"If I want to encourage young
people back home to get to where I am,
I have to be an example."
“Now my son will have the opportunities
to make his dreams come true.”
“Today I work in a male dominated work force.
My father would be so proud of me.”

Archie Mafeje PhD Scholarship

The Archibald Mafeje PhD Scholarship was born out of the need to promote doctoral studies in the country. Due to low participation rates, coupled with poor completion rates at Masters and Doctoral levels, and insufficient funding of post-doctoral studies the Foundation established the Archibald Mafeje PhD Scholarship in 2014. The Scholarship was established in honour of the late Professor Mafeje who was an influential academic, who was denied access to various Professorships under the apartheid regime. This PhD Scholarship aims to honour his academic legacy as well as his ideals of democracy.


This programme aims to facilitate the growth of strong academic minds and increase the number and quality of black doctoral graduates, through the awarding of two doctoral scholarships, in South Africa annually.


Qualifying criteria

    • Students must be South African citizens
    • You must be from the previously disadvantaged groups as outlined by the South African government (Black, Coloured or Indian)
    • Be in possession of a Master’s degree
    • Be registered for a PhD in a recognised and accredited South African university
    • Willing to pursue the qualification full time over a 3 year period. Part-time studies will not be considered
    • Have a supervisor allocated.

Call for 2023 bursary applicatons will be announced as soon as they open.