IAS Mark Wainberg Fellowship Programme: Experts in HIV service delivery

Are you a clinician committed to a career in HIV service delivery in sub-Saharan Africa? The International AIDS Society (IAS) Mark Wainberg Fellowship Programme is aimed at contributing to improving the quality of HIV service delivery in sub-Saharan Africa, with a client-centred approach, by providing two-year fellowships to five clinicians who will spend one year in Europe and one year in Africa at clinical institutions. Candidates will be able to apply for the fellowship programme by completing an electronic application form between 18 January and 19 February 2018. In order for candidates to prepare their application, the template application form can be found online in English, French and Portuguese.

Fogarty PhD Scholarship in HIV-associated Tuberculosis: Immunopathogenesis of Drug Hypersensitivity Reactions

The Fogarty HIV-associated Tuberculosis Training Program has been established at the University of Cape Town in partnership with Johns Hopkins University and Vanderbilt University in the US, and aims to develop the next generation of research leaders in this field at UCT.

The PhD scholarship will be based within the Allergology and Clinical Immunology service of UCT/Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) which is a growing discipline housed within H-floor of the Old Main Building at GSH and the UCT Lung Institute. The incumbent will work under the joint supervision of Associate Professor Jonny Peter, Head of Division, Associate Professor Rannakoe Lehloenya, Consultant in Division of Dermatology and Professor Elizabeth Phillips, Vanderbilt University, US.

The Program is administered by the Wellcome Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Africa (CIDRI-Africa) in the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM).

Fogarty PhD Scholarship in HIV-associated Tuberculosis Advert

Fogarty PhD Scholarship in HIV-associated Tuberculosis Application Form

Harry Crossley Clinical Research Fellowships

Fostering clinical and translational research at UCT

The Trustees of the Harry Crossley Foundation are offering Fellowships to early career researchers to support a full-time focus on clinical and translational research at UCT’s Faculty of Health Sciences.


Hamilton Naki Netcare

The Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship Scheme is committed to the development of academic healthcare in South Africa. Medical specialists who are pursuing a career in academics are invited to apply for the Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship for 2017.See document for eligibility and conditions of the award. Hamilton Naki was a laboratory assistant to cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard. He is credited with having passed on his surgical skills to thousands of medical students despite not having received a formal medical education. The Scholarship will be awarded to a clinical specialist or subspecialist for doctoral or post-doctoral research to be conducted in South Africa or abroad. The scholarship will be awarded for a 3 (three) year period as a salary for full-time doctoral or post-doctoral research work in a chosen field. The award is available from 1 October 2017. DEADLINE: 30 June 2017


Specialist opportunities


Discovery Foundation Academic Fellowship

FirstRand Laurie Dieppenaar Scholarship South Africa

SAMRC Clinician researcher Development PhD Scholarship Programme and the SAMRC Intra-mural Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

NRF Bursaries and Scholarships (Honours, masters and PhD)

NRF Thuthuka Grant (PhD Track and Post-PhD Track)

AstraZeneca Research Trust Grants

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership

Wellcome Trust

Commonwealth Chevening Scholarships to study in the UK

Clarendon Scholarships to study in the UK

Oppenheimer Memorial trust Scholarships

Fullbright Program

Other international funding opportunities




UCT Fellowships


Postdoctoral Research Fellowships offered

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships offered by the National Research Foundation

Claim forms

Postdoctoral Fellowship (NRF SABI, NRF SKA, NRF Freestanding, NRF Innovation, NRF Scarce Skills, MRC, Claude Leon, URC and URC ARG) Acceptance and Claim Form (Form No. PG014)

Postdoctoral Fellowship (NRF Grantholder Linked & NRF SARCHI) Acceptance and Claim Form (Form No. PG015)

Postdoctoral Departmental Fellowship Acceptance and Claim Form (Form No. PG016)

Notification Of Termination Of Fellowship And Tenure At The University Of Cape Town (Form No. PG023)

For more information on these please consult Section 5 of the Financial Assistance for Postgraduate Study & Postdoctoral Research booklet.

For more information, please contact the Postgraduate Funding office (021 650 3622).


Postgraduate Degree Funding


Various categories of funding provide support towards the cost of study at UCT. For students who will register for Honours, Masters and Doctoral degrees.

It is important to note that the University is not able to provide full-cost funding to postgraduate students. Scholarships and bursaries awarded will contribute towards the cost of study and applicants are advised to secure additional support.

Criteria for funding eligibility

To qualify for postgraduate funding, intending postgraduate students must first formally apply for an academic place at UCT. Only students registering for Honours, Masters and Doctoral degrees are eligible.

Students who register for postgraduate diplomas and certificates, the BArch, the LLB, or for the Undergraduate 4th year of any Bachelors degree are not eligible for UCT's postgraduate awards, and are referred to the Student Financial Aid Office. Students who intend to study for a second degree at the same level as one they already hold, (e.g., a second Honours degree) are also not eligible for funding.

With the exception of a small number of prestigious and full-cost fellowships, all UCT Scholarships are supplementary. Students who apply must have the means to fund their studies. Applicants must apply for admission through the UCT Admissions Office or the Faculty Office. Late applications are not accepted.

Part-time employment

The regulations governing the National Research Foundation (NRF), Medical Research Council (MRC) bursaries and UCT awards allows, but does not guarantee, some degree of concurrent part-time employment. Some departments may offer demonstratorships, teaching assistantships or research assistantships. The details can be obtained from the supervisor or head of department.

Tenures of scholarship and bursary assistance

All fellowships, scholarships and bursaries are subject to the following tenure:

  • strictly 1 year (honours)
  • 2 years (master's) the second year of funding is subject to satisfactory progress and continued evidence of need in the case of need-based bursaries.
  • 3 years (PhD) the second and third years of funding are subject to satisfactory progress and continued evidence of need in the case of need-based bursaries.

Candidates requiring financial assistance must make every effort to complete their studies within the specified time frames. Funding will not be available beyond the above-mentioned tenures.

Note: Students studying for a second degree at the same level (e.g. honours graduate doing a second honours degree) are ineligible for UCT funding.

Applications for Renewal of all awards must be submitted annually by the relevant closing dates.

Application for admission to study and registration

Students applying for financial assistance who have not registered for the degree of their choice are reminded to do so, and should consult UCT's Admissions Office or relevant faculty office for the closing dates. The selection committees will only consider students whose full-time registration has been finalised.

International and Refugee Students

A limited number of awards are available to International and Refugee students. As there is only one call for applications each year, it is important that the application procedure is strictly adhered to.

NRF Travel Grants - see notice for closing dates

Applications during the month of January 2018

Applications during the month of February 2018

Applications during the month of March 2018


Please refer to Booklet No.14 for full details.


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