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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

DHET International Scholarships 2018 

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


Patrick & Margaret Flanagan Scholarship 2019

Rhodes University invites candidates to apply for the Patrick & Margaret Flanagan Scholarship for international full-time postgraduate study in 2019.

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 R500 000 per annum for two years.

Deadline: 17 August 2018


Sixth Call of the Repubic 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


Commonwealth Scholarships UK 2018

Commonwealth Scholarships are aimed at individuals who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

Information Letter: CS 2018

Masters Scholarships 2018: Terms and Conditions

PhD Scholarships 2018: Terms and Conditons

Please note an important change to this year’s application process:

  • The Commission has informed us that they are expecting ALL candidates to apply direct to Universities South Africa (USAf) without applying via the University – its now a direct process no longer involving the Universities.
  • Another important change this year is that every applicant will be required to sign a declaration that they do not have access to sufficient funds to study in the UK. No candidate with the independent means to study in the UK would be nominated to the CSC.

Information is also available on the USAf website www.usaf.ac.za

The closing date for all electronic applications is 22 February and submission of a hard copy to the USAf Office 27 February 2018.


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.


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: 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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