NRF-MINDS Doctoral Scholarship 2023 for African Students

NRF-MINDS Doctoral Scholarship 2023 for African Students

When is the application deadline?

July 8, 2022

Tell me about NRF-MINDS PhD scholarship:

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call for new applications for DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 academic year. All continuing students eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a progress report and not a new application.

The program identifies academically gifted African scientists from limited backgrounds to pursue postgraduate studies at some of the continent’s top universities. Over a five-year period, MINDS will fund and support 45 honors and masters scholars to study at African universities outside their country of origin, while the NRF will contribute funding to 50 doctoral scholars from the rest of the continent who are based in South African universities.

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, the development of human resources and the provision of the necessary research facilities to facilitate knowledge creation, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge. ease; to support and promote public awareness and involvement in science; and promoting the development and maintenance of the national science system and supporting government priorities, thereby helping to improve the quality of life of all South Africans.

About the GHOSTS:

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

Which fields are eligible?

The scholarship program supports postgraduate students in critical areas for the continent – ​​African Heritage; Water-Energy-Food Nexus; smart economy; IT; 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 delivering positive outcomes that benefit all countries.

What kind of scholarship is this?


Who can apply for an NRF-MINDS Doctoral Scholarship?

Be a citizen of an African country other than SA, residing in an African country Thirty-two (32) tears of age and or under the age of 31 December in the year of application for the doctoral scholarship and intend to commence full-time doctoral studies pursue from the next academic year of the year of application to a SA public university.

Which countries are eligible?

South African Students and International

Where will the prize be won?

South Africa

How many scholarships are given?


What is the advantage of NRF-MINDS Doctoral Scholarship?

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

How long does the program last?

3 years

How to Apply for an NRF-MINDS PhD Scholarship?

All postgraduate students are expected to apply for the NRF Connect system through the link: No manual requests will be accepted.

Visit the Award webpage for details

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