural sciences.
  • The language of instruction will be English

Worth of Award

  • NRF will provide travel to and from South Africa, a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation, food and health insurance.
  • The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency.

Eligibility

Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • be nationals of a developing country* (other than South Africa);
  • must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in South Africa or any developed country;
  • must be a maximum of 32 years of age by 31 December of the year of application;
  • must have obtained an MSc degree in a field of natural sciences;
  • must have proof of evaluation of all foreign qualifications (obtained from non-South African universities) evaluated by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) or proof that the applicant has submitted his/her qualifications to SAQA for evaluation. Failure to submit proof will result in the application being rejected;
  • provide evidence that s/he will return to her/his home country on completion of the fellowship;
  • not take up other assignments during the period of her/his fellowship;
  • provide an official letter from a host South African institution, department or laboratory and motivation from the applicant’s host;
  • meet the following requirements of the English Language Proficiency Academic test: IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0); or TOEFL (paper) 575 (TWE 4.5); or TOEFL iBIT (min. 20); or Cambridge minimum 58,
  • present a detailed research project that must be registered and approved by the host institution and provide a letter of support from the prospective host supervisor;
  • be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.

How to Apply

Stage 1:

Application for acceptance at South African Institutions

Applicants must contact institutions in South Africa or potential supervisors to obtain a placement into the doctoral research training programme.

  • Applicants must provide an official letter from their host South African institution, department or laboratory and motivation from the applicant’s host. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the respective institution to apply for acceptance. In addition, it is also the responsibility of the applicant to secure a supervisor for the study;
  • The research project must be registered and approved by the host institution (a letter of support from the prospective supervisor must be attached to the application.

Application for evaluation of foreign qualifications from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

  • Applicants must have all foreign qualifications (obtained from non-South Africa universities) evaluated by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). Proof that at least the applicant has submitted his/her qualification for evaluation at SAQA must be submitted with the application, failing which the application will be rejected.
  • Applicants are advised to start this process early to allow time for processing.
  • Applicants must strictly adhere to all the instructions and provide all applicable documents to avoid delays and rejection of applications. Applicants are advised to courier all application documents to SAQA directly.

Stage 2:

Submitting your application

Applicants must apply for the NRF – TWAS Doctoral Fellowship Call for 2021 by accessing the link on the NRF Online application system (kindly select the “Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for Full-time Studies for 2021” which includes the TWAS-NRF PhD programme).and follow the steps below:

On accessing the link, please follow the following instructions:

  • Individuals that are not registered on the NRF Online system, must first register by selecting the ‘new registration’ option and complete all sections.
  • Once a profile has been created, login using your passport number and password.
  • Select “My Applications”.
  • Select “Create Application”.
  • Select the call for which you are applying: NRF – TWAS Doctoral Fellowship Call for 2021.
  • Select “Apply now”.
  • Complete all relevant sections of the application form
  • Remember to complete all compulsory sections of the application as incomplete applications will not be considered for support by the NRF. Please follow the step-by-step directions supplied in the Funding Guide.
  • Remember to submit your application on completion.

Please see the step-by-step guidelines in the “Application and Funding Guide”

Please attach the required documents (please see the Application and Funding Guide for complete details):

  • Certified copy of the Passport;
  • Official acceptance letter from a South African university;
  • Certified copies of undergraduate and postgraduate certificates;
  • English Language Proficiency Academic test if available; and
  • SAQA evaluation certificate or proof of application for the evaluation.

Should you not follow the guidelines for attaching the necessary documents, your application will not be considered.

Deadline: application closes on August 14, 2020.

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