Stellenbosch University GEM Elite Scholarships 2025

About the GEM scholarships

The  Graduate School of Economic and Management Sciences (GEM) is currently recruiting for the GEM Elite doctoral scholarships – full-time doctoral scholarships, valued at R200 000 per year for three years.

The new intake of full-time PhDs will commence their studies in Stellenbosch on the 20th of January 2025.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for a scholarship:

  • A candidate must meet the minimum criteria for admission to a PhD programme at Stellenbosch University. This requires a master’s degree in the relevant discipline.
  • The bursaries are open to South African citizens and foreign nationals. Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged South African citizens. 
  • Candidates must have achieved a minimum mark of 70% to be eligible for the GEM Elite Scholarships.
  • Only applications in one of the Faculty’s Researc​h Themes (follows below) will be considered.

There are limited scholarships available.  Submission of an application, even if you meet all of the criteria, does not guarantee funding.

The final alloc​ation of scholarships is made at the discretion of the Graduate School governing board and is subject to funding availability; and where the Faculty is able to appoint a suitable supervisor.

The Graduate School reserves the right to not award any scholarships.

  How to apply and application details 

Follow these steps to apply for the 2024 cohort of the Graduate School:

  • Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria before you submit an application.
  • Download and complete the Application Form:​​
    • You will be required to write a letter motivating your suitability for the scholarship (maximum length: one A4 page), as well as a research concept note (no maximum length) on a research topic which you intend to study during your doctoral studies. These should be completed on the application form in the relevant sections. 
    • Please consult the 2024 Research Themes (below) to guide you in choosing a research topic. Research topics outside the listed research themes can be accommodated only if it falls within the current research themes that are active in one of the Faculty’s academic departments.
  • ​Compile the required supporting documents:
    • In addition to the completed application form, the following supporting documents are required:
    • Academic records: Full particulars of ALL previous and current tertiary studies. Please submit copies of certified diploma/degree certificates AND official study records (transcripts). Please note that academic records from student portals will not be acceptable.
    • ID or passport: A certified copy of your ID (South African) or passport (international) photo page
    • Proof of competency in English: Applicants either need to provide proof that they have obtained their qualifications from tertiary institutions where English is the language of instruction, or proof of English Language proficiency. This evidence must accompany your application and must not be older than 24 months from the date of application.
  • Submission of your application:
    • Completed and signed application forms + supporting documents should be submitted to the Graduate School Office via email ([email protected]) by 15 August 2024. No late applications will be accepted.
    • Please ensure that your three references are informed that their referee letters, stating your capability to complete doctoral studies, should be sent directly to the Graduate School via email ([email protected]) on or before 15 August 2024
    • Applications which are incomplete will not be considered.

Due to the large number of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the Graduate School. 

If you have not received a response from the Graduate School Office by the 18th of October 2024, your application should be considered unsuccessful.

Contact details:​

Any queries regarding the application process can be sent to [email protected]

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