The 2022 Online Doctoral Study Support Programme (DSP) funded by DHET through the University Capacity Development Grant (UCDG), is an initiative aimed at supporting Nelson Mandela University staff pursuing doctoral degrees to navigate the road of developing a sound doctoral proposal. The initiative supports Mandela University’s Vision 2030 to invest in the development and retention of early career academics to promote talent continuity, research productivity and academic excellence. Although priority will be given to academic staff, PASS staff members are very welcome to apply.

The Programme consists of four modules of approximately four weeks. The first three modules are devoted to framing the research proposal as well as exposure to research methodologies. This process culminates in a fourth module which takes the form of a proposal defence where draft proposals are presented and feedback provided. The learning takes place virtually.

Modules are facilitated by two experienced methodologist/s who facilitate postgraduate research skills and knowledge.

Important criteria considered for candidates to be admitted to the Masters Study Support Programme (MSP) are as follows::

  • have successfully completed an Masters degree
  • be registered or about to register for a Doctoral degree
  • be able to commit to ‘attend’ all 4 modules virtually
  • will aim to complete studies in a period of 3-5 years

If you are unable to commit to attending all 4 modules, kindly omit submitting your application please. We do our best to accommodate all candidates, and when candidates simply do not pitch for the full duration of modules, you deprive the next Nelson Mandela University staff member from partaking in this development opportunity.

In addition to the above, Doctoral candidates should ideally have a supervisor and /or co-supervisor already assigned, and the candidate be committed to the performance of their duties as a participant of the programme through full attendance of the 4 modules.

The dates for the 2022 Online Programme are as follows

  • Module 1: 4 - 8 April 2022
  • Module 2: 4 - 8 July 2022
  • Module 3: 12 - 16 September 2022
  • Module 4: 5 - 9 December 2022

Staff members wishing to apply under this call should kindly download and complete the 2022 DSP Support Programme Application Form in typescript.

Kindly submit completed copies of applications or direct any enquiries via e-mail to Ms Jadine Januarie by the closing date, Thursday 24th March 2022.

Incomplete, hand-written, and late applications cannot be screened and will thus be excluded from the review process.


This workshop is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) through the University Capacity Development Grant (UCDG)


Workshop Information

Module 1: 4 - 8 April
Module 2: 4 - 8 July
Module 3: 12 - 16 September
Module 4: 5 - 9 December

Download and complete the attached form in typescript.

Closing Date:
Registration for the programme has closed.


Enquiries and Application Submissions: Jadine Januarie