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/


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


Patrick & Margaret Flanagan Scholarship 2020

Rhodes University invites candidates to apply for the Patrick & Margaret Flanagan Scholarship for international full-time postgraduate study in 2020.

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 R550 000 per annum for two years.

Deadline: 23 August 2019


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


Sixth Call of the Republic of Chile-Nelson Mandela Scholarships

Call for applications: 2019

Please read the criteria carefully before applying to ensure your eligibility.

For the academic year 2019, the Chilean Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AGCID) offers scholarships to perform accredited Master Degree studies in Chilean Universities or other higher education institutions. These scholarships are offered to professionals who are citizens of South Africa, Mozambique, and Angola.

AGCID’s Horizontal Cooperation Scholarship Program began in 1993 and, to date, more than 1,000 Latin American and Caribbean professionals have completed post-graduate programs in various fields of specialization offered by Chilean universities or higher education institutions, and, as of the year 2015, the Scholarship Program has been extended to citizens of South Africa, Mozambique, and Angola.

Scholarships may only be granted to participate in the Master's degree studies referred to in Annex 1 of this Call for applications, with start dates for the second semester of 2019 or the first semester of 2020.

Applications to the areas of ASTRONOMY, AGRICULTURE, ENERGY, PUBLIC POLICY MANAGEMENT, HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT, AND MINING, among others, that appear on the List of Masters programs contained in Annex 1 attached to this Call for Applications. 

NOTE: The selected scholarship recipients must have Spanish language proficiency certification, since the courses indicated and imparted in Chile are only taught in Spanish.


Overseas Study Scholarship for Masters/PhD in UK: Cecil Renaud Overseas Scholarship

The Cecil Renaud Overseas Scholarship, established in 1994, is a full scholarship granted annually to one or two students for postgraduate study in the United Kingdom in the field of their choice.



  • have attended major part of secondary school in KZN, South Africa
  • be under the age of 27 years old at time of applying
  • be studying or have completed an honours degree or four-year undergraduate degree in South Africa


  • Academic excellence
  • Evidence of focus, commitment, stamina and leadership
  • Will leave big footprints

Eligible students can apply on the website: www.cecilrenaudscholarship.org.za by the 31st of October for study in the following year.


Dorothy Nicol Scholarship


 The Dorothy Nicol Scholarship was established in 2012 by Professor Douglas Brodie in memory of his mother.  He and his partner, Lilian Haire, are supporters of the Aspire to Africa Foundation.

The Dorothy Nicol Scholarship is generously funded to offer £15,250 meeting the overseas tuition fee and will be awarded to a student from Sub-Saharan Africa joining any Masters course within the Management school in September 2018.

Number of awards: 1

Value: £15,250

Deadline: CLOSED

Availability: This Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and the strength of the personal statement.  Applicants must be from Sub-Saharan Africa and hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) of a place on any of the full-time Masters programmes offered by the Management School for entry in September 2018.  Those applicants applying for the MBA must also have at least three years work experience.

How to apply: Complete the Scholarship Form <https://www.stir.ac.uk/media/schools/management/documents/scholarships/1718254_scholarship%20applicationEDITABLE_.pdf>, ensuring that all sections are answered legibly, and provide a statement of at least 500 words on why a scholarship would help you, and what your career or educational aims are for the five year period after you graduate.

For Scholarship enquiries please contact: SMSScholarships@stir.ac.uk<mailto:SMSScholarships@stir.ac.uk>


Abe Bailey Travel Bursary 2018

This is an opportunity for a study tour to the UK 26th Nov 2018 – 22nd Dec 2018.

Tour Programme


Conditions of Award

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 2018 (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!

Docs 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: 2 May 2018 - no late applications will be accepted


2018 FirstRand International Postgraduate Scholarships

Lauritz “Laurie” Dippenaar co-founded FirstRand Limited, along with GT Ferreira in 1977, a financial service provider organisation in South Africa. A self-made millionaire banker; investor and businessman, Dippenaar is now the former CEO of the FirstRand financial Group and currently serves the organisation in a non-executive capacity. He is also the Chairman of OUTsurance, Momentum and Discovery and is a qualified Chartered Accounted. Dippenaar has set up a scholarship programme to help students through their tertiary education.

This bursary programme is for international postgraduate study to a maximum value of R800 000 per annum, for a maximum duration of 2 years. The bursary recipient will be required to return to South Africa on completion of their studies, for a minimum duration of 5 years.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

  • South African citizen,
  • Studying towards a postgraduate degree,
  • Studying outside of South Africa at any internationally recognised university,
  • Have NOT studied outside of the country before,
  • Conditionally accepted by your university of choice,
  • Excellent academic record.

* Preference will be given to applicants under 35 years old.

The bursary will be awarded based on the following 4 factors: academic excellence, ability to be a destiny change, leadership qualities and community involvement.

Apply online at: https://bursaries.firstrand.co.za/ 

The following documents must be uploaded with your online application:

  • Copy of your ID document
  • Photo of face
  • Copy of your Matric results
  • Minimum of 2 references (people whom you have worked under in an academic setting or in another area of interest). Confidential references can be emailed from the referee to: firstrandpgscholarship@firstrand.co.za and clearly marked with your name (or can accompany your application form).
  • A personal statement explaining why you deserve to be awarded this scholarship (max. 1 000 words)


For any bursary queries, please contact:Beth van Heerden - email: firstrandpgscholarship@firstrand.co.za


Bradlow Foundation Overseas Scholarship

Over the past three decades the Bradlow Foundation has provided scholarships to St. John’s College, Cambridge for PhD studies.  The Foundation is at the moment on the lookout for postgraduate students of academic excellence (in any field of study) who display sound social awareness for the award of such scholarships.

The scholarship is for PhD studies only and is renewable for three years subject to satisfactory progress being made by the student in question.  The scholarship covers air travel to and from London at the inception and completion of the studies, university and college fees, accommodation and some pocket money.

In order to qualify for this scholarship, candidates must first gain admission to St. John’s College, Cambridge, whereafter the Bradlow Foundation will consider whether or not the scholarship will be awarded.  The Foundation normally decides in June of a particular year whether to award the scholarship for the academic year starting in October of that year.

It would accordingly be appreciated if you would circulate this letter to heads of academic departments so that potentially suitable candidates may be encouraged to apply to St. John’s College, Cambridge for admission as PhD students with a view to qualifying for consideration for the scholarship.

Queries: vorsterj@law.co.za or Tel: (012) 452 8737


Kader Asmal Fellowship

The Embassy of Ireland in South Africa in partnership with Canon Collins Trust invites applications for scholarships for postgraduate study in Ireland commencing in September 2018.

Closing date: CLOSED

The fellowship programme has two strands: 

A) 13 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 Security and Applied Sciences

3. Public Administration

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

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

B) 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 guidelinescarefully before applying.

Applicants must:

  • be a South African citizen 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
  • Not have already applied for a course at an institution in Ireland - if you have already been admitted to a university you are not eligible

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 now open for applications. You can access the online application form through the link below. 

Click here to apply for the Kader Asmal Fellowship for Postgraduate study in Ireland in 2018-2019. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 20 February 2018.


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.


Call for Applications

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

Deadline for Applications: CLOSED

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.


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