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 Postgraduate Bursary Prospects


The following is a list of Postgraduate Bursary Opportunities that you may wish to explore for funding of your Postgraduate studies. Make sure that you adhere to all criteria and that you take special note of the closing dates of the bursaries.  

List of Bursaries for Postgradu​ate Studies:

National Research Foundation (NRF)

The NRF supports students, mainly at postgraduate level, in two different ways: 

Free-standing scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, for which students/postdoctoral research fellows apply online and compete individually on merit. 

Grantholder-linked bursaries and postdoctoral fellowships, where a grantholder is awarded a number of bursaries and fellowships within his/her research grant. The grantholder is responsible for selecting the most appropriate and worthy students/fellows for the bursaries and fellowship.

DOWNLOAD: Funding your Research Future NRF Bursary, Scholarships Value Rules and Guidelines....pdf. This documents will provide a list of potential sholarships and fellowships.

Also visit their website:​

Advance Africa 

See website for comprehensive list of bursaries being offered by various funders. Make sure that the bursary is offered for postgraduate legal studies.

Ernst Ethel and Eriksen Trust

Masters and Doctoral students in full-time study. 

Eligibility criteria

· Only for South African citizensa

· For study at a South African university

· Student must have completed their honours study to apply

Apply at:


Canon Collins Trust

In 2018 most awards will be valued at R70,000.00 for each year of study at Masters and PhD level. In exceptional cases we may offer up to R100,000 per year. We support both full and part-time study and will consider applications from those who wish to study by distance learning.  Canon Collins Trust seeks to support exceptional individuals who are committed to social justice in Southern Africa and for whom a postgraduate qualification is an essential tool in working to create an open and just society.

It has already closed for this year but it is an option to explore in the future.


Toptal Scholarships for Women: Empowering Future Female Leaders to Change the World

As part of our commitment to supporting women with great leadership potential Toptal has established the Toptal Scholarships contest. These scholarships provide assistance to women from around the world to help empower them to follow their passion and become leaders. Subject to these Toptal Scholarships Official Rules, the selected recipients will receive US$10,000 and one year of one-on-one mentorship from a Toptal leader.

It has already closed for this year but it is an option to explore in the future. 

First Rand Lurie Dippenaar Scholarship

This bursary programme is for international postgraduate study to a maximum value of R750 000 per annum, for a maximum duration of 2 years.

​Go to website for further details and closing dates.


CDH - Tim Mills Memorial Law Bursary South Africa 2018 – 2019.

Each year, the Tim Mills Memorial Bursary is open to students registering for a LLM degree qualification at a University in South Africa.


Application Form:

Go to website for further details and closing dates.


Norton  Rose Fulbright bursary programme:

Applicants who are in the process of completing their undergraduate LLB degree and hoping to complete a Masters degree are encouraged to apply.

Go to website for further details and closing dates.

City of Cape Town Bursary South Africa 2018 – 2019: Application Form:

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered): South African citizen,   Reside within the greater Cape Metropolitan Area, Completed Matric OR currently in Matric, Studying or registered to study full-time towards a Diploma/ Undergraduate Degree/ Postgraduate Degree within one of the scarce skills areas (as listed above), Studying or registered to study at an approved tertiary institution in South Africa,  Proven financial need.​

Go to website for further details and closing dates.


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