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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.

JAPAN: ABE Initiative and SDGs Global Leadership Programme 2020

  • Programme outline

    "This programme aims at fostering excellent personnel who can contribute to Africa's industrial development in partnership with the Japanese private sector by strengthening economic ties between the two countries, while acquiring individual professional skills and knowledge."

    At the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) held in Yokohama in 2013,the Japanese Government stated its policy of strengthening support for the on-going dynamic growth of Africa with stronger public-private partnerships.

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo ABE announced the "ABE Initiative" or "African Business Education Initiative for Youth", a strategic five-year plan providing 1,000 youths in Africa with opportunities to study at Japanese universities as well as do internships at Japanese enterprises to foster Africa's sustainable and sound industrial development. ABE Initiative Master's and Internship Program in South Africa forms the main part of the Initiative.

    From 2020, the SDGs Global Leadership Programme is also available for government officials and academics


UNITED KINGDOM: Commonwealth Scholarship 2020/2021

  • Programme outline

    The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most prestigious
    international scholarship schemes in the world. The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the
    United Kingdom (CSC-UK) awards over 800 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and
    professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year.

    The CSC aims to contribute to the UK's international development aims and wider overseas interests,
    support excellence in UK higher education, and sustain the principles of the Commonwealth. Candidates
    are selected on the basis of merit and their potential to contribute to the needs of their home countries.

    The Department of Higher Education and Training (the Department) is the Nominating Agency for South
    African citizens who wish to apply for the Commonwealth Scholarship for Candidates from Low and
    Middle Income Commonwealth Countries tenable in the UK for the academic year 2020/21. Final selection
    of candidates and host institutions will be made by the CSC-UK based on the nominations.


UNITED KINGDOM: Chevening Scholarship 2020/2021

  • Programme outline

    Chevening is the United Kingdom (UK) Government's international awards scheme aimed at developing
    global leaders. The scheme is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner
    organisations, and offers Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships. Chevening scholarships are
    awarded to outstanding professionals from South Africa and beyond to pursue a one-year Master's degree
    in any subject at any UK university. Its recipients are personally selected by British Embassies and High
    Commissions throughout the world.


NETHERLANDS: Orange Knowledge Programme

  • The Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) is a scholarship available for mid-career professionals in 53
    countries including South Africa. The programme offers scholarships, training and institutional
    partnerships between education institutions in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
    and higher education, in the following themes:

  • Food and nutrition security
  • Water, energy and climate
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Security and the rule of law
  • More information will be available soon at: