NRF University Membership (2023)

University Membership benefits

For an annual fee of $1,000, membership benefits include networking opportunities for educators to build professional relationships, eligibility for student scholarships and special events to educate students on the retail industry and highlight retail’s diverse careers.

(Video) NRF 2023 Funding Information session

To be eligible for University Membership with NRF, your institution must be an accredited public or private college, university or online learning institution that offers degree programs at the bachelor level or higher. Accredited public or private colleges, universities or online learning institutions that offer degree programs at the bachelor level or higher are solely eligible for membership at the NRF University Member level. University membership is limited to colleges and universities within the United States.View the list of current NRF University Members.

These benefits include:

NRF Foundation Programs & Scholarships

(Video) Using the new NRF Postgraduate One Call system - Information session with Ms Caz McNamara

  • One free educator pass to Retail's Big Show.
  • Unlimited membership in the NRF Student Association for any currently-enrolled student at your institution.
  • Ability to nominate a student to be the NRF Student Ambassador for your school, a unique leadership experience that awards a $1,000 tuition award for students that participate.
  • Student eligibility for NRF Foundation’s Next Generation Scholarship which awards a $1,000 tuition award to 25 students each year, and up to a $25,000 scholarship for one top recipient ($10,000 scholarship for four other recipients).
  • Ability for students to participate in the NRF Foundation’s Student Challenge, a business case-competition designed for students to display their business acumen to retail executives, that awards nearly $50,000 in scholarships and travel stipends to winning teams.
  • Exclusive, free materials and content that highlight the career opportunities available with the retail industry to supplement curricula and support classroom learning.

NRF Content

  • University-wide membership with the NRF and NRF Foundation, which includes access to members-only research and webinars.
    • NRF On Demand – this free member benefit provides you with a digital platform hosting over 100 videos spanning 75+ hours of retail content from NRF’s industry-leading events
    • NRF Research – NRF produces research throughout the year responding to trends, consumer sentiment and economic forces. Select research is exclusive to members.
    • NRF Retail Resources & Tools – Find tools, resources and examples that retailers utilize regularly to ensure the continued success of their businesses


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  • Ability to receive up to 15 free Business of Retail Operations & Profit credentials for students, and one additional credential for a faculty member. Each credential includes an online-only curriculum and an exam.
    • The Business of Retail credential helps learners understand the positive impact that retail has on the global economy. Using an engaging curriculum with realistic business scenarios, your students will learn about marketing, merchandising, loss prevention, workplace safety and calculating profit.
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How much is NRF membership? ›

For an annual fee of $1,000, membership benefits include networking opportunities for educators to build professional relationships, eligibility for student scholarships and special events to educate students on the retail industry and highlight retail's diverse careers.

What is the purpose of NRF? ›

The National Response Framework (NRF) is a guide to how the Nation responds to all types of disasters and emergencies. It is built on scalable, flexible, and adaptable concepts identified in the National Incident Management System to align key roles and responsibilities across the Nation.

How large is the NRF? ›

NRF represents the largest private-sector industry in the United States that contains over 3.8 million retail establishments, supporting more than 52 million employees contributing $2.6 trillion annually to GDP.
National Retail Federation.
FormationJune 1911
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How do I join the NRF? ›

If you're interested in joining, fill out the NRF membership interest form below or contact the team at

How much is NRF monthly allowance? ›

Monthly stipends should be paid out to students not receiving university catering and meals. For example, students should receive R2 250 every month for 12 months or depending on the university's academic calendar year.

Does NRF give allowance? ›

Successful applicants will be funded either at FCS or PCS. The FCS will cover tuition fee, accommodation (i.e., university owned accommodation or private rental accommodation), living and transport allowance, food allowance and a once-off allowance for electronic study device (Table 2).

How many people attend NRF? ›

According to Matt Shay, President and CEO of NRF, they marked about 20,000 attendees and 800 companies exhibiting, and big kudos to the NRF for balancing health risk with the need to get business activity accomplished, while figuring out how to safely put on an in-person event of this size and scale.

