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Research Scholarships

The NSF Postgraduate Research Scholarship scheme is implemented in order to increase the number of postgraduate research studies conducted by Sri Lankan graduates at local Universities. It is also intended to attract and encourage graduates from recognized Universities to conduct fulltime research leading to postgraduate research degrees and to encourage them to take up careers related to research.

The NSF Research Scholarship scheme was initiated with the specific objective of encouraging young and outstanding graduates to conduct postgraduate research leading to MPhil or PhD. This scheme will assist in providing financial support to graduates to conduct full time research (within Sri Lanka) leading up to 3 years for MPhils or PhDs.

Eligibility Criteria

  • be citizens of/ residing in Sri Lanka and should be registered with the STMIS database of the NSF and committed for fulltime research in only within Sri Lanka.
  • be graduates with a class in a Bachelors degree from a recognized University OR without a class but with a MSc or MPhil.
  • be registered and be accepted by a Faculty of Graduate Studies/ Postgraduate Institute/ Faculty of a recognized University, for the postgraduate degree applied for.

How to apply

Only soft copies of applications are entertained. Please download the application from below, complete it (the signature page needs to be printed, signed, scanned and attached to the application) and email to the given email address (schol@nsf.gov.lk) together with all other required documents.

The letters from the Supervisors (in confidence) needs to be sent directly to the given email address with the name of the applicant in the Subject line.


  • Application form (doc,153kb | pdf,624kb )
  • Programme Brief (pdf,144kb)