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University of Pretoria Commonwealth Scholarship for Doctoral Studies 2025

Applications are invited from appropriately qualified applicants for the University of Pretoria Commonwealth Scholarship for PhD study in South Africa for the 2025 academic year.

As part of South Africa’s contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, the University of Pretoria has set aside funding for PhD scholarships for Commonwealth students (excluding South Africans).


Brief Description

Scholarship Sponsor(s):ÂUniversity of Pretoria

Host Institution(s):ÂUniversity of Pretoria, South Africa

Scholarship Type: Fully Funded

Scholarship Worth:ÂNot specified

Number of Awards:ÂSeveral

Study Level:ÂDoctoral Studies

Nationality:ÂCommonwealth Countries


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Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the University of Pretoria Commonwealth Scholarship 2025, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • The UP Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship will be awarded to applicants who are citizens of Commonwealth countries, except South Africans.
  • Applicants must conduct their studies at the University of Pretoria and commence in 2025.
  • Applicant must have submitted an application to study at UP for the 2025 academic year.
  • Each Applicant must have identified a potential supervisor.
  • Each Applicant must have submitted academic records to the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).
  • Applicants must have completed their postgraduate/Masters degree no less than two years prior to applying to UP for admission for the 2025 academic year.
  • Applicants who are older than 40 years of age do not qualify for this scholarship.
  • PhD and Masters students currently registered or who previously studied at the University of Pretoria are not eligible to apply.

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Scholarship Benefits

The value of this Doctoral Scholarship will be R184 000 p.a.

This amount must be used to cover the following student costs:

  • Accommodation and living costs.
  • Fees
  • Medical Aid
  • Books/Stationery

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Additional costs covered by the University:
• Flight ticket to RSA from home country on proof of study permit.
• Return flight ticket to home country at the end of the completion of the programme as
confirmed by the faculty.
• Shuttle service on arrival in South Africa from OR Tambo International Airport to Pretoria and return from Pretoria to OR Tambo International Airport on completion.
• UP application fee, medical aid fee and study visa costs which will be refunded to the Applicant based on proof of receipts upon arrival at UP

How to Apply for University of Pretoria Commonwealth Scholarship

Interested applicants for the University of Pretoria Commonwealth Scholarship2025 are to complete an online application by the application deadline and send the following requirements as a single pdf document to pgbursary@up.ac.za
 with a Subject Heading “UP Commonwealth 2025”:

  • The UP Online application Ref “T” number or 2025 student number provided to the Applicants by UP on their UP Portal.
  • A written motivation from the prospective Doctoral supervisor that you have identified from UP. The said motivation must confirm the availability of research funding.
  • An outline (one A4 page) of the proposed research work.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) – no more than 3 pages.
  • Proof that study leave will be granted if the scholarship is awarded (if applicable) by your place of current work.
  • Copy of a valid passport.
  • Full academic transcripts of all qualifications obtained (not certificates).
  • Two completed reference forms from two different academics/supervisors who have current knowledge of the Applicant’s academic performance (Reference form attached).

Application Deadline:Â11 September 2024

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