Rhodes University Funding for Overseas Study

By | January 22, 2017

Rhodes University Funding for Overseas Study

Below are weblinks of Scholarships for African students offered annually to study at an international institution. These scholarships are offered annually. Please note that scholarship providers may change information about their scholarship programme without notice. You are therefore advised to check the scholarship website for current information.


Overseas Funding

International Scholarships: Top 80 Annual International Scholarships‌

Kader Asmal Fellowship

The fellowship programme has two strands:

Eight annual awards for postgraduate study in:

1. Business Management

  • Economics, Accounting, and Human Resource Management
  • Management and Business

2. Agriculture, Food Science & Nutrition

  • Agriculture, Climate Change, Rural Development and Sustainability
  • Food Science and Food Engineering, Bioresource Technology

3. Public Administration

  • Economics, Accounting, and Human Resource Management
  • Public Health, Health Economics and Health Engineering

Please click here for a full list of courses you can study under this strand.

One annual award will be made for a fellowship in:  Human Rights Law (LLM in Law) at Trinity College Dublin. This will be selected by the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC).

Please click here for a description of the course you can study on this fellowship.

Are you eligible?
Please read the Application Guidelines carefully before applying.

Applicants must:

  • be a South African citizen or a citizen of Zimbabwe holding a South African Permanent Residence Permit
  • have achieved the necessary standard to be accepted onto a postgraduate course in an institute of higher education in Ireland
  • be seeking funding for a full-time postgraduate programme in one of the above listed subject areas
  • be able to take up fellowship in the academic year 2017/2018

Please note applicants already in possession of a Master’s degree are not eligible

What the Fellowship offers
The Kader Asmal Fellowships will cover:

  • university application fees
  • tuition fees
  • examination and other fees
  • economy travel to and from your country of residence to Ireland;
  • settling in allowance, book allowance and study allowance
  • accommodation
  • a monthly personal living allowance (stipend) to cover other living expense for you only and
  • the costs of an entry clearance (student visitor visa) application

How to apply
We are currently open for applications for the 2017/2018 academic year. Please access the online application form through the link below. The deadline for applications will be Tuesday 21 February 2017.

FirstRand Oxford African Studies Scholarship

The FirstRand Foundation has entered into a partnership with the African Studies Centre at Oxford University to allow an outstanding South African student to undertake postgraduate study at one of the world’s foremost universities.

The scholarship will provide full funding for one student each year to study a master’s degree at the African Studies Centre of Oxford University. The partnership is for five years.  The successful candidate will be housed at Wadham College.

“The African Studies Centre is delighted to inaugurate this relationship with FirstRand, thus continuing a rich tradition of working with South African institutions and providing opportunities for South Africans to study at Oxford.” Jonny Steinberg, Professor of African Studies, Oxford University

FirstRand will conduct the interviewing and selection process, which will run concurrently with the FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship for international postgraduate study, based on academic excellence, leadership ability, community involvement and the candidate’s potential to be a destiny changer.

“The candidates historically interviewed all have amazing talent and I have always been impressed by the enthusiasm shown for their chosen fields of study. They have excelled academically as well as in their outside interests, such as sport, music and community service. Leadership qualities also seem to be part and parcel of their make-up.

The interviews are a humbling and rewarding experience.” Laurie Dippenaar, Chairman, FirstRand.

Candidates have to apply and be accepted to do an MSc at the African Studies Centre at Oxford University and must apply online for the FirstRand Oxford African Studies Scholarship for their application to be considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by mid-April and should be available for final interviews to be held in Sandton on 25 April 2017.  A final announcement will be made by end May 2017.

FirstRand and the African Studies Centre are looking for the best applicants who will truly benefit from the opportunity and contribute to South Africa on their return.

The successful candidate is required to return to South Africa for at least five years after completing his or her studies as stipulated by SARS.

Online applications for the FirstRand Oxford African Studies Scholarship and the FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship for international postgraduate study for 2017 will open on 16 December 2016 and close on 23 February 2017. No late applications will be accepted.

Applications for the MSc in African Studies at Oxford University close on 20 January 2017. For more information visit: http://www.africanstudies.ox.ac.uk/msc-african-studies

Information and the application form will on the FirstRand website from December 2016, www.firstrand.co.za

2017 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship for Postgraduate International Study

Four academically gifted South African students with excellent leadership qualities and the potential to be future destiny changers were each awarded R750  000 to pursue  postgraduate studies at the internationally recognised university of their choice in the FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar and FirstRand Foundation postgraduate scholarship awards this year.

