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There are a number of scholarship opportunities currently available for South African students to undertake studies, research and exchanges in other countries. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) coordinates several such scholarships, while others are managed by other international, national and provincial departments or government agencies.

Scholarships are for South African citizens and require a commitment to return to South African upon completion of studies.

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IRELAND: Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme 2018

  • Programme outline

    The Embassy of Ireland in South Africa in partnership with the Department of Higher Education and Training and the Canon Collins Trust invites applications for scholarships for one-year Master's degree study in Ireland commencing in September 2018.

    "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."

    (Open)


CHINA: Chinese Government Scholarship 2018


  • Programme outline

    The Chinese Government is offering scholarships for South African students to study at Chinese institutions starting in the 2018/19 academic year. The Department of Higher Education and Training is responsible for nominations. The scholarship may be awarded for undergraduate (Bachelors) in the identified scarce skills, postgraduate (Masters or PhD) or non-degree Chinese language studies. Bachelor's degree scholarships are taught in Chinese and will only be awarded to applicants who already have the required level of Chinese proficiency (HSK 4 or above). Preference is given to applications for postgraduate studies.

    (Open)

HUNGARY: Stipendium Hungaricum for South Africa


  • Programme outline

    The Hungarian Government is offering 100 scholarships to South African students to study at participating public university in Hungary. Most of the available courses are taught in English.

    (Open)

RUSSIA: Scholarships for South African Students 2018

  • Programme outline

    The scholarship may be awarded for undergraduate (Bachelors) in the identified scarce skills or postgraduate (Masters or PhD). Most programmes are taught in the Russian language and applicants with no command of Russian are required to take the language preparatory course for one year before pursuing major studies. Only after passing the examinations of the college preparatory course can they start their degree studies. The Department of Higher Education and Training is responsible for nominations for this scholarship.

    (Open)