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Foreign bursaries:Opportunities for South Africans to study abroad

There are a large number of bursaries, scholarships and grants available that provide financial support
through for South African students to study abroad and in South Africa universities and academic institutions. These are made available from various governments through cultural agreements as well as through institutional programmes and private organisations and donors.

The following list is a guide and is not exhaustive. Please follow the link to find the specific requirements for each fund including course of study, institutions, date of application, qualifying requirements, age limitations, financial terms of the bursary: living costs, tuition, travel, medical provision, stipends, etc . In the case of the various government sponsored awards applicants will require endorsement by the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

While many of the countries specify that the study options are only available where English is a medium of instruction, other bursaries are offered on the basis that a year of study in the language of the country is
compulsory, which forms part of the bursary scope.

Students who choose to study in a foreign country should be willing to learn local culture and adapt to living in the country. In many cases as the bursary is part of deepening relations between South Africa and the sponsoring country, students are expected to be part of the effort to improve relations between the home country and will be required to participate in official functions.


Australia Awards Scholarships are postgraduate scholarships that lead to an academic qualification from an Australian university. The objective of the Awards is to provide high quality education and training to talented Africans who will be in a position, on their return home, to make an important contribution to
national or regional development Priority areas are:
Agricultural Productivity
Public Policy (including TVET, Public Health, Trade & Governance


Austrian scholarships are available for students, teachers and researchers in southern Africa.

The Summer University of Vienna offers an international summer study programme, including European Studies and German language courses, for students from all over the world.

Tourism and Hotel Management: The Austrian Development Agency offers scholarships to students from
developing countries every year.

Please be aware that scholarships are competitive and are awarded after a careful selection process by the Austrian Development Agency and the Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management.


These grants offer the possibility to increase their professional competencies and capacities through university (master and doctorate) studies or through internships and travel trips. These opportunities are
offered in the country of origin, in other partner countries or in Belgium.


A new scholarship programme is available to African students to study in Canada. The African Leaders of
Tomorrow (ALT) Scholarship Programme will grant scholarships to young African women and men to pursue a Master's degree in public administration, public policy or public finance at a Canadian university.


The Chinese government provides about 50 scholarships to South African government annually. You can
get the up-to-date scholarship information by visiting . A total of 279 Chinese universities are designated to accept Chinese Government Scholarship students from which you can choose your target university. Students may study science, engineering, agriculture, medicine (western medicine), economics, management, legal studies, fine arts, literature, history, philosophy. Some universities offer the courses in English. Scholarship recipients of Chinese-taught programs without adequate Chinese language proficiency must take Chinese language training courses for one to two academic years to reach the language requirements of their host universities before moving on to major studies. Failure to reach the required language proficiency will lead to the termination of scholarship.

European Union

Erasmus Mundus EUSATURN is a scholarship programme funded by the European Union that offers 6-month and 10-month study/research scholarships to South Africans, currently enrolled in a PhD programme at a South African University. Six partner universities in Europe which offer a wide range of
courses (taught in English) and exciting research opportunities. Universities are in:
The Netherlands
Academic staff members who would like to do a teaching exchange and administrative staff members may also apply if opportunities are available.


The Embassy of France 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 French Embassy also offers PhD scholarships. The applications for PhD research grants is open permanently.


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships in Germany for international
students for a range of postgraduate courses at German Universities, which aim at providing academically educated young professionals from developing countries with further specialised studies.


The Greek Government offers scholarships per year to South African students for tertiary education studies in Greece. Most of these scholarships are given to students from the less privileged sectors of the South African society. Students can apply for these scholarships through the Greek embassy.


Through the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Funding is available to students in under graduate, post graduate and doctoral programmes as well as in professional courses such as engineering, pharmacy, accountancy, business administration and management. The ICCR offers 100 scholarships (at any given time) for study in Indian classical music, dance, painting, yoga and sculpture.
The scholarships are valid for one year. This Scholarship Scheme is offered to nationals of all countries.

Direct applications from candidates are not considered by ICCR. International government nominees have to fill in the prescribed forms for Scholarships for Foreign Nationals that are available with Indian missions abroad.


Italian language proficiency is a determining factor in being accepted for study in Italy and for being awarded a bursary. The scholarships are offered for the following type of courses: Undergraduate University courses (renewals only); Postgraduate University courses; Master's Degree courses (Levels I or II); Ph.D. Courses; Specialisation Schools; Research under academic supervision;
Courses of Higher Education in Art, Music and Dance (AFAM); Advanced Courses on Italian language and culture Courses for Teachers of Italian as second language.


The MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) offers scholarships to foreign 19 students who wish to study at Japanese universities under the Japanese Government (MEXT)
Scholarship Program. Study programmes include social sciences and humanities, natural sciences, engineering, chemistry, medicine and dentistry


The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building within organisations in 51 countries by providing fellowships for training and education for professionals. The NFP is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation.

The NFP has three sub programmes for individual fellowships:
Short courses
Master's degree programmes
PhD studies

New Zealand

The New Zealand Aid Programme offers scholarships to people from developing countries who are motivated to make a difference at home. Preference will be given to candidates who apply to study in
academic disciplines relating to the following:
Agriculture Development
Renewable Energy


The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) has launched a new funding
scheme for collaboration between higher education institutions in Norway and selected developing countries.


The Ignacy Łukasiewicz programme is made up of two types of scholarships: Master studies in technical fields preceded by one-year university preparatory course and PhD studies in the following fields: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, technical sciences, agricultural sciences.


The Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP) serves as the primary platform through which Singapore offers technical assistance to other countries through training courses or study visits conducted in Singapore. Applicant should be endorsed by the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), the Swiss Confederation
awards various post-graduate scholarships to foreign scholars of all disciplines and to some foreign artists:


To encourage outstanding international students to undertake degree studies (undergraduate, master or
doctoral degree) in Taiwan, the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) offers the Taiwan Scholarship Programme.

United Kingdom

A number of opportunities are available for students seeking scholarships and other forms of funding for their studies offered by UK organisations. Many scholarships only cover postgraduate degrees; others cover course fees for specific subjects and some are only available for specific institutions.

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government's global scholarship programme. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, Chevening offers two types of award - Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships - the recipients of which are personally
selected by British Embassies and High Commissions throughout the world.

Canon Collins

Canon Collins Trust runs scholarship programmes in South Africa and the UK. They award scholarships
independently of higher education institutions. The eligibility criteria and value of award vary between the different programmes.

Students wishing to apply for study at a South African university may want to consider the following programmes:
Canon Collins Scholarships for Postgraduate study in South Africa
Graça Machel Scholarship for women
LLB Law at the University of the Western Cape Law scholarships
LLB Law at the University of Fort Hare scholarships
Thekgo Bursaries
GreenMatter Fellowships
If you would like to apply for postgraduate study in the UK you may wish to consider the following programmes:
Canon Collins Scholarships for Masters study in the UK
Commonwealth Scholarships for Masters and PhD
Kader Asmal Fellowships for study in Ireland
If you wish to study through distance learning you may want to consider:
University of London Law Scholarships

United States of America

Education USA offers general information sessions for students interested in studying in the United States of America.

Durban Advisor: Susan Knowles
Tel: 031 305-7600 x 3135
Fax: 031 305-7693
Old Mutual Bldg., 30th Fl., 303
Dr. Pixley KaSeme St., Durban

Fulbright Program

The primary goal of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of South Africa through educational exchanges. The Public Affairs Office of
U.S. Mission in South Africa administers several programs for both American and South African citizens to whom grants are given for research, teaching, curriculum development, and Master's and Doctoral studies in a wide variety of fields.

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA ) Program: Teach isiZulu in the United States:

The Fulbright FLTA Program is a nine-month, State Departmentfunded, non-degree program for early career English teachers or professionals in related fields (e.g., American Studies, American/English Literature, etc.). Participants have the opportunity to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency, and extend their knowledge of the society and culture of the United States; they will be engaged as teaching assistants in Zulu classrooms for U.S. university students, thereby strengthening foreign language instruction and spreading awareness of South African culture in the United States.

Fulbright FLTA participants also interact with their host communities in conversation groups, xtracurricular activities, and community outreach projects.

Applications are currently open and close 15 July.


If you excel in sports and would like to be a university student athlete in the U.S., go to

Youth Leadership Program

Provides secondary school students a three-week opportunity in the U.S. to participate in workshops, community service activities, team-building exercises, home-stays with American host families, meetings with community leaders, and a wide range of leadership development activities.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange
and Study (YES ) Program:

Provides scholarships to high school students to spend up to one academic year in the United States. Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about U.S. society and values, and educate others about their home countries and cultures.

For in-depth information on these & other exchange programs please visit the following websites:

Cultural exchanges:

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