2016 is the 10th year that these prestigious scholarships have been awarded.  The value of the scholarship was increased to R750 000 per year and a total of R3 million was awarded to four students. The scholarship is available to South African citizens for postgraduate study in any discipline at an internationally recognised university of their choice.  Excellence is the only criterion for selection.

The scholarship was awarded to four exceptional candidates.

  1. Russel Daries was awarded a FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship. He has a BSC in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and will be undertaking an MSc in Machine Learning at University College London.
  2. Niel van Der Walt was awarded a FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship.  He holds a B Eng Honours in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pretoria and will read for a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering (telecommunications and sensing systems) at Delft University.,  specialising in quantum mechanics.
  3. Mogwale Motebejane was awarded a FirstRand Foundation Scholarship. He completed his MBChB at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is now completing a 12 month fellowship in interventional neuroradiology at Tufts University School of Medicine
  4. Genna Gardini has a BA Honours with drama specialisation and an MA in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town.  She wishes to pursue a PhD in Drama and English at Queen Mary University of London.

“The panel was again hugely impressed by the quality of all the applicants and, in particular, the last ten who were invited to be interviewed.  Any of the ten could have been a worthy recipient of the award.  Members of the panel were unanimous in their view that meeting and interviewing the finalists was an inspirational experience.  The panel regard themselves as fortunate to be exposed to such amazing talent.” said Laurie Dippenaar, Chairman, FirstRand.

As a result of the growing awareness of this leading scholarship, 194 (an increase of more than 70%) qualifying applications were received in 2016. Applications were received from graduates from all of the major academic universities.

“I would once again like to thank all South African universities for promoting this scholarship among their outstanding postgraduate students. The final adjudication panel was again hugely impressed by the quality of all the applicants and, in particular, the final 10 who were invited for interviews.” said Beth van Heerden, FirstRand CSI Executive

Applications for the 2017 FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship for Postgraduate International Study will open on Friday 16 December 2016 and close on Thursday 23 February 2017.

Details and the application form will be available on the FirstRand website, www.firstrand.co.za from end November 2016.

The following factors are taken into account in the awarding of the scholarship:

  • academic excellence;
  • leadership abilities;
  • community involvement;
  • potential to be a destiny changer;
  • preference is given to applicants under the age of 35; and
  • first-time overseas study.

A preliminary evaluation process was followed with at least three people evaluating each application.  The preliminary judging panel of 27 members consisted of representatives from FirstRand, RMB, FNB, Tshikululu Social Investments, and prior scholarship recipients.  A list of 47 applicants (long list) was selected and interviewed either in person or telephonically by a combination of Beth van Heerden, Jonathan Stilwell, Adrian Arnott and Professor Shireen Hassim from Wits University.  A short list of 10 candidates was selected for the final interviews for the FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship.

The 2016 final adjudication panel was:

  • Laurie Dippenaar;
  • Estelle Dippenaar;
  • Pat Goss;
  • Mamokgethi Phakeng;
  • Clare Digby;
  • Francois Hugo and
  • Sizwe Nxasana

Cambridge Trust Scholarships 2017

Cambridge Trust invites post graduates to study at the University of Cambridge
To apply for admission and the Trust for funding for the academic year starting October 2017

Applicants intending to pursue a course of graduate study or research at the University of Cambridge should complete and submit an online application form through the Applicant Portal to the University’s Graduate Admissions Office by the relevant deadline.

To view the graduate course directory please visit: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses

By submitting one online application form per course applied for, candidates will, where eligible, be considered for:

  • admission to a course of graduate study or research by the University;
  • admission to a College by one or more of the Cambridge Colleges;
  • funding offered by the Cambridge Trust http://www.cambridgetrust.org/.

To view the Graduate Prospectus or submit an on-line/paper application form please visit www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions

Applicants who wish to be considered for funding by the Cambridge Trust should complete the funding section of the graduate application form (via the Applicant Portal). Only after a conditional offer from the University has been made can a student be considered for a scholarship.

For more information on awards from the Cambridge Trust you would be eligible for please see: http://www.cambridgetrust.org/scholarships/ and complete ‘search for scholarships’.

Candidates should note that the Trust cannot admit students to the University or to any of its Colleges.  If you wish to apply for funding from the Cambridge Trust for graduate studies at the University of Cambridge and you are an ‘Overseas’ student you will need to submit your online application form through the Applicant Portal no later than 7 December 2016 ready for admission in October 2017.

