Watch this page for opportunities from external bodies, including bursaries, scholarships and funding for students in the theoretical and computational sciences community. If you are aware of any opportunities that are not listed here, please notify us so we can publish them.

2023 SA-CERN Programme Excellence MSc/PhD Bursaries

Application deadline: 31 December 2022

The SA-CERN Programme Excellence Bursaries will cover the full cost of study for the 2023 academic year for the duration of studies of successful individuals who are starting their MSc or PhD studies. This includes sponsorship of research trips to CERN aligned with the projects of selected students.

The bursary values per annum are:

  • MSc level: ~R115 000 – 150 000
  • PhD level: ~R102 000 – R177 000.


#YouthLeadSDG14 For Global Climate Action Campaign

Deadline: 8 December 2022

The Commonwealth Secretary-General and the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN) have launched a global competition to inspire, empower and reward young people taking action on oceans. They call on young people from across the Commonwealth to unite and take action in the #YouthLeadSDG14 Action Challenge, which will raise awareness of youth-led action on SDG14. Entrants are asked to complete 14 actions as part of the Challenge. Three winning participants will share a cash prize.


Open Call for CyberGirls Fellowship

Deadline: 4 December 2022

The CyberGirls Fellowship is a free 1-year program that equips girls and women aged 18 – 28 years old with globally sought-after cybersecurity skills. This positions them to start a career in cybersecurity and helps them to seize work opportunities within Africa and across the world.


10 Billion Strong – Green Leaders Academy Program

Application deadline: 30 November 2022

This online program prepares emerging youth leaders to understand key environmental issues and learn how to use civic engagement to effectively address environmental challenges. It is part of a broader initiative led by 10 Billion Strong, which aims to train 1 million green leaders in 36 key countries by 2030. The next Green Leaders Academy will run from 2 December 2022 to 27 January 2023.


Opportunity to clear student debt

Application deadline: 21 November 2022

Students who completed their undergraduate degree in the faculties of Engineering, Data Science, Information Technology or Finance in 2019, 2020 or 2021 and have outstanding student debt may qualify to have this debt settled through the Feenix Graduate Bursary Programme. Click to view the application criteria.

Applicants are kindly requested to acknowledge in the application process that they heard about this opportunity through NITheCS.


SARB bursaries

Application deadline: 31 October 2022

The SARB, in collaboration with the Data Science Academic Committee of the National Graduate Academy for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences – NGA(MaSS), invites prospective Master’s degree students to apply for competitive SARB bursaries in the fields of data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence, with specific reference to financial analytics.


Research Fellow in Quantum Computing

Application deadline: 5 August 2022

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position in the theoretical nuclear physics group at the University of Surrey to work on a research project developing and applying quantum computing algorithms to tackle problems in nuclear structure as part of an STFC-funded Developing Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics programme.  The work will involve developing new algorithms and/or applying existing algorithms to solve nuclear models such as the shell model and mean field model, and to look at dynamical processes such as nuclear decay. 


CSIR Bursary Programme for 2023 academic year

Application deadline: 15 July 2022

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) invites applications from students wishing to pursue a career in research, technology development and innovation, as well as corporate / support areas. The bursary programme is open to academically qualifying young people and aims to attract and increase participation of women and black people in science, engineering and technology.


DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding: call for new applications for 2023 academic year

All continuing students who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application.


Second Call for Proposals – Early Career Research Collaborations

Application deadline: 30 June 2022

This is the Second Call for Proposals aimed at facilitating research collaborations amongst early career academics/researchers in mathematical sciences. It is open to all early career researchers/academics at member institutions of the National Graduate Academy for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (NGA(MaSS)).


Scholarships for Udacity Nanodegree programmes

Application deadline: 23 June 2022

The African Leadership Group and Udacity are offering 5 000 scholarships for African citizens wanting to further their careers in tech with new digital skills. The scholarships are for the following programmes: Data Analyst, Full-Stack Web Developer and Cloud Developer


Opportunity for Masters and PhD scholarship within KRISP at UKZN: 2023

Application deadline: 10 June 2022

The KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), the state of the art UKZN Research Centre has opportunities for Masters and PhD students with great potential and an ambition to pursue a career in research. Successful applicants will become part of a dynamic research team and get hands-on experience in the generation and analysis of genomic, epidemiological and clinical data.


MSc and PhD bursaries at UWC

Application deadline: 6 June 2022

The Centre for Radio Cosmology (CRC) at UWC is offering MSc and PhD bursaries for 2023.


DAAD In-Region scholarships for MSc/PhD study in Mathematics

Application deadline: 3 May 2022

The shortlisting process for the 2023 intake of the Stellenbosch Mathematics Division DAAD In-Region scholarships for MSc or PhD study in Mathematics has now opened. Applicants need to be nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Saharan African country, excluding South Africa. Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to apply.


