2021 University of Pretoria Commonwealth Scholarship for Doctoral Studies in South Africa

 The University of Pretoria is seeking candidates for doctoral studies who will make significant contributions to its research endeavour. University of Pretoria has made funds available for two doctoral scholarships for students coming from Commonwealth Countries (excluding South African students). This scholarship will be awarded on a competitive basis. Information about these research activities can be obtained from the website of the University.

Scholarship Details:

  • Type: PhD
  • Number of award: 2
  • Nationalities: Commonwealth Countries
  • Duration: 3 years with the option of extension under the exceptional condition
  • Scholarship worth: R170 000 per annum
  • Deadline: 13 September 2020

Eligibility :

  • Applicants must be citizens of Commonwealth countries.
  • Applicants must conduct their studies at the University of Pretoria to commence in 2021.
  • Applicants must have completed the degree that will give them admission to a doctoral programme no more than two years before the application for the University of Pretoria Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship.
  • Applicants must not be older than 35 years of age at the time of application.
  • PhD and Masters students who are currently registered at the University of Pretoria are not eligible for the Doctoral Scholarship.

Cost covered by Scholarship :

  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Fees per annum.
  • Medical Aid
  • Books/Stationery

Cost covered by Supervisor:

  • Additional costs covered by the University:
  • Flight ticket to RSA from the home country on proof of study permit.
  • Return flight ticket to home country at the end of the programme as confirmed by the faculty.
  • Shuttle service on arrival in South Africa from OR Tambo International Airport to Pretoria and return from Pretoria to OR Tambo on completion.
  • UP application fee and Visa costs which will be refunded on proof of receipts on arrival.

Costs not covered by the Institution:

  • Family expenses
  • Additional baggage expenses

Supplementary Funds :

  • The holder of this scholarship may hold supplementary external bursaries/ grants/scholarships.
  • The maximum value of awards allowed is R300 000.00 p.a. The UP PhD Commonwealth Scholarship must be the primary award.

Period of support

  • The scholarship funding will be for a maximum period of support for three academic years. Awardee to complete the Doctoral studies within the minimum required three academic years.
  • An extension request will only be considered under exceptional cases by the incumbent submitting a written motivation supported by the supervisor.
  • The extension request will be considered by the University’s Institutional Selection Committee in October.
  • The motivation must indicate the following:
  • The number of additional months that will be required (which may not exceed 12 months)
  •  The research costs required for the extension period.
  • The amount of financial support the Supervisor can provide towards the extension period.

Application Procedure

To be considered for this scholarship, candidates must submit the following documentation to the University of Pretoria;

  • Application form for the UP PhD Commonwealth Scholarship
  • Attached to the application form the following:
  • The UP Online application Ref “T” number or 2021 student number provided to you by UP.
  • A written motivation from the prospective Doctoral supervisor that applicant will be supervised by them and research funding is available.
  • An outline (one A4 page), of the proposed research work.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) – no more than 3 pages
  • Proof that study leave will be granted if the scholarship is awarded. (if applicable)
  • Copy of passport
  • Full academic transcripts of all qualifications obtained. (not certificates)

Above documents to be sent as a single pdf to Leanne.vanzyl@up.ac.za

Subject Heading: UP Commonwealth

  • 2x completed reference forms from two different academics/supervisors who have current knowledge of the applicant’s academic performance. (Reference form attached).  Note: Referees form to be sent directly to pgbursary@up.ac.za

Continuation of sponsorship:

Support for the subsequent years will be subject to:

  • submission of a progress report three months before the end of each year of study,
  • confirmation by the supervisor that the scholar’s progress is satisfactorily supported by the Head of Academic Department in which the student is registered
  • On completion of the degree, the candidate will be expected to return to there home country.

Selection Criteria:

Award of this scholarship will be based on:

  • Academic performance.
  • Potential to undertake advanced research activities.
  • Leadership qualities.
  • Evidence of research accomplishment at the masters’ level through publications or other appropriate products of the work undertaken.
  • Prizes and honours received.
  • A selection process will be conducted by the University’s Institutional Selection Committee. The University reserves the right to amend without prior notice, the regulations and scholarship values and/or conditions applicable to the awarding of this bursary.
  • The successful applicant will be sent an official award letter via email. Applicants, who have not received written notification by end of November 2020 must consider themselves unsuccessful.

The requirement for successful awardees:

  • Have the required permission/leave from your workplace to take up a three-year scholarship at the time of applying. (if applicable)
  • Ensure that you will be eligible to apply for a study permit.
  • Ensure you can pay for the medical insurance that is required for a study permit (keep receipts as these expenses will be reimbursed on arrival)

Source: University of Pretoria website


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