Acceptance of doctoral candidates must be limited to those who can be offered supervision and acceptable conditions for study in other respects, and who have financing for their studies in accordance with Section 36. HEO 7:34 (2006:1053). A higher education institution may only accept applicants for third-cycle studies who are employed as doctoral students or who have been awarded an educational grant for third-cycle studies. However, The higher education institution may also accept applicants who have some other form of financing for their studies,if it considers that the funding can be assured for the entire course and that the applicant is able to devote such a large proportion of time to the studies that they can be completed within four years for a licentiate degree and eight years for a doctorate. HEO 7:36 (2010:1064).
The Vice-Chancellor has delegated to the Head of Department to admit applicants for third-cycle studies. Prior to recruitment and admission of a doctoral student, the Head of Department assesses that funding can be secured during the education. If the financial bases for study financing change or cease during the study period, the Head of Department is responsible for creating the conditions for continued study financing.