Bursaries: Data Science – 2022

Application deadline: 30 April 2022

Shoprite has successfully started its very own Data Science Academy, producing top-level specialists in the field of data science. To keep this academy growing in the years to come, Shoprite is looking for 10 university students who have a passion for data and would like to make the data academy their starting point in an exciting career.


Bursaries: Information Technology / Systems – 2022

Application deadline: 30 April 2022

This bursary aims to attract and fund talented Information Technology / Systems students to join Shoprite Group. Shoprite has successfully started its very own SAP Academy, producing top-level specialists in the field of System Analysis. Successful applicants will join the pipeline for the academy.


Chegg.org Global Student Prize

Application deadline: 17 April 2022

The Chegg.org Global Student Prize is a US$100,000 award presented to an exceptional student, making a real impact on learning, the lives of their peers and on society beyond. The application and nomination process is now open. 


The Chegg.org Global Student Prize is open to all students who are at least 16 years old and enrolled in an academic institution or training and skills programme. Part time students as well as students enrolled in online courses are also eligible for the prize. The prize is open to students in every kind of school and, subject to local laws, in every country in the world.


Viadrina International Program – for Graduates: opportunity for PhD students

Application deadline: 17 April 2022 (23:59 pm CET)

The Viadrina International Program – for Graduates (VIP), a funding programme for doctoral students, supports the international networking of doctoral candidates and their stronger involvement in international research contexts and discourses. The VIP has remaining funds for the year 2022.

PhD students may therefore apply for Fellowships for Research Stays at the European University Viadrina (up to three months).

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: CLICK HERE or contact Maike Hagen on +49 (0)335 5534 – 2614

Positions in theoretical physics for students and postdocs affected by the crisis in Ukraine

Application deadline: 16 April 2022

Perimeter Institute is offering positions in theoretical physics to final-year undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs whose study or research has been interrupted by the Ukrainian crisis.

Citizens of all countries can apply for the below positions:

  • Final-year undergraduate students and first-year master’s students will join the 10-month PSI master’s programme, enrolling at the University of Waterloo
  • Current PhD students will work with a Perimeter faculty member for the duration of their stay, typically up to one year
  • Postdocs will join Perimeter’s collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment for up to one year

Positions may begin as soon as May 1, 2022. Start dates will be arranged on an individual basis with selected applicants, and Perimeter will work with all successful applicants to assess funding needs and requirements.

Submissions will be reviewed as they are received. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.


Scholarship Programme for Young African Researchers: call for applications

Application deadline: 15 April 2022

Young researchers from universities in sub-Saharan Africa can apply to spend a short period of time (generally 1 to 3 months) at a Coimbra Group University to carry out part of their research there.


Applications open for The Geneva Challenge

Deadline: 30 March 2022

The Graduate Institute Geneva is now accepting applications for the Geneva Challenge to stimulate reflection and innovation on development from diverse disciplinary and contextual perspectives.


The idea is to gather contributions that are both theoretically grounded and offer pragmatic solutions to a relevant international development problem stemming from an interdisciplinary collaboration between three to five enrolled master students from anywhere in the world.

Five prizes will be distributed; one in each of the following categories (based on the UN Statistics list):

  • Universities located in Africa
  • Universities located in Asia
  • Universities located in Europe
  • Universities located in North America and Oceania
  • Universities located in South America

Award Information
The ADG contest distributes R410k CHF in monetary prizes. The winning project will be awarded +R165k; the two teams in second place will receive +R82k each and the two teams in third place, +R41k each.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Participants of the ADG contest 2022 must be enrolled as graduate students at the time of their registration for the contest.
    • They consider ‘graduate students” to be anyone enrolled in a post bachelor level university programme with a maximum duration of 2 (two) years, or anyone who can prove to be studying towards acquiring a masters level degree.
  • Participants must gather in teams of 3 (three) to 5 (five) graduate students. In the submitted analysis, they should contribute with an interdisciplinary approach or from at least 2 (two) different disciplinary perspectives.
    • No participation on an individual basis will be admitted.
    • The participants can be enrolled in the same graduate programme or can collaborate with students from other programmes from the university they are enrolled in or coordinate with students from different universities and institutions worldwide.
    • The category in which the team will be placed for the contest will be based on the continent of the universities predominantly represented within the team.
    • In case, there is an equal representation of continents within the team, the team decides in which category they wish to compete.
  • All team members must provide a scanned copy of a document that serves as proof of enrolment as a graduate student before the registration of the team can be confirmed and validated.
    • Any official document issued by the academic institution the student is affiliated to is accepted as proof of enrolment as long as it contains:
      • The name of the student;
      • The programme he/she is enrolled in;
      • An issuance date up to three months before the registration date or
      • Validity beyond the registration date.
    • Exceptionally, they might accept the registration of students who are transitioning into graduate studies, as long as they have already been accepted in a graduate student programme at the time of the registration.

For more information, visit Graduate Institute Geneva.

