The calls for applications for some scholarships may not be open right now but it's a good idea to plan your scholarship applications well in advance. This can involve preparing your academic records, research proposal, discussing your application plans with your family and academic supervisors, getting reference letters and doing some research on possible institutions, courses and the countries you are interested in.

All scholarships receive a large number of applications, meaning that only the strongest candidates will be awarded the scholarships, so you should submit your best application possible. Applicants must meet similar or even higher entry criteria as required to get into a similar programme at a South African university. A strong academic record is important, but so is a clear motivation for your application, goals for your future career and a commitment to social and economic development in South Africa.

Each scholarship has different application dates, criteria and eligibility. Be sure to read the information documents carefully when they do become available!

No applications for medical degrees are accepted at present for any international scholarship programmes offered in partnership with the DHET.


CHINA (language, Bachelor's, Master's, PhD)

The Chinese Government Scholarship for South African students is offered annually and is implemented jointly by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Scholarships are available in any field of study, but priority fields will be identified in the call for applications and postgraduate applicants will be given preference.

Applications can be submitted for non-degree Chinese language studies, Bachelor's, Master's and PhD studies. Scholarship recipients at Bachelor's level are ONLY taught in Chinese and applicants must have the required level of Chinese (minimum of HSK4). This applies even where English language programmes are available. If you want to do a Bachelor's degree in China, you can apply to do non-degree Chinese language training, but you will have to apply for the scholarship again once you are ready to start your Bachelor's degree.

The academic year starts in September and the application period is normally from the previous January until early March each year. Scholarship applicants are required to apply to a Chinese university directly, in addition to submitting a scholarship application.

This scholarship is expected to be offered annually. Closing dates are subject to change each year. The full details on how to apply, eligibility and criteria will be available when the call is open for applications. Please sign up to our contact list to be alerted when new opportunities become available.


HUNGARY (Bachelor's, Master's, PhD)

An agreement has been signed between the Governments of South Africa and Hungary, offering 100 scholarships per year between 2017 and 2019, to South African students for study at participating public university in Hungary.

Scholarships are offered for:

Bachelors (30): natural sciences and sustainable environment, engineering and information technology, agricultural science and food science.

Masters (60): Natural Sciences (especially Biotechnology, Bioenergetics and Renewable Energy); Engineering (especially Mining Engineering, Information Technology); Economics, Business and Management Studies and Tourism; Agricultural Science and Food Science; Physical Education and Coaching, Adult Education, and Human Resources Development; International Relations and European Studies; and Hungarian Language Studies.

PhD (10): All fields of study.

Applications for the academic year beginning in September 2018 are now open, until midday on 16 February 2018. Applicants are not required to apply separately to a Hungarian university, as this will be done as part of the selection process.

If you are not ready to go to Hungary in September 2018, or you miss the deadline for applications, there will be another 100 scholarships available in 2019.


IRELAND (Master's)

The Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme offers about 12 scholarships annually for a one-year Master's degree in Ireland.

"This fellowship was set up in 2012 in honour of the late Professor Kader Asmal, who taught law at Trinity College Dublin for 27 years, specialising in human rights, labour, and international law. He co-founded the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement in 1963 and served as Chair until his return to South Africa in 1990. He was part of the ANC team that negotiated the transition to democracy. In 1994, he became Minister for Water Affairs and Forestry in the first ANC Government after the advent of democracy and served as Minister for Education from 1999 to 2004. He died in June 2011."

Scholarships are available for studies in the following fields:

Business Management ( Economics, Accounting, and Human Resource Management, Management and Business); Agriculture, Food Science and Nutrition (Agriculture, Climate Change, Rural Development and Sustainability); Public Administration (Economics, Accounting, Human Resource Management, Public Health, Health Economics and Health Engineering).

Applications for the academic year beginning in September 2018 are open until 20 February 2018. After the scholarship selection process, successful candidates will be assisted with an application to an Irish university.

This scholarship will also be available in 2019.


SWEDEN (Master's)

The Swedish Government is offering ten scholarships per year until 2021 to talented and ambitious South African students who wish to pursue their Master's degree at a university in Sweden. The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) is open to highly qualified students who are citizens of South Africa.

The programme offers an opportunity for aspiring future leaders to develop professionally and academically, to experience the culture in Sweden, and build a long-lasting relationship with Sweden.

Priority will be given to students who have chosen programmes that focus on: business, democracy, environment and sustainability, gender studies, human rights, information and communication technologies, law and social studies. For general guidelines on studies in Sweden, please visit

Applications to Swedish universities for the 2018 academic close on 15 January 2018. Only those who have applied for a Swedish university can apply for a scholarship.

We expect this scholarship to be offered annually until 2021.



We may also advertise other scholarships that are offered during the course of the year. Keep an eye out for opportunities in Mauritius, Algeria, Sri Lanka, India, the UK, the US, Chile, Italy and Japan. Actual offers may vary from year-to-year.


Closing dates and priority fields are subject to change from year-to-year. The full details on how to apply, eligibility and criteria will only be available when the call is opened for applications. Please sign up to our contact list to be alerted when new opportunities become available and return to our website regularly for more details.

The above information is provided to give guidance on the possible scholarships that may become available. Both the DHET and the agency or government offering the scholarship may change any or all of the information provided above without notice. The right not to offer any of the above scholarships in future is reserved.