TWAS-NRF African Renaissance Scholarships 2021 Degree Update

Filed in Scholarships Update by on December 9, 2020

TWAS-NRF African Renaissance Scholarships 2021: South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) are working in partnership with TWAS to advance science in developing countries through two doctoral fellowships:

The NRF-TWAS Doctoral Fellowships and the NRF-TWAS African Renaissance Doctoral Fellowships.

Eligible Countries.

Developing Countries & African Countries




Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria;

  • Be nationals of a developing country (other than South Africa).
  • Must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in South Africa or any developed country.
  • Must be a maximum of 35 years of age by 31 December of the year of application.
  • Must have obtained an MSc degree in a field of natural sciences.
  • Provide evidence that she/he will return to her/his home country on completion of the fellowship.
  • Not take up other assignments during the period of her/his fellowship.
  • Provide an official letter from a host South African institution, department or laboratory and motivation from the applicant’s host.
  • Meet the following requirements of the English Language Proficiency Academic test: IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0); or TOEFL (paper) 575 (TWE 4.5); or TOEFL iBIT (min. 20); or Cambridge minimum 58.
  • Present a detailed research project that must be registered and approved by the host institution and provide a letter of support from the prospective host supervisor.
  • Be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Application portal is currently closed. Please Bookmark this page to stay updated.

How to Apply.

Applicants must contact institutions in South Africa or potential supervisors to obtain a placement into the doctoral research training programme. For details of recognized HEIs and other Public Research Institutions Click Here.

Applicants must apply for the NRF – TWAS Doctoral Fellowship/  TWAS-NRF African Renaissance Doctoral Call for 2021 by accessing the link: on the NRF Online application system.

For more information, visit the Official Webpage

Application Deadline: Opens 1st of April and close 31st of July.

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