Funding Opportunities

The UCT Post-Graduate funding office (PGFO) administers and supports postgraduate student funding at UCT. The contact information for the various departments is available here.

The PGFO maintain a noticeboard outlining all available funding opportunities here

Remember, when applying for funding, we suggest that you take the time to look through the available information before contacting the funding office. Grants may be available, but applicants need to consider self-funding.

National Research Foundation (NRF) Funding

You can apply to fund your studies through the NRF one-call. Applications for NRF funding are currently open and close on 18 July 2023 for prospective UCT students. You can find more information on the call here.

Any enquiries regarding the NRF call can be directed to William Fourie at the PGFO. He can be contacted via email at or telephonically: +27 21 650 5629.

Please note that the NRF will only provide limited funding to qualifying international students and additional funding sources will need to be applied for or available.

University of Cape Town Funding

Funding for South African Students:

You can apply for funding directly from UCT by completing the Postgraduate Funding Application as part of your application for admission to UCT. Please refer to the Postgraduate Funding Office (PGFO) for details.

The closing dates for the different bursaries and scholarships differ; please consult the Funding Noticeboard or contact the PGFO for more information on the closing dates.

Funding for International Students

UCT offers a LIMITED number of scholarships available for international and refugee students. UCT international and refugee student scholarships are NOT full-cost awards due to limited funding. Please obtain sufficient funding from other sources. Before applying to the Postgraduate Funding Office for funding, you must submit your UCT admissions application.

Information and the Application Form for funding (10C) can be sourced from the Postgraduate Funding Office or from the Office’s website.
The closing date for applications for UCT international and refugee students’ scholarships and supporting documentation is 31 July 2023.

Please return the completed Form 10C directly to the Postgraduate Centre and Funding Office.

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.