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DHET is offering students an opportunity to apply for the Nurturing Emerging Scholar’s Programme (NESP), for the upcoming academic year 2023.

The Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP), is one of the Staffing South Africa’s Universities’ Programme (SSAUF) and started in 2020.

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This is one of the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) programmes aiming at the transformation of higher education in the country.

About DHET

DHET, or the Department of Higher Education and Training, is a government organisations in South Africa. It is responsible for supervising post-secondary education and universities in South Africa.

The Nurturing Emerging Scholar’s Programme (NESP) was established in 2022 to bring a change in higher education in South Africa.

NESP Scholarship 2022 – 2023

DHET is offering students an opportunity to apply for the Nurturing Emerging Scholar’s Programme (NESP), for the upcoming academic year 2023. The programme is for three years, two years of a Master’s degree and one year of academic internship at a South African institution.

The scholarship is awarded only to the following universities in the fields mentioned below them.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Electronic Communication and Satellite Technology

Central University of Technology:

  • Natural Science

Durban University of Technology:

  • Chemistry
  • Generic Health Sciences

Mangosuthu University of Technology:

  • Mathematics

Nelson Mandela University:

  • Information Technology Software Engineering
  • Mathematics & Multilingualism: Senior Phase
  • Mechatronics
  • Naval and Architecture

North West University:

  • Movement Education
  • Physical Science
  • Physics (Electronics/Renewable Energy)
  • Public Management and Governance

Rhodes University:

  • African Music Studies
  • Financial Markets and Quantitative Economics
  • Law
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmacy

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University:

  • Chemistry (Inorganic)
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Medical Virology
  • Midwifery Nursing Science

Tshwane University of Technology:

  • Medical Chemistry
  • Metallurgical & Material Engineering
  • Performance Arts
  • Water Science and Technology

University of Cape Town:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Organisational Psychology

University of Fort Hare:

  • Human Right Law
  • Language Education (Multilingualism)
  • Speech-Language (Pathology/ Audiology)

University of Johannesburg:

  • Chemical Sciences
  • Civil Engineering (Civil or Geotechnical)
  • Urban and Regional Planning

University of KwaZulu-Natal:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Data Analytics
  • Electrical, Electronic or Computer Engineering

University of Limpopo:

  • Bioinformatics/ Biochemistry
  • Haematology
  • Immunology

University of Mpumalanga:

  • Development Studies

University of Pretoria:

  • Civil Engineering (Geotechnical, Materials, Structural, Water, Transportation)
  • Heritage and Cultural Tourism
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Pharmacology
  • Statistics
  • Toxicology

University of South Africa:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Data Engineering

University of Venda:

  • Computer Science
  • Physics

University of Zululand:

  • Life Sciences Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Statistics

Vaal University Of Technology:

  • Biomedical Technology
  • Civil Engineering (Transportation-Railway Engineering)
  • Nursing
  • Sports and Recreation Management

University of the Free State:

  • Law
  • Optometry

University of the Western Cape:

  • Forensic Genetics

University of the Witwatersrand:

  • Property Studies
  • Science (Microbiology)
  • Speech-Language Therapy

Walter Sisulu University:

  • Medical Physics
  • Zoology

The scholarship offers the following benefits:

  • Cost of registration and tuition for the Master’s degree.
  • Guidance and mentorship.
  • Assistance with potential international mobility experience.
  • Enhancing your research and teaching abilities.
  • A year of internship in South African University after completion of graduation.
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Cape Peninsula University of Technology:

Central University of Technology:

Durban University of Technology:

Mangosuthu University of Technology:

Nelson Mandela University:

North West University:

Rhodes University:

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University:

Tshwane University of Technology:

University of Cape Town:

University of Fort Hare:

University of Johannesburg:

University of KwaZulu-Natal:

University of Limpopo:

University of Mpumalanga:

University of Pretoria:

University of South Africa:

University of Venda:

University of Zululand:

Vaal University Of Technology:

University of the Free State:

University of the Western Cape:

University of the Witwatersrand:

Walter Sisulu University:

Documents Required

The candidates must submit the mentioned documents along with the application.

  • Certified copy of ID documents.
  • Certified copy of Matric certificate.
  • Certified copy of Academic records and transcripts.
  • Certified copy of degree certificates.
  • Registration proof, if currently studying.
  • A Curriculum Vitae describing any past work experience.
  • A motivational letter describing the following:
    • Why should you be chosen for the scholarship?
    • How this experience will help in self-development.
    • What contribution do you plan on making to your community?
    • What are your plans for your career and what role does this scholarship play in those plans?
    • What part do you picture yourself playing in the future in the higher education sector?
    • Any other important factor you want to mention.
    • It should not be more than 30 lines.
  • Two academic references from professors who can vouch for your eligibility for this programme. The referees must be aware of the fact that they will be contacted in regard to the application.

Eligibility Criteria

The candidates just check the eligibility criteria before applying for the scholarship.

  • The candidate must hold South African citizenship.
  • The candidate must not be more than 35 years old.
  • The candidate must have successfully achieved a level 8 (Honors Degree) NQF qualification.
  • The candidate must have a minimum average score of 65% in their level 8 NQF qualification.
  • The candidate must either be currently studying or plan on studying Master’s (full-time) in the fields mentioned above.
  • The candidate must either be studying or plan on studying in a South African university.
  • The candidate must be eligible for a Master’s degree.
  • The candidate must be willing to become an academic.

How to Apply

The applications are to be submitted online via the official site of the DHET.

Closing Date

The applications will be closed on 5 August 2022. Interested candidates must complete the application form before the closing date to avoid rejection of the application.

Contact Details

The candidate can contact the bursary provider directly for any queries regarding the scholarship here:

https://www.dhet.gov.za/SitePages/ContactUsNew.aspx