Travel grants

Applications are invited for NRF Knowledge, Interchange & Collaboration (KIC) Scientific Events / Travel Grants. Applications must be submitted electronically on the NRF Online Submission System at, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) 2017 – Round 2

Types of support

The investment in support for travel and participation in scientific events are focused on four categories:

  •  Travel Grants for Individual Researchers: The applicants in this category are the individual South Africa- based researchers (young or established researchers) travelling either locally or internationally. The funding requested will be to support local and international travel related to research activities such as presentations  of  keynote  lectures  or  papers  and/or  posters  at  conferences, seminars,  symposia, workshops, etc. PhD students can apply (through their supervisors), and be recognised as young researchers.
  • Visiting Foreign Researcher: The applicants in this category are South Africa-based researchers requesting funding to host research leaders from abroad for a short period (up to three weeks) in South Africa in order to enrich local expertise in their field
  • Africa Interaction: The applicants in this category are South Africa-based researchers intending to visit universities or research organisations in African countries in order to build capacity and to promote future collaboration, and/or to strengthen existing collaborations
  • Support for Local Scientific Events: The applicants in this category are South Africa-based researchers requesting financial support to organise or host scientific events.

Who may apply

PhD students (through their supervisors) registered at public South African institutions, and all researchers who are full-time employees or on a fixed-term contract at any of the following institutions are eligible to apply:

  • South African universities /universities of technology;
  • Recognised national research institutions such as the national facilities;
  • Museums;
  • Science councils.

The applicants must be in possession of at least a PhD degreeStudents and researchers from private/commercial institutions are not eligible to apply

More information about grant here. Click here for the grant checklist. 


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