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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


Pasteur Paris University International Doctoral Program 2018

We are delighted to inform you that the new call is now open for the Pasteur - Paris University International Doctoral program, for students beginning in October 2018.

This doctoral program began in 2009 in the vibrant research environment of the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, and has grown in each succeeding year. For details, see: www.pasteur.fr/en/education/ppu

The current list of projects and laboratories is available on our website: www.pasteur.fr/en/education/ppu    “Current Call”

The deadline for candidates to contact laboratories of interest is November 2, and the deadline for the application (to be prepared together with the laboratory) is November 13, 2017. See the above website for the application procedure.

This doctoral program is for students who have obtained or will obtain a Master degree (or equivalent) in the life sciences from a non-French University.

All students accepted into the program will receive a salary for living expenses, health insurance and paid tuition. The program is run in English and knowledge of French is not required. Eligibility criteria are listed on the website (see “Application information” and "FAQ").

If you know some talented undergraduates with a strong passion for science who may be interested in this outstanding opportunity to do a PhD, please give them the attached flyer. We would appreciate it if you would display the flyer at your institutional bulletin board and forward this mail to other colleagues.

For further information, please write to phd@pasteur.fr


Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2018-2019

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or PhD and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.

Swiss Government PhD Scholarships 2018-2019

Swiss Government Postdoctoral Scholarships 2018-2019

Types of scholarship

  • The research scholarship is available to post-graduate researchers in any discipline (who hold a master’s degree as a minimum) who are planning to come to Switzerland to pursue research or further studies at doctoral or post-doctoral level.
    Research scholarships are awarded for research or study at all Swiss cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and the two federal institutes of technology. Only candidates nominated by an academic mentor at one of these higher education institutions will be considered.
  • Art scholarships are open to art students wishing to pursue an initial master’s degree in Switzerland.
    Art scholarships are awarded for study at any Swiss conservatory or university of the arts. Only those who have already been awarded a place to study may apply. This scholarship is available to students from a limited number of countries only.

Selection criteria

  • The FCS assesses scholarship applications according to three criteria:
  • a) Candidate profile
    b) Quality of the research project or artistic work
    c) Synergies and potential for future research cooperation
  • The FCS will select scholarship holders for the 2018–19 academic year by the end of May 2018. Scholarships for the 2019–20 academic year will be advertised online from August 2018.

Check the application deadline and the different types of scholarship on offer. These vary according to country. You will also find details of what to do next and where to get more information.


The 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders application is now open! 

Mandela Washington Fellowship Recruitment Flyer

We are looking for demonstrated leaders between the ages of 25-35 years old, who are doing innovative work in the areas of Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership or Public Management to apply for this year’s Mandela Washington Fellowship.  Finalists will spend six weeks in the U.S.  July-August 2018 at different U.S. universities exploring issues of leadership in the above areas along with 700 of their peers from all over sub-Saharan Africa.  Join a continent-wide and global alumni network to help you seek innovative solutions to common challenges.

Applications are due by October 11 2017. Learn more about the fellowship here: https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/apply/


Call for Applications

2018 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Civic Engagement for Student Leaders

Deadline for Applications: October 4 2017

2018 SUSI Application Form

The Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy invites you to nominate eligible students to apply for the 2018 Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Civic Engagement for Student Leaders.  Participants will include student leaders interested in civic engagement from student leaders from Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.  This is a very competitive process and those students who are shortlisted based on their application and recommendation will be interviewed by members of the U.S. Mission in South Africa. Applicants must be second- or third-year university students.  The program is focused on civic engagement, so successful applicants are those who can demonstrate how they are already making a difference in their communities.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are intensive academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.  Institutes include a four-week academic residency and a one-week study tour to a different part of the United States.  Leadership sessions and community service activities, as well as getting to know Americans, are also integral components of the Institutes.  Participants are expected to fully participate in all aspects of the program. 

The SUSI for Student Leaders will focus on democracy, citizenship, and civic activism.  The four-week academic residency will provide students with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and groups.  The program will define civic engagement, examine its development in the U.S., and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism.  Other topics such as civil rights, entrepreneurship, ethics, leadership, and media will be discussed.  Students will also have the opportunity to leave the classroom to meet with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and representatives of nonprofit organizations.  The academic residency will be complemented by an educational tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S. where they will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field.  The Institute will then conclude with a visit to Washington, D.C. 

The U.S. Government will cover all participant costs, including domestic travel and ground transportation, housing and subsistence.  Housing will be in university dorms.  Participants may be expected to share a room and bathroom with another student of the same gender.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own. 

Completed application forms from applicants in the Western, Northern or Eastern Capes should be sent to the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Consulate in Cape Town by October 4, 2017 and should be addressed to Kim Williams (PublicAffairsCPT@state.gov).  Ms. Williams can be reached at 021-702-7392 with further questions.


Patrick & Margaret Flanagan Scholarship 2018

Rhodes University invites candidates to apply for the Patrick & Margaret Flanagan Scholarship for international full-time postgraduate study in 2018.

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


Abe Bailey Travel Bursary 2017

This is an opportunity for a study tour to the UK 21 November - 16 December 2017.

PLEASE DO NOT APPLYif 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 22 May 2017 (morning / afternoon), those  shortlisted for interview will be emailed of the date and time closer to the day.

Please do not apply if you have other commitments on the day of the interview. 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:

  • A personal letter of motivation as to why you are applying for the travel bursary.
  • A current CV.
  • 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.
  • Copies of ID, matric cert, full University academic records (undergraduate and postgraduate (where relevant).
  • Copies of school & university merit/achievement certificates (limited to 5)
  • Details of leadership roles and community service within the community, at school and at university.

RHODES CLOSING DATE: 24 April 2017 - no late apps accepted after 12:30 on the 25 April 2017


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.


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