SA science in peril as funding cut severs lifeline for research students
NRF admits the proportion of those who were recommended for funding but couldn’t get it was higher than previously
Academics have expressed concern over the fate of thousands of students who were denied funding by the National Research Foundation (NRF) to pursue postgraduate studies this year.
NRF spokesperson Candice Molefe confirmed that 5,554 students who were eligible for funding could not be awarded bursaries because of budgetary constraints.
The NRF, which needs R764m to assist the students, admitted the proportion of those who were recommended for funding but could not be funded was higher than previous years...