The NRF remains the largest external funder for emerging researchers who are permanent or fixed term contract employees at the Nelson Mandela University.

The following is a summary of the main NRF programmes from which funding for emerging researchers is received. These grants are supported via the following NRF funding instruments i.e.:

  1. Thuthuka  
  2. Sabbatical Grants to complete doctoral studies 
  3. First Rand/NRF Sabbatical grant
  4. Postgraduate Training & Collaboration Grant 
  5. Part-time PhD Scholarship

For more information regarding the above external funding opportunities, please contact Mr Imtiaz Khan (email:

Contact information
Mr Imtiaz Khan
Tel: 27 41 504 4329