If you are considered an ‘EU/Home’ student then you will need to submit your online application form through the Applicant Portal no later than 4 January 2017 http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply/application-funding-deadlines#funding

Students who apply by the relevant deadline and have been offered conditional admission will be automatically considered for any scholarship for which they are eligible.

Lund University’s 350th Jubilee Scholarship

This year marks a very special year for the university as we celebrate our 350th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, Lund has launched a scholarship competition for non-EU/EEA applicants. With the Lund University’s 350th Jubilee Scholarship competition, we are adding an additional €350,000 in scholarships to applicants beginning their Master’s studies in autumn 2017. We are asking for your help to spread the news about this great opportunity!

Do you know talented students back home who may be interested in studying their Master’s at Lund University? Then this scholarship is for them! The scholarship can cover a part of or the entire tuition fee, and it is open to non-EU students who are required to pay tuition fees in Sweden and who wish to start their studies in Lund in autumn 2017.

Interested applicants can register and compete for the chance to become one of our Jubilee Scholars at www.lund350scholarship.com. The deadline to register is 15 January 2017. Students must of course also apply to the Master’s programme of their choice at www.universityadmissions.se as per the normal application process for studies.

Questions about this scholarship can be directed to lu350scholarship.dm@er.lu.se.

Commonwealth Scholarships tenable in the United Kingdom 2017/18

Commonwealth Scholarships 2017: Terms & Conditions

Selection Criteria

Guide to the online system

Universities of South Africa (UnivSA, formally HESA) has invited applications from South African citizens for the Commonwealth Scholarships tenable in the UK for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Applications may be in either of the following two categories for study in the UK:

  • Taught Master’s courses (One Year) (excluding MBA)
  • PhDs

Please note the Agency does not nominate candidates for:

  • Distance Learning Scholarships to study UK Master’s degree courses in your home country.
  • Academic Fellowships for mid-career academics to spend time at UK. universitiesProfessional Fellowships for mid-career professionals to spend time at a UK host organization.
  • Split-site scholarship.

More information on these awards and other awards available from the Commission are available on the website www.dfid.gov.uk/cscuk.

It is an online application process (some details below, carefully reading the attached important docs as well).

The University may only nominate 10 applications from the list of applicants each year. Thus this is a highly competitive process both at RU, UnivSA and finally the UK final selection. From the applications received Rhodes may only recommend ten, thus we have a screening process to complete in order to send the top 10 to UnivSA. Thus the Rhodes closing date has to be earlier than UnivSA/online process – namely 14 October 2016.

UnivSA in turn will assess all applications received from the various tertiary institutions in South Africa and only a limited number will be nominated to the UK. The UK in turn will make a limited number of awards.

PLEASE READ the instructions and information below, as well as the attached documents (PDF’s) very carefully. You are welcome to pop in and chat to us if you are uncertain about any aspect.

Important points:

Any candidate who has not submitted an application via the EAS cannot be considered for a scholarship.

and once registered and logged in, you need to select “Rhodes” option, not “Rhodes direct”. To quote UnivSA “Thus choose the option University Rhodes (to CSC via UnivSA) in the EAS”.

  • Hand in a printed completed copy to us, no later than Friday 14 October 2016, which will be forwarded to UnivSA initially.

(VNB: please do not look at dates on the attached documents or websites pertaining to Nov dates, these are the dates for the Univ to meet so as to sign off your application and complete the nominations process. So make sure you adhere to the 14 Oct Rhodes deadline please)

  • Rhodes then sends nominations to UnivSA in Pretoria (early November). By end Jan 2017 they will select apps to send to the UK, who then advise by end April their final selection (they access your online application at their point, hence the online and paper apps!
  • Email us to let us know you have applied so we can keep a list, x-ref that to the paper apps when they come in.
  • To quote UnivSA:

“The Electronic Application System (EAS) has automatically set the deadline for applications to be made via a University for 15 November 2016 (14 days prior to the closing date of the Nominating Agency).

This means that candidates applying via your University will not be allowed to apply after 15 November 2016, that is why we make our closing date earlier.

Other details:

  1. 1.      Eligibility:

Eligibility requirements are outlined in the Scholarship Prospectus attached hereto. I would particularly draw your attention to the following:

  • The Commission will look for evidence of high academic quality expected of Commonwealth scholars; intellectual and academic excellence will be paramount in all selections. Candidates studying a first degree are expected to hold at least upper second class honours level or a degree of second class (i.e. 70%+) by October 2017.
  • Candidates should be able to take up the award in October 2017 as deferments are granted in the most exceptional circumstances, and in any event will not be considered for start dates beyond January 2018.
  • Please note that if candidates for Master’s awards have undertaken any of their university education outside their home country, they will be asked to state how it was funded and how the education differed from that in their home country.
  • All PhD candidates must provide a supporting statement from a named supervisor from at least one of the UK universities to which they are applying.

