The Embassy of France in South Africa offers scholarships for students from South Africa and Lesotho who wish to do a Master’s degree or a PhD in France.
Launched in 2010, our scholarship programmes form part of the commitment between France and South Africa to establish fruitful partnerships between their universities while building a vast network of academic and professional contacts.
The Embassy allocates around 20 Master scholarships per year for the duration of one French academic year, renewable once. They include the tuition fees, the Schengen visa fees, a monthly stipend towards living expenses, health insurance and the flight tickets.
The deadline for applications is 21 March 2016.
As more and more Master programmes are taught in English, basic knowledge of French is desirable, but not required.
The French Embassy also offers PhD scholarships. The applications for PhD research grants is open permanently.
Our bursary programmes are thematically structured:
2015 French government scholarship holders
In 2015, the Embassy of France in South Africa allocated 26 French government Master scholarships for the academic year 2015-2016. 22 students have been allocated a scholarship through the Embassy programme and 4 through the SAFeThink programme, that specifically targets students in social and political sciences. Our scholarships have been allocated as follows: Economics/ management (9 scholarships), engineering and design (5), law (2), political sciences (3), arts management (2), agronomy (1), architecture (1), public health (1) and IT (1). Our 2015-2016 scholarship recipients are studying towards a Master’s degree in Paris, Nantes, Grenoble, Clermont-Ferrand and Toulouse.
2014 French government scholarship holders
In 2014, the Embassy of France in South Africa has offered 25 bursaries to South African graduates to pursue their Master’s studies in France from September 2014 – fields include Finance, Economics, Engineering, Public Relations, Media, Business, Journalism, Fashion, International Relations and Political Science, Biology and Sport Science.