How long is an NRF rating valid for? ›

Apart from research output, the quality and impact of research at tertiary institutions in South Africa are also reflected in the number of rated scientists, identified through the NRF rating system. Awards are valid for a period of six years.

Do you pay back NRF bursary? ›

Bursary holders must obtain the degree for which the financial support was awarded which is within one year after the NRF funding has completed, otherwise, the funds will have to be returned with interest.

How much does NRF pay Honours allowance? ›

NRF will contribute an amount of USD 22 000 per student.

Does NRF have age limit? ›

The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. The entry age requirement is 28, 30 and 32 years or younger for honours, master's and doctoral studies respectively, in the year of application, regardless of first year of registration.

What should I wear to the NRF? ›

Business casual and traditional business attire is required. Electronic devices must be turned off or set to meeting-mode during educational sessions.

How long does NRF take to release funds? ›

Funds will only be released once the completed documentation has been received by the NRF. Awards not taken up four (4) months after the awarding will be automatically cancelled, unless otherwise approved by the NRF.

What is an NRF student? ›

The NRF Student Association (NRFSA) provides talented students interested in digital, retailing and related careers unique educational and scholarship programs, networking opportunities and access to the latest industry news and research.

What is NRF certification? ›

The National Retail Federation provides a national certificate to support talented students interested in making retailing their career by offering a national certificate program, networking opportunities, and access to the latest retail research and news.

Does NSFAS pay allowance every month? ›

NSFAS allowances will be paid during the first week of each month over a period of 10 months.

Does NRF fund all courses? ›

The NRF bursary is intended to support doctoral candidates, Masters and Honours who wish to do their postgraduate research in the following fields: Science (all areas) Engineering (all areas)

Does scholarship pay stipend? ›

Full scholarship: A payment that covers all of your tuition and textbook fees. It potentially even provides a monthly stipend to cover your living expenses. Partial scholarship: This could be a smaller payment that must go towards your studies.

How much is NSFAS allowances? ›

NSFAS Allowances 2021
Allowance CategoryAnnual AmountHome
Living AllowanceR15 000.00R1500.00
Incidental AllowanceR2 900.00
R3 190.00
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What does the NRF scholarship cover? ›

DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding is intended to support honours, master's and doctoral candidates to pursue full-time studies at South African public universities, in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities, including Indigenous Knowledge Systems, focusing on research aligned ...

Does NRF pay PGCE? ›

The NRF does NOT support Postgraduate Diplomas or Certificates (PGCE). Only full-time Honours, Master's and PhD are supported.

What are some of the more popular gifts identified by the NRF? ›

Candy (56 percent), greeting cards (40 percent) and flowers (37 percent) remain the most popular gift items this Valentine's Day. Nearly a third (31 percent) of respondents plan to gift an “evening out” this year, up from 24 percent in 2021 and just slightly below pre-pandemic levels, for a total of $4.3 billion.

How do I apply for NRF funding for 2022? ›

Applications should now be completed and submitted on the NRF Connect system at Consult the manuals on how to register and create applications at

Is NRF a non profit? ›

NRF is the world's largest retail trade association. As NRF's nonprofit 501(c)(3), we connect people to an industry that's a great place to start and a great place to grow.

How do I check my NRF status? ›

Simply log into the NRF Online Submission system, go to "Landing Page" and then to "Tracking of Applications".

Does NRF have appeals? ›

Appeals must be lodged with the NRF's Reviews and Evaluation (RE) unit1, which acts as the secretariat for the Appeals Committee.

What does C2 NRF rating mean? ›

C2: All of the reviewers are firmly convinced that the applicant is an established researcher as described. The applicant may, but need not, enjoy some international recognition for the quality and impact of his/her recent research outputs.

Can you apply for NRF twice? ›

Top ups from other sources can be held up to 50% of the NRF award value or to the university capped value for scholarships or fellowships at the specified funding level. Double dipping into other NRF funding streams and programmes at the same level of award is not allowed.