Awards are tenable at any UK institution of higher education with whom the Commission has a part-funding agreement. A list of these institutions can be found at http://bit.ly/cscuk-uk-universities. Candidates are expected to state at least one and up to three preferred institution(s) on the application form. The final decision on a host institution will be made by the Commission. In recent years, placement of successful candidates has sometimes been delayed by the process of gaining admission to their host university. For this reason, candidates must submit independent applications for admission directly to their preferred institutions in the UK in advance of their scholarship application. Where offers of admission have been obtained, these should be included with the nominations, and any subsequent correspondence copied to us.

The Commission will not offer awards to scholars already close to completing a doctorate in their own country, though awards may be offered to complete doctoral studies already underway in the UK.

  1. 2.      Selection Criteria:

Final selection of candidates and host institutions will be made by the UK Commission based on the nominations from the South African Agency. Once again, they will be seeking candidates of the highest academic quality, who demonstrate a real capacity to make a difference to their home country on completion of the award. The main selection criteria are academic merit, the quality of the study plan and the potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country.

Applications which do not meet the academic criteria will not be considered by the South African Selection Panel. We receive substantially more nominations than scholarships available, and for this reason, the selection process has become very competitive over the years. It should be noted that even applicants who meet the academic criteria may not be finally selected by the Selection Panel due to the competitive nature of these scholarships.

The Selection Committee has become concerned in recent years with the way in which papers are increasingly arriving in an incomplete state and has instructed its secretariat to render ineligible applications which do not arrive in the manner requested. Such incomplete applications will not be considered by the committee.

The following information should be noted by ALL applicants:

  1. The EAS ask each applicant to upload scanned passport-size photograph, transcripts, birth certificate (copy of green ID will do) and any letters received from a UK institution listed in their application form.
  2. References: VERY IMPORTANT

The EAS will send an e-mail to each referee with a link to the applicants application form to write a reference. The e-mail is only sent when the application is submitted and therefore candidates are encouraged to this well in advance in order for the referees to have time to submit their references before the closing date of 14 October 2016. The onus is on the applicant to ensure that references are submitted online and made available to Rhodes to link with your application so facilitate continued processing before sending onto UnivSA. Applications received without the requested references will not be considered.

(ideally, they need to be done by 16 October, so that when we make our recommendations, we have reports to refer to as well, both visible on the online app, as well as signed letter headed copies we can add to your paper copy we send to UnviSA. Please liaise with your referees now so that whilst you are preparing your application they can start preparing your referee report well in advance (i.e. now) so that they can merely cut and paste when the EAS email arrives requested the report once you have submitted your application. The EAS email will give  a later date than the 14 Oct, so please explain to them to ignore that date and rather work to our date please. The hard copy needs to reach us with your application on the 14 Oct closing date. It can be placed in a sealed envelope marked “confidential referee report – Commonwealth application” and your name.

Take time in preparing your application, seek advice from those who you may know that have received such scholarships, as well as an academic who is prepared to read through  your application and advise accordingly. We will also look at your application if you come into the office and will gladly give comments and advice.


Outstanding Young Post-Graduate Students

Do you intend studying at Oxford University (UK)? The Call for Rhodes Trust Scholarships to study at Oxford University is attached for further information.

All students (from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia or Swaziland) who excel academically, demonstrate leadership, are committed to making a difference in the world, and have the energy to fulfil their ambitions, are encouraged to apply.

Please read their criteria thoroughly and make sure you qualify and ensure you comply with their application form requirements so as not to be disqualified due to insufficient documentation or weak presentation.

For more information please visit the following website: http://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/southern-africa

Closing date: CLOSED

South African Referee Guidance

South Africa Memorandum

Patrick & Margaret Flanagan Scholarship 2017

Rhodes University invites candidates to apply for the Patrick & Margaret Flanagan Scholarship for international full-time postgraduate study in 2017.

Eligibility: Women of South African descent with an excellent academic record and outstanding qualities are eligible to apply.

Period: A maximum of two years full-time postgraduate study.

Tenable: At any international university.

Value: Up to R450 000 per annum for two years.

