Applications that were submitted by the initial call deadline will have been screened for completeness. Many applicants will have marks outstanding for the academic year which will delay the outcome of their application. The Office of Research Development will start communicating application outcomes from the beginning of March. Communication of outcomes will be staggered based on when final marks become available. 
Students who have already applied on the system do not need to re-apply. The call for late PGRS applications is for those who missed the initial deadline. 
  • Full academic record - if you are not currently a Nelson Mandela University student and if your previous degree was not completed at Nelson Mandela University.
  • Proof of Income - if you will not be receiving any income for the specified academic year, a dated and signed letter will need to be included with your application indicating this.
  • International Students Accreditation - international students will need to have their final Undergraduate/Honours/Masters results converted to a percentage and accredited by the Nelson Mandela University International Office.
  • Proof of previous NSFAS funding, if applicable.
  • Documentary proof of other Bursaries/Scholarships/Sponsorships, if applicable.
Students who wish to pursue Advance Diplomas, Postgraduate Diplomas or Maritime studies are not eligible for PGRS funding but should contact the Financial Aid Office.
No. PGRS funds full-time Honours studies. However, an exception is made for students who register part-time for the Bachelor of Education Honours degree.
No. The Office of Research Development is only able to request lifting of the registration block for successful applicants.

The 2023 scholarship categories and values for Full Cost of Study (FCS) and Partial Cost of Study (PCS) are presented in the tables below.


Yes. Students may hold other scholarships simultaneously with PGRS, but the combined value of the scholarships may not exceed R140 000, R180 000 and R350 000 for Honours, Masters and Doctoral students respectively.
No. Students need to register for a full degree to be considered for funding.
No. The PGRS award will only be released once the outstanding debt has been settled.
All applicants will receive notification of the deadline for submission of outstanding marks. Failure to meet this deadline means that your application will be deemed unsuccessful.
Yes. Students who are currently active on the NMU system may apply as registered students by clicking on the registered student section and following the prompts to complete the applications. Unregistered students are student who are no longer active on the NMU system or students who are new to the institution. Click on the unregistered option and create a profile on the NMU PGRS system.