South African master’s and PhD students are invited to apply for the 2015 DAAD/NRF Joint In-Country Scholarship programme for Masters and PhD students studying at South African universities in 2015.  The programme is based on a partnership between German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). The In-Country Scholarship Programme offers a maximum of 100 new scholarship awards for Masters’ and Doctoral candidates per annum.
The programme is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). The scholarship is aimed at future academic staff development without neglecting other sector demands for academically trained personnel
Worth of Awards

  • Scholarship values are as follows: Master’s degree: ZAR 50,000.00 p.a.; and PhD degree: ZAR 100,000.00 p.a.
  • Additional research funds and travel grants to conferences are not awarded to awardees on this scholarship: the exception will be for short-term (2-6 months) research visits to Germany mentioned below.

Please carefully read through the eligibility criteria before applying.

  • Applicants must be South African citizens or hold permanent residence status in South Africa (in the latter case, both certified proof of university employment and residency must be provided).
  • Applicants must have obtained an accumulative grade average of 65% and above to be considered.
  • Female candidates and those belonging to historically disadvantaged groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • An age limit of 36 years at the time of application applies.
  • Applicants may come from all fields of study that have a strong relevance to the national development of the country. Fields include: the natural sciences, mathematics, ICT, engineering, agricultural sciences, and applied social sciences. Humanities and fine arts are excluded from this programme. However, Humanities applications may be considered if the research has a social focus.
  • Applicants who already hold a qualification for the level of funding they are applying for are not eligible.
  • Scholarships-holders are allowed to hold supplementary bursaries, grants or emoluments which may be capped in line with NRF and university policies.
  • The scholarship must not be held simultaneously with a bursary/scholarship from any other NRF source, NRF administered source or other government sources without prior NRF/ DAAD permission.
  • If the applicant does receive supplementary funding during the duration of the scholarship, this has to be declared to the NRF/ DAAD.
  • Scholarship-holders must not hold full-time salaried employment during the duration of the scholarship. They will be allowed to undertake a maximum of 12 hours of employment which includes teaching, tutorials, and assistance or demonstration duties per week on average.
  • University staff members applying to the programme will have to provide a supporting letter from their human resource department clearly indicating their working hours and status of employment during the tenure of the award.

How to Apply
A. Application Materials
The following documents are required in the application attachment section.

  • Proof of South African Identity Document (ID) or proof of Permanent Residency together with letter indicating university employment (if applicable, only at PhD levels).
  • Official and certified university degree certificates and transcripts indicating a minimum accumulative academic requirement of 65% in previous degree.
  • Recommendation by Supervisor (compulsory for doctoral applicants).
  • Admission letter indicating full-time registration (if available). This will be required if successful.
  • Reference Letters (if available).
  • You can submit your application online and attach scanned copies of all these required documents.

Deadline: Application closes August 15, 2014
Important Notice: Download the application guide via this link.
Click here to start your application online

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