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Research Capacity Development

NMMU funded, independently funded and international collaborative opportunities exist for staff and developing researchers.


Staff bursaries are administered by the Human Resources Department of the NMMU.

International Funding and Collaboration

International funding and collaboration opportunities are provided by:

Commonwealth Scholarships

South Africa is a member of the common wealth community. Scholarship opportunities are made available to the staff of South African universities from time to time - to study locally or abroad.


DAAD is a private, publicly funded, self governing organisation of the institutions of higher education in Germany. It has the function of promoting international academic relations especially through the exchange of students and faculty.In-country and in-region scholarships are provided at African universities in the form of Masters and PhD grants.


  • South African citizen (in exceptional cases permanent residents)
  • age limit of36 at the date of application
  • recommended by the Head of Department
  • pursuingMasters or Doctoral studies
  • applicants may come from those fields of study that have a strong relevance to national development

Enquiries should be directed to (Tel: 011 717 9334)


SANPADis a unique collaborative research programme that has been financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1997. SANPAD funds high quality, collaborative research by South African researchers in association with Dutch researchers.

Grant Funding

Annually SANPAD invites senior South African researchers to apply for financial support for collaborative, development-oriented team researchprojects. These teams are not only to be international (in that they are at least to include researchers from the Netherlands), but are also preferably to extend across institutional, gender and racial divides in South Africa...

Research Capacity Initiative

Central to the SANPAD mission is the commitment to develop research capacity amongst persons from previously disadvantaged communities. Every SANPAD-funded research project has therefore to include in the approved research team one or more junior researchers from these groups, whose skills and confidence as researchers will be honed by working in the project under the guidance of senior researchers...

The annual RCI learning programme

The RCI programme was initiated in 1999.It is offered annually from February to February, in a total of seven weeks of intensive workshops spread over the four usual university holiday periods. As the effect of these ‘snapshots’ of learning would be lost if they were not continuously reinforced, the RCI students are required to engage in on-line learning in between the workshops. To ensure that all of the members of the group are at more or less the same level of development academically, possession of a master’s degree or an equivalent is a minimum criterion for selection for the programme. This makes it possible for the presenters, a selection of the best theoreticians available in South Africa and the Netherlands, to teach the curriculum at an appropriate level and with a certain amount of confidence in the ability of the students to benefit from the learning experience.

For whom, and why

In order to begin to redress past inequities, recruitment into the programme targets primarily South Africans who are members of what the Employment Equity Act terms designated groups – black people, women, and disabled people. Those accepted will have finished a masters degree, be registering for a doctorate, and will intend to make a career in a university, a technikon, or some other institution where they can engage in continual research production in accordance with SANPAD’s overall aim, which is to foster research which addresses the quality of life in South Africa. Annually a few places in the programme will be awarded to students who are not part of a SANPAD-supported project but who are otherwise thought to be particularly deserving.