Academic Programmes

Student Resources


General fees are set annually by the SoG at Wits and for 2005 can be downloaded from:

Further details for international students can be found at:

The fees for the AfricaArray programme also are set annually by the SoG at Wits. The major difference between the AfricaArray fees and the general fees is the inclusion of the cost of the “sandwich” programme at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels.

Financial Support and Bursaries

There are several sources of financial support for post-graduate students. Extensive information on merit awards, scholarships and financial assistance can be found in the booklet entitled “Post-Graduate Financial Assistance and Scholarships”

South African National Research Foundation Grants

Many students are supported by grants from the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) to individual staff members. A certain number of Honours, M.Sc., Ph.D. and post-doctoral bursaries are frequently awarded on a competitive basis to staff members who request them along with their research funding applications. NRF bursaries carry an obligation by each student to conduct “departmental” duties such as demonstrating, teaching, tutorials or other assistance, to a maximum of 12 hours per week. Full time NRF bursars are not allowed to hold full time salaried employment during the tenure of the bursary. Should a student supported by an NRF bursary not complete his/her degree, the NRF may insist upon being repaid in full the money allocated for the bursary. Further information on NRF bursaries may be obtained from the NRF website:

Merit Awards, Scholarships and Financial Aid Packages

Wits University also has a number of merit awards, scholarships and financial aid packages for post-graduate students. Post-graduate merit awards vary in amount, but generally these are sufficiently generous such that all qualified post-graduate students should apply for them. These awards are based entirely upon academic merit, and may be applied for by South African and non-South African students. These awards are for full time Honours, M.Sc. or Ph.D. candidates who receive a positive recommendation from the Head of School and are given for a maximum of 2 years (M.Sc.) or 3 years (Ph.D.). These awards also carry an obligation to conduct 6 hours per week of “departmental duties”, such as demonstrating, etc. Note that the SoG requires a maximum of 6 hours per week of departmental duties, regardless of which, or how many forms of financial assistance requiring such work you receive. For application forms and further information on other sources of financial support from Wits University, go to the website:

AfricaArray Scholarships

Many companies and government agencies support students at Wits directly with bursaries. Other companies and government agencies provide bursaries to students through the SoG. AfricaArray is committed to helping students find financial support from a wide range of sources. A scholarship fund for AfricaArray students is being set up to provide support on a competitive basis for students from throughout Africa.

For additional information about funding for students, please email Prof. Paul Dirks ( or Dr. Sue Webb (


On-campus housing at Wits presently accommodates 4,400 students in 20 different residences. Both catering and non-catering options are available. Fees for catering accommodation range between approximately R13,000 and R16,000, depending on various catering options. Applications for residence accommodation must be submitted by 20 September in the prior year. The residences are usually filled quickly and there is usually a long waiting list, so apply early. For further information contact the Wits University Office of Residence Life, PO Box 660, WITS 2050, phone (011) 717-9170/2/3/4, e-mail, or see the website:

Many post-graduate students live off-campus, in garden cottages in the local area, or in communal accommodation with other students. Some form of transportation is typically necessary, either a car, motorbike, bicycle, etc.

Study Permit

All students who are not South African citizens or Permanent Residents will need to obtain a study permit before being able to formally register at Wits. Study permits must be applied for at the South African High Commission, Embassy, Consulate or Trade Mission in your country of origin. Applications for study permits must be done after receiving a letter of acceptance from Wits. Students may not enter South Africa on a visitor’s or tourist visa and then apply for a study permit- this must be done from the student's country of origin. For further information contact the Department of Home Affairs in Johannesburg: 77 Harrison Street, Johannesburg City Centre, phone (011) 836-3228, from abroad +27-11-836-3228.

Medical Insurance

Medical insurance is a requirement for all study permit applications (see SoG Postgraduate Student Handbook for details). University registration fees for foreign post-graduate students are the same as for South African students, except for an additional “handling” fee of R1900 (in 2004). A valuable resource for foreign students is the Wits University International Office, which offers a variety of services. They can be contacted by phone (+27-11-717-1054), fax (+27-22-717-1059) or email: or visit their website at:


Inquiries by interested students and requests for application materials (if they cannot be downloaded from this web site) should be emailed to Dr. Mike Jones (

General inquires about the training programme should be emailed to Prof. Paul Dirks ( or Prof. Andy Nyblade