Deadline: CLOSED

Flanagan Scholarship: General Conditions

Flanagan Scholarship: Application procedure

Flanagan Scholarship: Past Recipients

Please note: This Scholarship is available only to students who completed their secondary schooling at any school in KwaZulu-Natal

Closing date for applications: 31 October 2016

The Cecil Renaud Educational and  Charitable Trust

Overseas Scholarship for 2017 – Postgraduate Study in the United Kingdom

Dr Cecil Renaud, a well-known Durban Philanthropist, established The Cecil Renaud Educational and Charitable Trust (the Trust) in 1988. Dr Renaud passed away on 3 June 1993 and bequeathed the residue of his estate to the Trust.

Shortly after the Trust became active, the trustees decided to establish an Overseas Scholarship.  The Overseas Scholarship, granted annually, is awarded for a maximum of two years for post-graduate study (Masters degree (or equivalent) or PhD) in the United Kingdom at a university of the student’s choice.  In past years students who have been awarded the Scholarship have attended, inter alia, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, and the University of London.  This Scholarship is available only to students who completed their secondary schooling at any school in KwaZulu-Natal and who must either be:

  1. postgraduate students currently studying towards an Honours degree; or
  2. undergraduate students in their final year of a four year degree.

In selecting a candidate for the Overseas Scholarship, the trustees consider the following criteria, inter alia, to be of particular importance:

  1. Outstanding academic achievement (at a minimum: undergraduate or Honours degree(s) achieved cum laude or summa cum laude; and additionally, Dean’s Commendations and Certificates of Merit).
  2. Evidence of focus, commitment, stamina and leadership.
  3. The promise of effectiveness in the chosen area of study and other areas.

Applicants must be under the age of 27 at the time of applying for the Scholarship.

Application forms for the Overseas Scholarship are available from:

The Trustees
The Cecil Renaud Educational and Charitable Trust
P.O Bag X14

Email:  Beverley@nedbank.co.za

Telephone Number: 031- 536 5213 (Beverley Ford)

Abe Bailey Travel Bursary

Abe Bailey Conditions of Award

Abe Bailey 2015 programme

Abe Bailey Objectives and General Information

This is an opportunity for a study tour to the UK 22nd Nov 2016 – 17th Dec 2016.

PLEASE DO NOT APPLY if this will clash with exams, other interviews etc, as the successful candidate will undertake to attend this trip without the chance of bailing at that time!

Applicant’s need to provide evidence of exceptional qualities of leadership and community service experience, and excellent grades. Other factors are taken into account when selecting.

There is an initial Rhodes screening process, with a Selection Committee of interviews for the top 6 applications received. The provisional Interview date is 21 May 2015 (morning / afternoon), those  shortlisted for interview will be emailed of the date and time closer to the day. The top three interviewees will be nominated to the Trust, who then make the final selection and advise us towards the end of June.

Documents and further details attached. Please read them carefully so as to aid you in your application. Often we are inundated with questions, answers of which are in the  documents provided!

Documents required for this process:

  1. A personal letter of motivation as to why you are applying for the travel bursary.
  2. A current CV.
  3. Three letters of reference must accompany your application which are in sealed envelopes to ensure confidentiality. (Please use at least two academic referees who currently know you, ie referees who have known you within the last three years only, the third may be from community engagement and leadership involvement). Please co-ordinate carefully with your referees in the next few weeks so that your application is complete when delivered to our offices.
  4. Copies of ID, matric cert, full University academic records (undergraduate and postgraduate (where relevant).
  5. Copies of school & university merit/achievement certificates (limited to 5).
  6. Details of leadership roles and community service within the community, at school and at university.

Rhodes Closing Date: 25 April 2016 – no late apps accepted after 12:30 on the 25 April 2016.

Chinese Government Scholarship for South African Students 2016

The Chinese Government is offering scholarships for South African students to study at Chinese institutions starting in the 2016/17 academic year.

The scholarship may be awarded for undergraduate (Bachelors) in the identified scarce skills, postgraduate (Masters or PhD) or non-degree Chinese language studies. Preference is given to applications for postgraduate studies.

Criteria and Eligibility

  • South African citizens in good health with a strong academic record.
  • Available to study in China from September 2016 (no extensions will be allowed).
  • Demonstrated interest in China and commitment to the development of South Africa.
  • Applications from all qualified candidates in any field will be accepted, but priority will be given to applications for postgraduate studies, previously disadvantaged applicants and applicants in the following fields:
  1. Biotechnology
  2. Chinese language studies
  3. Climate change
  4. Engineering sciences
  5. Human and social dynamics
  6. Management
  7. Maritime Studies
  8. Natural and physical sciences
  9. Nuclear and renewable energy
  10. Space science and technology
  11. Statistics
  12. Telecommunication
  • All students must meet the minimum academic requirements for entry into a similar programme at a South African university.

