Postgraduate Bursaries

Master’s and doctoral bursary

The next application period for this bursary is as follows:

  • Returning Unisa M&D bursary applicants: 23 November 2020 - 29 January 2021
  • New Unisa M&D bursary applicants: 4 January 2021 - 31 March 2021


To apply, please click here.

* Only online applications submitted via myUnisa will be considered. No hard copy or e-mail applications will be considered.


Download the master's and doctoral motivation form, which must be completed by both the student and the supervisor. The completed form may only be submitted online via myUnisa.

  • To download the returning applicant master’s and doctoral motivation form, click here.[DOC]
  • To download the new applicant master’s and doctoral motivation form, click here. [DOC]
  • Click here to submit the completed form online via myUnisa.


About the bursary

The master's and doctoral bursaries aim to assist students with their research activities and tuition fees, enabling them to register for and complete their degrees.

The bursary is intended to provide financial support to South African and international master’s and doctoral students, subject to eligibility, academic performance and the availability of funds.

Bursary guidelines, terms and conditions

The values of these bursaries as awarded in 2021 are as follows: 

  • Master’s degree by research or experimental research: The bursary covers tuition fees and research essentials limited to R55 000 over the first three consecutive years of study towards the qualification.
  • Master’s degree by coursework: The bursary covers tuition fees and research essentials limited to R25 000 over the first two consecutive years of study towards the qualification. 
  • Doctoral degree by research: The bursary covers tuition fees and research essentials limited to R80 000 over the first four consecutive years of study towards the qualification. 
  • Doctoral degree by experimental research: The bursary covers tuition fees and research essentials limited to R120 000 over the first four consecutive years of study towards the qualification.
  • Students must make every effort to complete their studies within the minimum period prescribed for the degree. 
  • No correspondence will be entered into regarding the maximum period of the bursary, except in exceptional extenuating circumstances. In such cases, an appeal may be submitted immediately to the Postgraduate Bursaries Administration Office Coordinator / Manager at CGS-pgb@unisa.ac.za, accompanied by a motivation from the student and supported by the supervisor.
  • Unisa gives no guarantee that bursaries will be awarded to all eligible students, as decisions governing the awarding of the bursary are based on academic performance; research priorities in research fields, innovative specialisation and appropriate methodology; and the availability of funds.
  • The bursary is offered to both South African and international students, with priority given to South African students according to an 80/20 per cent ratio.
  • Returning applicants must submit a re-application for funding each academic year for the duration of the bursary.
  • Annual renewal of the award for master’s and doctoral study is subject to a satisfactory academic progress report from the supervisor(s) that recommends financial support based on the student’s progress measured against the set plans/research activities as scheduled in the supervision contract for the previous academic year.
  • In order for the renewal of the bursary to be activated, returning postgraduate students must re-register for their relevant degree before the closing date for registration. 
  • A renewal bursary is granted only to students who have previously received the Unisa postgraduate bursary and continue to comply with the relevant conditions. 
  • Eligible returning students who do not re-register for the academic year will be in breach of the agreement governing the bursary. The current year’s bursary reapplication will be cancelled, and the amount awarded the previous year will be charged to the student’s account, which will be handed over to the Unisa legal department to effect the collection process.
  • If a student
    • fails to comply with any of the conditions of the award, and/ or
    • terminates their studies

their Unisa postgraduate bursary will be cancelled and the recent, previous and/ or current year’s Unisa postgraduate bursary amount awarded given will be charged to the student’s account, which will be handed over to the Unisa legal department to effect the collection process.
 

Requirements

The following must accompany the application for the master's or doctoral degree by research or experimental research bursary:

  1. Unisa proposal module results (please note that this bursary does not cover the research proposal module) 
  2. Proof of registration 
  3. Master’s and doctoral motivation form


The following must accompany the application for the master's degree by coursework bursary:

  1. The applicant’s academic record (the applicant must have passed two modules towards a master’s degree by coursework.)
  2. Proof of registration
  3. Master’s and doctoral motivation form


Please note:

  • Awards are dependent on available funding. 
  • The budget provided in the master’s and doctoral motivation form should not exceed the amount stipulated in the guideline above.
  • No late and/or incomplete applications will be considered. 
  • If you need assistance in applying for a bursary, please contact the Postgraduate Bursaries Administration Office.

For the bursary guidelines, terms and conditions click here. [PDF]

Last modified: 2021/02/08