French Embassy scholarship programme: applications now open

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:

- Humanities: SAFeThink scholarship programme

- All other fields of study: French Embassy Master scholarship programme

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.

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International and refugee scholarships

Postgraduate degree funding

Closing date: 31 July (preceding the year of study)

A limited number of scholarships are available to graduates who are not South African citizens. These are awarded on a competitive basis and preference is given to senior candidates.

All UCT International and Refugee Students’ Scholarships are supplementary. Students who apply must have the means to fund their studies. The scholarships are renewable for the duration of the course of study, if satisfactory progress is maintained, for one year at honours level, two at master’s level and three at doctoral level. Applicants must apply for full-time admission through the UCT Admissions Office or the Faculty Office. Late applications are not accepted.

Applicants can download the International Students Scholarship application form below.

Funding is available for refugees in South Africa. The Scholarships awarded on a yearly basis. The country of origin is irrelevant, but proof of Refugee status is required.

Funding is available for postgraduate studies only. The bursaries are awarded on a yearly basis. The country of origin is irrelevant.

The closing date is 31 July (preceding the year of study).

Please refer to Booklet No.14 Financial Assistance, etc for full details.

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MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program for Africans

MasterCard Foundation
Bachelors/Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: Jan-July 2016
Study in: USA & Africa
Course starts September 2016

Brief description:

The vision of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is to educate and develop academically qualified yet economically disadvantaged young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent. This $500 million program will provide students in secondary school and university with the knowledge and leadership skills needed to contribute to economic and social progress across Africa.

Host Institution(s):

The following universities/institutions were selected for their commitment to academic excellence, nurturing environments, and programs relevant to growth sectors in Africa, such as manufacturing, telecommunications, banking, and agriculture:

•  African Leadership Academy, South Africa
•  Ashesi University, Ghana
•  American University of Beirut, USA
•  Arizona State University, USA
•  Camfed , USA
•  Brac, Uganda
•  Duke University, USA
•  Earth University, Costa Rica
•  Forum for African Women Educationalists, Kenya
•  Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
•  Makerere University, Uganda
•  McGill University, Canada
•  Michigan State University, USA
•  Stanford University, USA
•  University of British Columbia, Canada
•  University of California, Berkeley, USA
•  University of Pretoria, South Africa
•  University of Toronto, Canada
•   Wellesley College, USA
•   University of Cape Town, South Africa

Field(s) of study:

Approved fields of studies offered by participating Universities/Institutions.  See the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship pages of the Universities/Institutions above.

Number of Scholarships:

The Scholarship Programs aims to give out $500 million worth of scholarships to 15,000 African students in 10 years.

Target group:

Citizens of Sub-Saharan Africa

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is designed to provide students with holistic support, including:

Comprehensive Scholarships:  Students receive financial support for fees, uniforms, books and supplies, transportation, accommodation, and stipends.

21st Century Skill Building: Students benefit from enrichment in skill areas relevant to employment success, such as critical thinking, communications, and entrepreneurship.

Transition Support: Students will receive support during their transition into secondary school, university or the workforce with mentoring, career counseling, internships, leadership development, and other life skills coaching.

Give-back Component: An integral component of the Program is the commitment from the Scholars to give back to their communities and countries of origin. Students will demonstrate this commitment through volunteerism and community service, as well as other forms of experiential learning.

Alumni Network: Graduates of the Scholars Program will be connected through an alumni network that offers information, resources, and opportunities to consult with other graduates.


Please check the specific eligibility criteria of the host institution/university you are interested in.

Application instructions:

Applications must be made directly to the participating university/institution of your choice. Deadline varies but is around January-July 2016.

It is important to visit the institution’s or university’s websites (see above links) and the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website:

Related Scholarships: List of Development Bank Scholarships

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Graça Machel Scholarships for Women in South Africa, 2016-2018

Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust is offering Graça Machel Trust scholarships for Southern Africa’s future women leaders. Scholarships are available for pursuing honours, masters and PhD study at South African universities. Funding is awarded for up to a maximum of one year for Honours, two years for Masters and three years for PhD. The application deadline is 27 July, 2015.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are provided to learn any of the courses offered by the South African universities.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing honours, masters and PhD study at South African universities.
Scholarship Provider: Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust
Scholarship can be taken at: South Africa

Eligibility: To apply for a scholarship under this programme you must be:
-A national of and normally resident in one of the SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
-In possession of a good first degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application
-Studying or applying to study at a South African university

Scholarship Open for International Students: The students of SADC countries (Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe) can apply for these scholarships.

Scholarship Description: Canon Collins Trust seeks to support exceptional individuals who are committed to social justice in Southern Africa and for whom a postgraduate qualification is an essential tool in working to create an open and just society. They are proud to offer Graça Machel Trust scholarships for Southern Africa’s future women leaders.

Duration of award(s): Funding is awarded for up to a maximum of one year for Honours, two years for Masters and three years for PhD.

What does it cover? In 2016 most awards will be valued at R65,000 for each year of study at Masters and PhD level. In exceptional cases we may offer up to R100,000 per year. We support both full and part-time study and will consider applications from those who wish to study by distance learning.

Selection Criteria: In selecting scholars, the Trust will apply a number of criteria including academic merit, need and the potential to contribute to open and just societies in southern Africa. Applicants for all schemes within the 2016 SA Scholarship Programme will be assessed on the basis of the information that they supply on their application form against the criteria outlined below: CCSA Scholarship 2014 Application Guidelines
-Academic Record and References Applicants should have a minimum of an upper second-class (merit) undergraduate or Honours degree and excellent references.
-Future impact All applicants need to articulate how the scholarship and their studies will enable them to contribute to open and just societies in southern Africa.
-Work Experience We favour applications where there is a demonstrable continuity between applicant’s past study and career and their proposed course of study.
-Leadership Competencies Canon Collins places a great deal of emphasis upon the leadership potential of individuals. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate how they have developed their leadership skills in the workplace, academia or in their personal life. Priority will be given to those who can describe an occasion/s in which they have used their skills to formulate a shared vision or strategy, build strategic relationships and networks, support peers and mentor others, and/or deliver results.
-Alignment with the Trust’s priorities We will favour applicants who most clearly demonstrate that their proposed course and future plans align with the Trust’s priorities.

Notification: Please do not email us to ask about the outcome of your application. All notifications will be by email so please make sure you provide an accurate email address. We will be interviewing shortlisted applicants by telephone in October 2015. They will let you know the outcome of your application in November 2015.

How to Apply: All sections of the form need to be complete before the system will allow the application form to be submitted. Information can be saved and the application form edited until the applicant chooses to submit. All applicants are required to upload the following supporting documentation:
-Copy of degree certificates, if available
-Certified academic transcripts
-Reference letters from two referees
-ID document (the following are acceptable: passport, birth certificate, driver’s license) You may also need to submit:
-Proof of refugee status, if applicable
-Two recent payslips, if currently employed
-PhD proposal if applicable.

Source: scholarship-positions

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