Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

for postgraduate applicants

There are several bursaries, scholarship and assistantship opportunities available every year that post graduate students are encouraged to apply for. A compilation of financial assistance and scholarship opportunities for Wits postgraduate students can be found here. Please check the deadlines for applications and ensure you apply online for funding in time.

Included in the compilation above is the university’s Postgraduate Merit Award system that can provide funding that covers the tuition fees of successful applicants. The deadline for Postgraduate Merit Award applications is 31 October 2020: please visit

Applications for National Research Foundation (NRF) funding, mentioned in the compilation booklet linked to above, must be submitted via the NRF Online system at NRF scholarship applications for 2021 funding open on 1 July and the closing date is 30 November. The NRF has a number of videos on YouTube about their funding options. Please consult this guide to using the NRF website.

Applications for Hons degree funding from the National Students Financial Assistance Scheme (NSFAS) close on 30 November, and should be done through the university’s applications portal: see

As part of the In-Region Scholarship Programme, DAAD is offering up to 4 In-Region scholarships for Masters studies and up to 5 In-Region scholarships for PhD studies for the intake 2021 at the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), University of the Witwatersrand. The DAAD In-Region Scholarship Programme aims at fostering strong, internationally oriented higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa with the capacity to contribute to sustainable development. To this end, scholarships are granted for development-related Master or doctoral studies for individuals who plan to pursue a career in teaching and / or research at a higher education institution in Sub-Saharan Africa

Scholarships will be awarded subject to the provision of funds and to the conclusion of contract between the host institution and DAAD.

The programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and aims at university staff in the first line, without neglecting the public sector demand of academically trained personnel.

The target group for scholarships are graduates and postgraduates from Sub- Saharan Africa with a first academic degree if applying for a Master’s programme, or with a Master’s degree if applying for a doctoral programme who want to pursue Master’s or PhD courses. In-Region Scholarships are aimed at students who want to participate in a study programe in a country of their home region (here: Sub-Saharan Africa/outside their home country).

Application Closing Date at DAAD (for pre-selected candidates only): June 2, 2020

Read the full call for applications here: DAAD In-Region Scholarship Programme Call for Applications at ACMS (2021)