|Deadline: August 14, 2020||Institution(s): National Research Foundation
|Level of Study: Ph.D||Study in: South Africa|
TWAS-NRF Doctoral Programme 2020
TWAS-NRF Doctoral Programme is open for international students who want to undertake Ph.D. or doctoral research studies at NRF, South Africa for academic year 2020-2021. The programme will provide a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation, food and health insurance.
- Agricultural Sciences
- Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
- Biological Systems and Organisms
- Medical and Health Sciences incl.
- Chemical Sciences
- Engineering Sciences
- Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
- Mathematical Sciences
Upto 3 years
TWAS-NRF Doctoral Programme 2020 will provide the recipient with the following benefits:
- 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.
- The applicant will be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.
To qualify for TWAS-NRF Doctoral Programme, candidate must fulfill all of the following requirements below:
- Required Language: English.
- Eligible Countries: All world countries (non-EU).
- Anyone from the developing countries can apply.
- Must not be living studying or working in South Africa or any developed country.
- Applicants who were previously employed or studying towards a degree, or undertaking research in South Africa, and have returned to their country of origin, but have been in their country of origin for less than two (2) years, are not eligible to apply.
- Must have obtained minimum of 65% at the masters’ level in order to apply for doctoral funding.
- Must register at a South African public university in 2021, on a full-time basis and may be based at any South African public research institution including Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Science Councils and National Research Facilities.
- 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;
- provide evidence that s/he will return to her/his home country on completion of the fellowship.
- 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.
- For more information about master and doctoral studies click here.
How to Apply for TWAS-NRF Doctoral Programme 2020?
Please follow the following application instructions to apply for TWAS-NRF Doctoral Programme:
Applicants must contact institutions in South Africa or potential supervisors to obtain a placement into the doctoral research training programme. For details of recognised HEIs and other Public Research Institutions click here.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.Applicants must apply for the NRF – TWAS Doctoral Fellowship 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.
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
- SAQA evaluation certificate or proof of application for the evaluation
- 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. Information on the process can be accessed by logging on to www.saqa.org.za. On the SAQA website, navigate to Service – Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications – General Information. 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.
- Should you not follow the guidelines for attaching the necessary documents, your application will not be considered.
- For more information about how to apply click here.
To know more about TWAS-NRF Doctoral Programme, please visit official website: