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The Vice-Chancellor’s Prestigious Achievers Award


The Vice-Chancellor receives numerous requests from “academically performing” students and staff to fund the education of students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

The purpose of this award is to financially aid CPUT students in completing their Masters or Doctoral studies, who have achieved excellent results throughout their academic studies and who show a potential contribution to society.

This award will be bestowed annually to deserving students who have shown academic excellence and an embodiment of the CPUT graduate attributes.

Criteria, preference and eligibility for funding:

  1. Students, preferably South African citizens
  2. Must be registered for a Masters or a Doctoral degree at CPUT
  3. Students who have achieved excellent results such as 75% and above
  4. Applicants must not have been found guilty of any misconduct or unethical conduct, within CPUT, including a court of law. Any false information in the application will automatically disqualify the applicant
  5. Students who have a proven track record of exceptional achievements.
  6. The Vice-Chancellor’s Prestigious Achiever Awardees will be funded for a maximum period of two years for a Master’s degree (at a maximum of R100 000 per per) and three years for a Doctoral degree (at a maximum of R120 000 per year). Students can only receive ‘top-ups’ if the bursary they hold is less than this one.

Step 1: the Application process

How to apply:

  1. Go to OPA
  2. Login with your CPUT credentials
  3. After logging in, go to the tab on the left-hand side which is titled "Apply Awards App"
  4. Click on the drop-down that says "Apply for VC Awards"

Application closes on 30th March 2021

Applications must only be submitted via the website.

Step 1: The following supporting documents must be included in your submission:

  • A letter of motivation
  • Submission of an accepted research topic
  • A copy of your results and proof of registration
  • A current Curriculum Vitae (cv) with your contact details and your supervisors contact details
  • A confidential declaration from the main supervisor, indicating that the research project is being independently carried out by the student

Step 2: Short-listing of candidates

Potential awardees may be requested to provide more information.

Step 3: Student presentations

The short-listed candidates will be invited to do a presentation to the committee outlining their achievements, research intentions and provide a motivation on why they should be considered for this prestigious award.

Step 4: Contacting the successful candidates and presentation of awards

Successful candidates will be contacted and invited to sign a declaration letter accepting the terms and conditions of this award. Towards the end of the year they will be invited to a special ceremony.

Step 5: Funding and management of the award.

  • the money will be deposited into the student’s fee account
  • if the student receives another award, for example, NRF, the committee will ‘top-up’ the award.
  • progress made by the candidates who have received awards; will be annually monitored by the committee
  • the management of the funds will be presented to the committee when it meets
  • during the year, all students' general behaviour and conduct will be observed. Students' conduct needs to be exemplary and show that they deserve this prestigious award.

Thank you to our donors for providing funding to the Vice-Chancellor Prestigious Achievers Award. The award is a contribution towards stimulating postgraduate studies at CPUT, building the next generation of academics and in transforming the education sector.

Good luck to all applicants.

Terms of Reference

Download the Terms of Reference here