Research Flash Supplement issue 19.1

Research Flash Supplement issue 19.1


NRF & IDRC COVID-19 Africa Rapid Grand Fund

The South African National Research Foundation (NRF), in partnership with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIBA) and United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) as well as several other donors and partners, is offering funding to African scientists for research on COVID-19, as well as funding for science advisers and science journalists and communicators for work related to the pandemic.

Three strands of funding are available:

  1. Research
  2. Science engagement – for science and health journalists and communicators; and
  3. Science engagement – for science advisers in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic

Applications from women applicants, people living with disabilities and first responders to COVID-19, as principal investigators are encouraged. Research and science engagement proposals must demonstrate considerations of diversity, including sex as a biological variable and gender as a socio-cultural factor in research projects and in science engagement approaches.

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Programme/content related queries can be sent to: Thabo Dikgale at and / or Kholofelo Mampeule at

Technical and granting queries can be sent to: Jan Phalane at and/or Mpho Baloyi and

Closing date: 17 June 2020

Applications must be submitted on the NRF Online Submission System:

The South Africa Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Fund (NRF) have released a call of new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2021 academic year. Continuing students who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application.

The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. Applicants for masters and doctoral funding must be 30 and 32 years of age or younger respectively in the year of application. Successful applicants will be will be funded either at Full Cost of Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS). The FCS funding will be awarded to South African citizens and permanent residents only. However, the PCS funding will be awarded to international students and South African citizens and permanent residents who could not be funded under FCS but meet the minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria.

Scholarships are intended to support postgraduate students to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities.

All applicants are expected to apply on the NRF Online Submission System. No manual applications will be accepted.

Closing date: 14 August 2020

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