Do you have to pay back bursary if you fail? ›

A bursary is a study grant that you don't need to repay – unless you fail in your studies, that is. But there may be conditions attached, such as doing volunteer work or maintaining a certain standard of academic performance.

How much does bursary pay per month in South Africa? ›

How much does a Bursary make in South Africa? The average bursary salary in South Africa is R 480 000 per year or R 246 per hour. Entry-level positions start at R 177 000 per year, while most experienced workers make up to R 2 503 008 per year.

Does NSFAS Fund honors? ›

NSFAS generally does not fund many Postgraduate diplomas, Honours degrees, Masters degrees and PhD degrees. Postgraduate students in fields not mentioned above can apply to the National Research Foundation (NRF) for postgrad funding.

Does NSFAS cover for the Honours degree? ›

Postgraduate diplomas, Honours degrees, Masters degrees as well as PhD degrees are not generally funded.

Does the NRF cover part time studies? ›

Part-time Honours is funded, but only through the Graduate Internship programme. If you want more informtation about the NRF and what they offer, you can visit their website here.

Who can apply for NRF rating? ›

Eligibility. 1.2 Fixed term contract researchers* formally affiliated with UCT (e.g. retired researchers, research associates/fellows) who are active researchers with a notable track record in research and/or postgraduate student supervision.

Does NRF cover Unisa? ›

Applicants must be NRF scholarship-holders in 2022. Extensions will only be granted under exceptional circumstances and will be for either six (6) or twelve (12) months as the NRF expects all postgraduate students to complete their qualifications within the NRF funding period.

What documents are needed to apply for NRF? ›

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Full tertiary academic record to date (on institutes letterhead)
  • Proof of University enrolment for 2023 (on institutes letterhead)

How do I get NRF color codes? ›

The color and size codes are only available electronically, either from a GS1 US Solution Partner (OpenText, InterTrade, or SPS Commerce) or through a one-time download through the GS1 US website. Please visit the GS1 US website directly for information and access to the color and size codes.

Is NRF a government grant? ›

The National Research Foundation was established as an independant government agency, through the National Research Foundation Act [Act No. 23 of 1998]. Deputy Chief Executive Officer: National Research Infrastructure Platforms.

How long does it take to receive funding? ›

Each foundation has its own timeline and can vary anywhere from 30 days to 18 months. Meanwhile, federal and state government funding generally lists the processing times publicly on their website. The chance of winning a grant can vary depending on how many people apply and the caliber of your proposal.

What does submitted to NRF for review mean? ›

Designated Authority Submitted to NRF for review

This status means that the relevant Designated Authority has “approved the application and that it is. available for the NRF to proceed with its internal processing. An applicant cannot edit their application when it has this status.

What is Fullform NRF? ›

The National Retail Federation (NRF) started in 1911 and continues to be the leading and largest group of retailers worldwide.

What is NRF in the US? ›

The NRF is used to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies. It is an all-hazards plan built on the template of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

What NRF 2023? ›

January 13-20, 2023

NRF Retail Week is a week-long celebration of parties, high-profile partner events, innovative store tours, experiential tech, workshops, educational sessions and more. Where NRF curates and promotes New York City's must-attend events for retailers.

Is NRF still open for 2022? ›

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call of new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2022 academic year. All continuing students who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application.

Is NRF a bursary or scholarship? ›

The NRF Bursary is a Postgraduate Scholarship for Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, Science, and Technology.

How long does NRF rating last? ›

Researchers who are currently rated will be invited by the NRF to submit the relevant documents for re-evaluation in the fifth year of their cycle. If the rating is successful, the new rating will be valid on 1 January of the next year.

Does Nsfas fund Honours? ›

Students will not be funded for any Postgraduate diplomas, Honours degrees, Master's degrees and PhD degrees.

Which degrees does NRF fund? ›

These are:
  • Undergraduate qualifications.
  • Postgraduate certificates.
  • Postgraduate diplomas.
  • Professions Master's degrees.
  • Professional Doctoral degrees.
  • 100% Master's by coursework.
  • BTech.
  • Part-time Master's and Doctoral studies.
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