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Bursaries and Fellowships

The DSI/NRF South African Research Chair: Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development has the following bursaries and fellowships available for students and researchers on a full-time basis. Bursary holders and fellows constitute the Chair's research team and are expected to participate actively in the Chair’s work throughout the academic year.  This work will include participation in research skills and seminars on Intellectual Property Law, attending research group meetings, working research projects, editorial assignments, dissemination of research outputs and limited organisational tasks for Chair hosted events, conferences and seminars. 

Please note that bursaries are given primarily to South Africans from designated groups. All bursaries should be held as primary funding towards the degree. Bursaries cannot be held concurrently with any other NRF or South African Government funded bursary scheme. If a bursary applicant is not already registered for postgraduate study in the Faculty of Law, application for admission must be filed separately, in accordance with the instructions provided by the Faculty of Law for PhDs and Masters by Research candidates and for Masters by coursework and dissertation students. Please note the relevant admission application deadlines as indicated on the pages linked to above. 

NRF Postgraduate Scholarships 2022

The NRF has phased out the block grant nomination process as well as the grant-holder linked modalities of funding postgraduate students used in 2020 and previous years. As from the 2021 funding year, all postgraduate students will be expected to apply on the NRF Online Submission System by accessing the link: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/, no manual applications will be accepted.

The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. Applicants for honours, masters and doctoral funding must be 28, 30 and 32 years of age or younger respectively in the year of application. Successful applicants will be funded either at Full Cost Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS). The FCS funding will be awarded to South African citizens and permanent residents only, who are either financially needy (i.e., those whose combined household family income is less or equal to R350 000 per annum), living with a disability or exceptional academic achievers. However, the PCS funding will be awarded to 5% of international students including South African citizens and permanent residents who could not be funded under FCS but meet other minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria. 

The UCT Internal Closing Dates to submit your 2022 application on https://NRFSubmission.nrf.ac.za  is 2 July 2021

See the full UCT Postgraduate Funding Office notice for further details. 


Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

From time to time, the Chair recruits a postdoctoral research fellow to pursue a clearly defined research project and to actively support the operation of the Chair. The fellow is given opportunities to develop his/her professional profile through teaching and/or postgraduate supervision experience. This is a full-time position, based in Cape Town, and fellows may not hold any other full-time or part-time job or undertake any other work for remuneration for the duration of the fellowship.

The tenure of the fellowship is for one year, with the possibly of renewal for a second year subject to satisfactory progress. The current value of the fellowship is R220,000. The fellowship does not include benefits or travel/relocation costs but the Chair will assist the fellow to seek funding for conference expenses, where required.