International Day of Mathematics: Photo Challenge

Entry deadline: 14 March 2022 (23:59 pm CET)

High school and undergraduate students are invited to participate in a Photo Challenge in celebration of the International Day of Mathematics. By submitting a photograph that showcases mathematics in daily life, aligned with the theme ‘Mathematics Unites’, they could win a prize.


2022 Quantum Error Correction (QEC) Summer School

New York, USA  |  5 – 30 July 2022

This in-person school aims to give participants a working knowledge of QEC offered through a series of 10 mini-courses and invited talks from leading researchers in this field. Students pursing graduate degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics and Engineering are encouraged to apply.

Applications are invited and will be targeting 70 participants; the first round will be reviewed from 3 March. IBM will cover the costs of the school, accommodation and food, however, participants will need to cover their own travel and visa application costs.

Click to see participant requirements.

Bursaries from Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA)

Application deadline: 28 February 2022

The GCRA has bursaries available for the 2022 academic year.


  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must reside within the Gauteng province
  • You must be between 18 and 35 years old
  • You must have completed matric
  • Undergraduate students: you must be studying or have been accepted to study towards an undergraduate qualification at an accredited PSET institution (Post School Education and Training)
  • Postgraduate students: you must be studying or have been accepted to study towards a postgraduate qualification at an accredited institution of higher learning

Students who meet any of the following criteria will automatically qualify for a bursary, but must still apply online:

  • Top achievers at a Gauteng-based school
  • Top 3 learners from no-fee paying Gauteng-based school
  • Top 3 learners from a school in Gauteng for Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN)


2nd Annual Open Size Prize

This is an award (with monetary value) for those who present the best open source solution for a quantum simulation problem pertaining the Heisenberg model for a three particle system on IBM Quantum’s 7 qubit Jarkata System.

Click for more information about the approaches that can be taken to solve this problem.

2021 Calls

MSc and PhD Bursaries in Artificial Intelligence, WITS
The Institute for Collider Particle Physics at WITS invites applications for MSc and PhD bursaries to work on applications of Machine Learning. These include projects in collaboration with IBM, York University and other international stakeholders.

Deadline for applications: 15 December 2021

SAAO: postdoctoral fellowships for 2022
The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates for five postdoctoral fellowships, commencing in 2022.

To be eligible for a fellowship, applicants must have been active in research since obtaining their doctoral degree. In the case of a break in research, an applicant must have obtained his/her doctoral degree on, or after, 30 September 2017. Also, successful applicants must be able to commence with their postdoctoral fellowships in South Africa on, or before, 1 October 2022.

Deadline for applications: 31 August 2021
CLICK FOR DETAILS | ENQUIRIES: Dr Mthuthuzeli Zamxaka (Call 011 268 3424 OR send an email)

UKZN inqubate |CSIR bursary programme: call for 2022 applications
The CSIR is inviting applications from students wishing to pursue a career in research, technology development and innovation as well as BCom/BTech Accounting or Risk Management to submit funding applications for their 2022 studies.

The CSIR Bursary Programme is open to academically qualifying young people and also aims to attract and increase participation of women and black people in science, engineering and technology. The bursary caters for full-time studies in specific qualifications at a public South African university for undergraduate (including honours), masters and doctoral degrees.

The CSIR offers a comprehensive bursary that covers all the costs associated with university studies, such as: tuition and registration fees, academic book allowance, accommodation, a once off laptop allowance and a living allowance.

Academic merit will be considered during the selection process, as well as the imperative to increase the participation of women and black people in science, engineering and technology.

Watch videos of current bursary recipients:

Deadline for applications: 31 July 2021

NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for 2022 Academic Year
The call for applications for bursaries for 2022 is open. We encourage our current and prospective students to please apply as soon as possible, doing so in the section “Grant Holder Linked Bursaries”. The UID code to be used for NITheCS is 65212.

Please send your “Reference Number” to Rene Kotze when you have completed your application. You are welcome to contact Rene if you have questions or need assistance with your application.

Deadline for applications: 31 December 2021

NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills (FISS) Fellowships for 2022
This is a direct Call by the NRF. Please refer to the Call documentation for the necessary info, and contact your NRF Designated Authority (DA) for your institution’s internal closing deadline.

NB: please use 65212 as our UID when applying for an NRF bursary.

NRF research grants for 2022
The call for NRF research grants for 2022 is now open. To view all available grants, and application documents, please visit the website here.

These include:

  • Black Academics Advancement Programme (BAAP)
  • Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers (CPRR)
  • Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers (CSUR)
  • New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP)
  • Support for Y-rated Researchers
  • Thuthuka
  • Various Travel and Training Grants

DAAD in-region MSc and PhD scholarships
The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is offering scholarships for MSc and PhD degrees in mathematics at Stellenbosch University for studies commencing January 2022. These scholarships are for graduates and postgraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South African students. Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are encouraged to participate in the programme.

Deadline for applications: 18 May 2021  |  CLICK FOR DETAILS

Call for NRF Postgraduate Scholarships for 2021
The DSI and NRF have announced a call of new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2021 Academic year.

Want to find out more? Contact us!