For Further Information please visit the following website: http://www.dhet.gov.za/InternationalScholarships/CHINESE%20GOVERNMENT%20SCHOLARSHIPS.html

New Scholarship Opportunity at the University of Winnipeg

The Master of Arts in Environmental, Resource and Development Economics (ERDE) is seeking applications for the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships Program. These Scholarships are designed to develop global citizens through enriched academic, professional, and cross-cultural experiences.

  • Scholarships valued at $25, 000 per annum are available for students from Commonwealth countries to pursue graduate studies at the University of Winnipeg.
  • $6, 000 scholarships are available for Canadian students to study or conduct research in Commonwealth countries for one semester.
  • All Queen Elizabeth scholars will participate in a range of activities designed to allow them to integrate their academic learning with broader cross-cultural experiences through leadership and community engagement opportunities.

Closing date: CLOSED

For more information visit: www.uwinnipeg.ca/graduate-studies/scholarships-and-awards/internal-awards.html

Queries: m.ogorman@uwinnipeg

Commonwealth Scholarships Tenable in the United Kingdom 2016/17

HESA has invited applications from South African citizens for the Commonwealth Scholarships tenable in the UK for the 2016/2017 academic year.

Applications may be in either of the following two categories for study in the UK:

  • Taught Master’s courses (One Year) (excluding MBA)
  • PhDs

Please note the Agency does not nominate candidates for:

  • Distance Learning Scholarships to study UK Master’s degree courses in your home country.
  • Academic Fellowships for mid-career academics to spend time at UK universities.
  • Professional Fellowships for mid-career professionals to spend time at a UK host organization.
  • Split-site scholarships.

More information on these awards and other awards available from the Commission are available on the website www.dfid.gov.uk/cscuk.

Important documents to be read before starting the process:

Please do not leave this to the last minute – please start Now!

Swiss Scholarships 2016-2017

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the Academic Year 2016-2017.

PhD Scholarships

The Swiss government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers:

  • University scholarships (Swiss universities, Federal Institutes of Technology, as well as Universities of Applied Sciences)
  • Arts scholarships (schools of music and fine arts, only for a limited number of countries).

These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public funded university or recognised institution.

Before applying, candidates should establish if the Swiss institution will accept them as a student for their respective planned study program or research t at the university concerned. Therefore, they will have to contact the Professor or the Administrator responsible for the PhD Scholarships, Post-doctoral Scholarships or Research Scholarships.  It is essential that a copy of this contact be part of the application file to ensue acceptance of the application.

Please follow the following link for more information http://www.sbfi.admin.ch/themen/01366/01380/02175/index.html?lang=en

Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for South African Students

Apply between October – 12 January each year

Who is eligible?

The scholarships are only intended for students who are required to pay tuition fees according to the information at University Admissions.

There is no age limit for scholarship holders.

A scholarship cannot be granted for a student who:

  • Has already lived in Sweden for two years or more previous to the scholarship period.
  • Has a Swedish or EU/EES-citizenship, permanent residence permit or work permit in Sweden. (Not applicable for Syrian citizens.)
  • Has previously been awarded a Swedish Institute scholarship for master’s level studies or research at a Swedish university/university college.
  • Already holds a degree from a Swedish university/university college.
  • Is currently enrolled in a study programme at a Swedish university/university college.

Please follow the link and apply directly on the website: https://studyinsweden.se/scholarship/swedish-institute-study-scholarships-for-south-african-students/

Planning to study Masters in Chile?

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has advised on the opportunity for suitable lecturers and students to apply for funding for the Chilean Nelson Mandela Scholarship, offered by the Chilean International Cooperation Agency (AGCI).

All lecturers and students who have an undergraduate degree to apply for a  Master’s Scholarship taught in Spanish in the following disciplines:

  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Mining
  • Public Policy Management

Up to six month Spanish language training will be provided prior to commencement of formal studies, if required.

Application forms and additional information is available on the DHET scholarship website:


Please note however, that the DHET does not manage the application process for these scholarships and all application forms and queries must be submitted to the Embassy of Chile in Pretoria.

