The University gives internal and external research grant types which are administered by the Directorate of Research Development.

The purpose of this funding is to create an enabling environment for staff to conduct applied and basic research and also to empower staff and students with research knowledge and skills so that they can:

  • Independently initiate quality research projects
  • Contribute to the existing body of academic knowledge
  • Conduct a systematic analysis of problems relevant to society
  • Upgrade the qualifications of staff and postgraduate students by providing research project running costs.

The following seed-money for faculty research champions can be found in our office:

  • Internal funding

Eligible staff and postgraduate students may use the following application forms to apply for the institutional research grant

Institutional research grant : Freestanding [65,2KB]
Institutional research grant : HIV/Aids [74,4KB]
Institutional research grant : Postgraduate dtudents WSU staff studying at WSU [65,2KB]
Institutional research grant : WSU staff studying elsewhere [65,2KB]
National Research Foundation

The National Research Foundation (NRF) provides services and grants to support research and postgraduate research training, vital to the development of South Africa. Funding from the NRF is largely directed towards academic research, developing high-level human resources, and supporting the nation’s national research facilities.

NRF provides two types of student support:

1   Freestanding, bursaries, fellowship
2   Grant-holder-linked bursaries.

Freestanding bursaries, scholarships, fellowships are awarded directly to the students on a completive basis, while grant-holder-linked bursaries are granted to researchers within their NRF support package and may be awarded to students selected by the NRF grant holder.

For more details, visit

  • Conference funding

The Research Directorate provides an opportunity for WSU staff members and postgraduate students to contribute to international conferences as well as local conferences.

The purpose of this fund is to enable the applicant to attend conferences at which they will be presenting a paper or poster.


  • The applicant should present a paper with evidence of its acceptance.
  • The application should contain an abstract of paper.

Other research resources include its research resource centre

For more information, contact the Directorate on 047 502 2819 or 043 708 5444.



First-time undergraduate application and financial aid application form for 2014
Returning undergraduate application and financial aid application for 2014 
Research bursaries
Academic bursaries
Postgraduate funding

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