Postgraduate Merit Award

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Postgraduate Merit Award
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The aim of the University Postgraduate Merit Award (PMA) is to assist graduates to complete Honours, Masters or PhD degrees by research or by a combination of course work and research on both a full-time and part- time or Block release basis. Please note that a block release programme is viewed as part-time studies.

The Postgraduate Merit Award does not fund all courses. These courses are: all undergraduate degrees, undergraduate professional degrees, LLB, MBBCH, Bsc Eng, BEdu etc. are not funded by this award as well as all Postgraduate Diploma’s, Advanced Diploma’s and  Postgraduate Certificates.

Tuition fees to a maximum of R51 200 will be awarded to students who qualify. This award is based purely on academic merit.

Please note that the PMA does not pay for international registration fees, clubs and societies, parking ect.

All applications for Postgraduate Merit Award and Honours to PHD 5 Year Scholarship are done online through the Student Self-Service portal. All supporting documentation should also be uploaded online. Hard copies or emailed copies will NOT be accepted.

The below listed consists of the different funding:

Postgraduate Merit Award: Divided into two Intakes

First intake

  • For students registering in the January – April. 2. Applications close on the 31st of October of the year prior to the academic postgraduate year.

Second Intake

  • For students registering in the July – September. 2. Applications close on the 30th of April of the intended academic year of study.
Honours to PHD 5 Year Scholarship Consists of only one Intake
  • This is the January/April Intake.
  • Applications close the 30th of November the year before the intended registration period.

NB: A Second Intake application cannot be changed to first intake due to the financial implications, except in instances where a student has formally and successfully appealed.

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