Application deadline: CLOSED

For inquiries and more information on the scholarship programme kindly contact Ms Magdalena Godoy , email consul@chile.org.za or tel: 012 460 8090


Fulbright South Africa Graduate Studies Program

Deadline for Applications:  CLOSED

Fulbright Presentation Summary 2015

Fulbright instruction online

The Fulbright South Africa Graduate Studies Program will be accepting applications for the 2016-17 U.S. academic year until April 20, 2015.  This program provides South Africans the opportunity to pursue Master’s or Ph.D. degrees at U.S. academic institutions.  South African Ph.D. students can also use this program for a one-year non-degree program to conduct research and/or take courses at a U.S. academic institution.  The program is open to South African residents and permanent residents who have a Bachelor degree and/or Honours for the Master’s programor a Master’s degree for the Doctoral program.  The study grants are competitive and awarded for a period of two years.

Link to the online application http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/postgraduate.html  and  http://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/international/20, please read the applications instructions carefully before completing your application.

French Government Master scholarships 2015/2016 – South Africa and Lesotho

Closing date: CLOSED

The French Government scholarships target exceptional students from South Africa and Lesotho. They are awarded for full-time Master studies in France starting in September 2015 and cover tuition fees, flight tickets, living costs, visa fees and health insurance.

French Embassy Masters 2015 – 2016 Information

French Embassy Masters 2015 – 2016 Application Form

SAFe Think Masters Bursaries Call for Application 2015 – 2016

SAFe Think Master Bursaries Application Form 2015 – 2016

Find out more about the scholarships and the application process here (http://www.ambafrance-rsa.org/-Bursaries-to-study-in-France-)

New scholarships for students from African countries to study Politics and International Relations at the University of Cambridge

Closing date: CLOSED

A new scholarship is offered by the Cambridge Trust in partnership with The David & Elaine Potter Foundation, for study at Cambridge.

The programmes will fully fund three (3) students from any African country – two Master students on the MPhil in International Relations & Politics, and one (1) PhD student whose research is in a field related to governance and human rights.

For further information:  http://www.cghr.polis.cam.ac.uk/studentships

Schlumberger Foundation Call for Applications for the 2015-2016 Faculty for the Future Fellowships

Closing date: CLOSED

The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctorate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide.

For eligibility criteria, please read carefully at : https://www.fftf.slb.com/Summary_Eligibility_Criteria.pdf

Further information: emillon@slb.com

‌Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Closing date: CLOSED (US citizen based in the USA) & 2 December 2014 (all other citizens based in the USA)

These are full-cost scholarships for international students to study any subject at the postgraduate level at the University of Cambridge.

The Scholarships are one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world and the programme was set up by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 by a donation of US$210m.
Since then, 1200 students from 95 countries have been supported. The aim of the programme is to create a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Scholars are selected on the following criteria:

  • outstanding intellectual ability
  • leadership potential
  • a commitment to improving the lives of others
  • a good fit between the applicant’s qualifications and aspirations and the postgraduate programme at Cambridge for which they are applying

Full details about the programme, criteria, how to apply and profiles of our students are available from http://www.gatescambridge.org/apply/

The Call for Applications for the 2015 GreenMatter Fellowship Awards

The GreenMatter Fellowship is designed to connect a community of outstanding champions, leaders and advocates who contribute positively towards managing and maintaining our country’s biodiversity.

Closing date: CLOSED

The Fellowship is unique in that it offers a range of development opportunities and welcomes graduates, young professionals and established leaders from all walks of life. It emphasises camaraderie, community and peer learning, while encouraging individual excellence. Financial support is complemented by networking, mentoring and structured professional development opportunities.

Applications are invited for Postgraduate Support:

Agricultural Extensionists
with biodiversity specialism
molecular biology with a
specialisation in biodiversity conservation
Biosphere Reserve
and Protected Area Managers
(biodiversity collections)
specialists and technicians
Resource Economists with biodiversity related specialism
esp. in marine but also aquatic and terrestrial systems
Human Capital Development:
High level biodiversity education and HCD specialists
ICT specialists and technicians with biodiversity skills
EIA practitionersLawyers
with environmental specialism
Social Ecologists
with environmental/biodiversity specialism (incl civil)
Monitoring Specialists,
species protection and inspectors
Soil Scientists
Social Scientists
specialising in environment,
indigenous biodiversity knowledge
Policy Developers and Analysts,
urban and regional planners with biodiversity insight
Statistical Ecologist & Modellers
TaxonomistsWildlife Veterinarians

GreenMatter has a strong transformation agenda and is looking to support black South African candidates where possible.

