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NRF-ratings overview

National Research Foundation (NRF) ratings are a national indicator of research excellence. NRF ratings are based on a researcher’s recent research outputs as judged by both local and international peers.

UCT: 542 NRF-rated researchers, 15% of the total number of South African researchers.

NRF-rated researchers

A-rated researchers

These are researchers who are unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of their recent research.

UCT: 41 A-rated researchers, 33% of total of South Africa’s A-rated researchers.

A-rated researchers

P-rated researchers

Researchers in this group are recognised by all, or the overriding majority of reviewers, as having demonstrated the potential to become future international leaders in their field, on the basis of exceptional research performance and output from their doctoral and/or early post-doctoral research careers.

UCT: 8 P-rated researchers, 50% of South Africa’s P-rated researchers.

P-rated researchers