The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers bursaries for Honours and BTech eligible students in 2017 in the following funding categories: NRF Free-standing; Innovation and Scarce Skills Development Fund.

The bursary is intended to support Honours and final year B Tech students in the following fields of study at public universities in South Africa:

Honours programmes: Accounting; Actuarial Studies; Agriculture; Auditing; Biotechnology; Business Management; Chemistry; Computer Science; Economics; Engineering; Financial Accounting; Financial Management; Geology; Information Systems; Mathematical Sciences; Physics and Statistics.

Final Year BTech: Architectural Technology; Architecture (Professional); Biokinetics; Biomedical Technology; Cartography; Chiropractic; Clinical Technology; Dental Technology; Emergency Medical Care; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Industrial Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Mechanical: Mechatronics Engineering; Metallurgy; Refractories Engineering; Forestry; Homeopathy; Nursing; Nursing Science; Community Nursing; Primary Health Care; Occupational Nursing.

Who can apply:

  • Only South African citizens who intend to register full-time at a South African public university.
  • You cannot apply if you already hold an Honours or B Tech degree.
  • You cannot apply for undergraduate programmes.

How to apply:
You must first be accepted to a university to complete your Honours or final-year BTech degree. You can then apply directly at The NRF will then receive your application and ask the university to evaluate and nominate you to take up the allocated bursary made available to the university by the NRF’s funds.

Evaluation criteria:
The university will evaluate your application by using a scorecard provided to them by the NRF. The following will be taken into consideration when evaluating your application:
  • Did you receive money from NSFAS for your undergraduate degree;
  • Is your Honours or BTech programme a priority research area of study to be supported;
  • Do you intend to continue with a Master’s degree upon completing your Honours or B Tech degree; and
  • Your previous academic results

You can find more information on the NRF website here.