All eligible applicants will be also considered for these named awards:

  • The Crossley-UCT Award: for students enrolling at the University of Cape Town to commence PhD studies in 2015. The cash bursary amount is R150 000 per annum.
  • The Crossley-Stellenbosch Award: for students enrolling at Stellenbosch University to commence PhD studies in 2015. The cash bursary amount is R150 000 per annum.
  • The Mapula Award: for students wanting to enrol at Stellenbosch Univeristy to commence PhD studies in 2015. The successful candidate will be based at Stellenbosch University’s Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology with field work focused primarily on the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. The aim is to develop a protocol for assessing the success of a Biosphere Reserve in terms of its various zones and their increasing land use intensity away from the core. The cash bursary amount is R90 000 per annum.

GreenMatter is targeting a range of priority skills areas and is asking applicants to articulate how their work relates to national imperatives.

The GreenMatter Fellowship awards are administered by the Canon Collins Trust.

For more information on the awards, application forms, criteria and guidelines please visit the GreenMatter Fellowship page on the Canon Collins Trust website – http://www.canoncollins.org.uk/greenmatter.html

Applications received late will not be considered. This is a highly competitive process and only a small number of awards are available.

Applications for GreenMatter Fellowship Professional Development and Senior Fellow Awards will open in January 2015 for the year.

For more information about the GreenMatter Fellowship please visit the GreenMatter website – http://www.greenmatter.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=55&Itemid=898

Students from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe ONLY

The Beit Trust offers annually a number of Postgraduate Scholarships abroad for studies or research to graduates who are domiciled in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe (the beneficial area) Scholarships are taken up at a university in the United Kingdom, Ireland or South Africa, for study in a subject of the individual’s choice appropriate to the needs of the beneficial area.

Duration is normally for a maximum of three years at the discretion of Trustees.  In addition, shared awards for a taught Masters Degree are offered at Imperial College London, the University of Leeds (BL); at the University of Reading (BRg); at Rhodes University (BRU) and at Stellenbosch University (BS).

Should you be interested please to the following link and apply directly to The Beit Trust:


Rhodes Scholarships in Southern Africa

Closing date: CLOSED

To apply on-line follow the link below:https://apply.embark.com/scholarship/RhodesTrust

The Scholarship is for full-time study and pays your entire tuition fee.  It also provides you with a comfortable living allowance of not less than £13,390 per year, and pays the cost of transport for you and your necessary belongings to and from Oxford.  There is no additional stipend for Scholars who are married or who have dependants.

There are nine Scholarships available in South Africa each year.

The basic tenure of the Scholarship is two years, subject at all times to satisfactory academic performance and personal conduct.


Eligibility criteria

  • You must have a first degree by the time you start at Oxford, which means that you must be at least in the final year of your first degree when you apply for the Scholarship.
  • You must be a citizen or legal permanent resident of and have resided for at least five years within the period of ten years immediately preceding your application in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia or Swaziland.
  • Unless you are a medical student or medical doctor, you must be at least 19 years and younger than 25 years on 1 October in the year after selection.  This means that 2014 applicants must have been born after 30 September 1990 and on or before 1 October, 1996.
  • For medical students and medical doctors the age limit is extended by two years. The intention is to:
    • Avoid successful medical school applicants having to postpone taking up the Scholarship;
    • Enable applicants to complete their medical internships before going to Oxford and to take up the Scholarship before completing their post-internship medical residency.
  • If you are registered for an MBBCh or an MBChB degree you may apply during your internship, provided that you are younger than 27 on 1 October in the year after selection, i.e. the year you would start at Oxford.
  • The Rhodes Trust and Oxford University require that selection for a Scholarship and for admission to the University will be without regard to marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, sex and gender, religion, sexual orientation, social background, disability, caste or other irrelevant distinction.
  • A selection committee will make no nomination if it is of the opinion that there is no sufficiently qualified candidate.

 For further information about the Rhodes Trust and the Rhodes Scholarships, visit www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk

Fully-Funded Graduate Scholarships at the University of Oxford

Louis Dreyfus – Weidenfeld Scholarship

Closing date: CLOSED for Medical Sciences, Politics and International Relations

Closing date: CLOSED

Scholarships University of Oxford

The Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholarship and Leadership Programme provides outstanding postgraduate students and young professionals with an opportunity to pursue fully-funded graduate studies at the University of Oxford. The scholarship is complemented by a comprehensive programme of leadership skills development.

Please note: Applications need to be made via Oxford’s regular application process. Any application materials sent directly to the Institute for Strategic Dialogue cannot be considered.

For more on how to apply, please go to www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/scholarships

For more on the Scholarships Programme, go to www.strategicdialogue.org or email the Institute for Strategic Dialogue at info@strategicdialogue.org


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