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?


List of international scholarships compiled by the DHET for funding opportunities for International study

Website: http://www.internationalscholarships.dhet.gov.za/


Patrick & Margaret Flanagan Scholarship 2022

Rhodes University invites candidates to apply for the Patrick & Margaret Flanagan Scholarship for international full-time postgraduate study in 2022.

Eligibility: South African woman 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 R600 000 per annum for two years.

Deadline: 30 September 2021


Kader Asmal Fellowship

The Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme is a fully-funded scholarship opportunity for study at any of over 1000 institutions of higher learning in Ireland. This is an opportunity for those who want to develop skills and knowledge to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in South Africa.

Fellowships are offered for postgraduate study in:

  • Agriculture, Environmental Science, Conservation, Rural Development.
  • Food Science, Food Engineering and related.
  • Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Health, Medicine and Health Economics.
  • Development Studies, Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution and Humanitarian Action.
  • Social Policy, Social Research, Community Development and Sociology.
  • Law, Human Rights, Women's Studies, Gender Studies, Equality Studies.
  • Engineering, Hydrology, Sustainable Technology.
  • Economics, Finance, Accounting, Management and Business.
  • Information Systems and Communications Technology.

Applicants must:

  • Be a resident national of South Africa.
  • Have at least two years relevant work experience (can include internships and volunteering).
  • Hold an honours level academic qualification with a minimum grade point average of 75%.
  • Be seeking funding for a full-time postgraduate programme for the academic year 2021/2022.
  • Must not have applied for the Fellowship on more than one previous occasion.
  • Applicants already in possession of a Masters degree are not eligible.

What the Fellowship offers

  • 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 and a monthly personal living allowance (stipend)
  • the costs of an entry clearance (student visitor visa) application

How to apply


The application deadline is 31 August.

Email for information scholarships@canoncollins.org.uk


Abe Bailey Travel Bursary 2020

In these unprecedented times, the Trustees of the Abe Bailey Trust met to discuss the future of the 2020 Travel Bursary.  After careful consideration of several factors, the Trustees have decided to cancel the 2020 Travel Bursary.

Objectives of the Travel Bursary 2020

Conditions of Award 2020

Abe Bailey Trust - 2019 Provisional Programme


Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2020-2021

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.

Full details at:  https://www.sbfi.admin.ch/sbfi/en/home/education/scholarships-and-grants/swiss-government-excellence-scholarships.html

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. This scholarship is available to students from a limited number of countries only.

Submission deadline: 15 December 2019

The FCS will select scholarship holders for the 2020-21 academic year by the end of May 2020. Scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year will be advertised online from August 2020.


Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships UK 2020

Commonwealth Scholarships are aimed at individuals who could not otherwise afford to study for a Master’s in the UK.

Full details available at:  http://www.internationalscholarships.dhet.gov.za/UNITEDKINGDOMCommonwealthScholarship20202021.html

Closing date: 30 October 2019 for the Electronic Application System (EAS).  


Chevening Scholarships

We are pleased to inform you that the Chevening Scholarships are currently open for applications.

Chevening is the United Kingdom (UK) Government's global awards programme aimed at developing future leaders and influencers by offering fully-funded scholarships and fellowships to study in the UK.

Potential candidates must already have:

  • Have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate programme at a UK university by the time you submit your application. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK.
  • Two (2) years work (paid or unpaid) experience and have demonstrated leadership skills in their field.
  • Applied for three courses at UK universities.

The closing date for applications is 5 November 2019.

For further information and to apply please go to  www.chevening.org


https://www.chevening.org/scholarships/ and ensure you read eligibility and criteria before you commence the application.


Mandela Washington Fellowship

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Since 2014, nearly 4,400 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa have participated in the Fellowship. The Fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, are accomplished leaders and have established records of promoting innovation and positive impact in their communities and countries. The Mandela Washington Fellowship will bring up to 700 young leaders to the United States in the summer of 2020 for a comprehensive executive-style program that is designed to build skills and empower Fellows to lead in their respective sectors and communities.

Applications open September 12, 2019 and close October 9, 2019.

Fellowship Components
Leadership Institutes : Fellows participate in a Common Leadership Curriculum exercise.

Each year, the Fellows participate in six-week Leadership Institutes, studying Business, Civic Engagement, or Public Management at U.S. colleges or universities.  During their time on campus, Fellows connect with Americans and enrich local U.S. communities while sharing best practices.

Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit : After the Institutes, Fellows convene for a multi-day Summit in Washington, D.C., where they forge connections with one another and U.S. leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors, setting the stage for long-term engagement between the United States and Africa.

Professional Development Experiences (PDEs): Following the Summit, a group of competitively-selected Fellows remains in the United States for four weeks to work with private, public, and non-profit organizations. Both Fellows and Hosts benefit from discussing shared issues and challenges in their sectors, broadening their perspectives, and positioning U.S. organizations for international engagement.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in business, civic engagement, or public service;
  • A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;
  • The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and to respect the opinions of others;
  • Strong social and communication skills;
  • An energetic, positive attitude;
  • A demonstrated knowledge of, interest in, and professional experience in the preferred sector/track; and
  • A commitment to return to Africa and apply leadership skills and training to benefit the applicant’s country and/or community after they return home.


  • Are citizens of and residents in a sub-Saharan African country;
  • Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission;
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States;
  • Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa;
  • Are not employees or immediate family members of employees of the U.S. Government;
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English; and
  • Are not Alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Additional information and the online application can be found at: mwfellows.info/apply


The Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africa

Outstanding young graduates, from across Southern Africa, who excel academically; demonstrate leadership skills; are committed to making a difference in the broader community, both locally and internationally; and have the energy to fulfil their ambitions, are invited to submit their applications for Rhodes Scholarships.

Online applications OPEN on 01 June and CLOSE on 15 August annually.

Information for Applicants - Rhodes Scholarships in Southern Africa

Rhodes Scholarships in Southern Africa - Brochure

Please visit the website for detailed information on selection criteria and the application process: www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/apply


Call for Applications

NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships for Full-time Studies in 2020

*Only for students that have successfully completed their Masters degree, kindly circulate to anyone who may be interested*

Closing Date: 20 May 2019

The DST and NRF are pleased to announce a call for applications for Honours/BTech, Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for Full-time Studies in 2020.

In the process of reducing the high volume of applications received yearly, duplication of applications into different programmes and increasing the turnaround time of informing successful applicants, NRF - Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships in one framework document

The NRF Nuffic Doctoral scholarships are open to South African citizens and permanent residents.

  • Applicants may not hold this scholarship concurrently with any other NRF or South African/Netherlands government scholarship;
  • Provide a Master’s degree certificate or an official document from the university certifying that all requirements for the Master’s degree have been met and that they will be graduating;
  • Be intending to pursue full-time doctoral studies; and
  • Not hold full-time salaried employment during the tenure of the award.

Scholarships are intended to support Doctoral candidates to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities, including Priority Research Areas.

Applicants must apply on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za and follow the application process set out in the attached Framework documents and Application and Funding Guides.


Postgraduate Scholarships in Spanish & Portuguese Universities


Fulbright Foreign Student Progam

2020 - 2021 Call for Applications

THE FULBRIGHT FOREIGN STUDENT PROGRAM provides grants for South African university graduates to pursue a Master’s or Doctoral degree at a United States university in any subject (excludes studies that require contact with patients).  Grants are awarded for two years towards one degree – Master’s or Doctorate (renewable each year).  Students are selected through a rigorous application and interview process and receive a high level of support ranging from visa processing and health insurance to a comprehensive pre-departure Orientation and re-entry session. Applications are open for 2020-2021 academic year and close April 19, 2019.


  • Be a SA citizen (Non-SA citizens are required to apply in their country of citizenship, even if they are resident in SA)
  • Have a four-year bachelors degree, a three-year bachelors degree plus honors year, or a four-year B-Tech degree when applying for Masters
  • Have a Master’s degree when applying for a Doctoral degree
  • For Non-Degree studies: Must be registered for PhD with a South African university

What do we look for in our applicants?

  • Academic excellence
  • Required scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for each specific field of study
  • Clearly written study objectives
  • Demonstrable ambassadorial skills with evidence of cultural sensitivity and a genuine desire to learn more about the United States and share with American citizens aspects of South African culture,
  • Experience and interest in extracurricular and community activities,
  • Evidence of ambition and leadership potential, and
  • A desire to further the Fulbright Program and give back to your home country upon returning.

The Selection Committee and the Interview Panel will also be looking for clear reasons for selecting your US university preferences. The Fulbright Awards Program expects candidates to conduct a thorough university search and to identify institutions which are a strong fit for their academic, personal and professional goals.                                                      

For more information: https://za.usembassy.gov/fulbright

Apply online: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2020


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