PhD, MA and Honours bursaries for 2025

The NRF has introduced a new system from 2021 which has changed the process of applying for scholarships/bursaries for postgraduate research degrees linked to the SARChI Research Chairs.

Application forms are available online on the NRF website.

1.) Bursary applicants must link their application to this Research Chair by means of its Grant Unique Identifier (UID) on their applications under ‘Details of Degree (for Honours applications) and Reference Record (for Masters and Doctoral applications)’:

         1.1) UID: 98765.

2.) They should also consult with the Chairholder about their applications beforehand.

3.) Note that NRF SARChI bursaries are intended primarily for South African citizens or permanent residents, and equity considerations apply.

Potential students who do NOT qualify for the NRF SARChI bursaries on offer are still eligible for acceptance into this Chair’s research programme, provided they meet the general University, departmental and research programme admissions criteria; have sufficient funds to cover their academic and living costs, AND there is appropriate supervisory capacity within the research programme to accommodate them.

General university and departmental requirements

Prospective students will also need to meet the requirements of Stellenbosch University and the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology for acceptance into their proposed degree programmes in order to be able to proceed to registration.

Closing dates for applications for Honours and MA studies in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology are communicated on the departmental website in the second half of the academic year. Applications for doctoral studies are considered throughout the year.

Details on how to apply for postgraduate studies at Stellenbosch are available on the University’s postgraduate website: https://www0.sun.ac.za/pgstudies/enrolment-at-stellenbosch-university.html .

Departmental requirements for postgraduate studies can be found on the Department’s website: http://www0.sun.ac.za/sociology/

Applicants can also contact the Department’s Postgraduate Administrator, Mrs Genay Gabriels, for assistance; e-mail: genay@sun.ac.za.

Call for 2025 academic year NRF Postgraduate Scholarships are open

The call for applications for the 2025 academic year are now open. Please note the closing dates below.

  • Honours: 22 November 2024 (or 2 September for financial need applications)
  • First-time Master’s: 19 July 2024
  • First-time Doctoral: 19 July 2024

Details on how to apply for NRF Postgraduate funding are available at the link below:

DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2025 Academic Year – National Research Foundation

Motivation to the Research Chair

Those wishing to join this SARChI research programme should send an individual motivation directly to Prof Robins at the following email address: slr@sun.ac.za. Potential applicants are also encouraged to engage with Prof Robins about their interests and the programme before applying (via e-mail in the first instance).

The motivation should contain the following:

1.) A letter setting out the applicant’s background, interest in the research programme, what s/he would bring to the programme, a brief outline of one or possibly more potential research topics (for development into a full research proposal if accepted), and any other information the applicant deems relevant in support of his/her application

2.) An example of the applicant’s recent academic writing (e.g. an academic essay, an Honours project, a chapter from a thesis or an academic article

3.) For applicants NOT currently or previously registered in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Stellenbosch University:

      -an academic CV as well as copies of relevant academic transcripts

      – the names and contact details of at least two academic referees.

Other documentation may be requested if required.

It is not expected that applicants will have fully developed research projects in mind when first applying. What will count more than a detailed proposal is a motivation that shows that they are actively interested in the overall scope of this SARChI research programme, are committed to developing a research project that will contribute to meeting its broad objectives and have the ability to succeed academically in the applicant’s chosen degree programme.