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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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SWEDEN: Swedish Institute Master's Scholarship

  • Programme outline
    The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) for South Africa are being offered for South Africans to undertake Master's degrees at Swedish universities from September 2018. In order to apply for the scholarship, applicants must have applied to a Swedish university through the central application system, where an application fee is charged. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is offering support, including advice and payment of the Swedish university application fee to a limited number of potential scholarship applicants. Only those who will apply for admittance to a Swedish university AND for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship are eligible. The DHET will support up to 15 applicants with their university application fees. Selection will be done based on applicants meeting the minimum university entrance requirements, the criteria of the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship, individual need, academic merit and alignment with South African government priorities. A Swedish university application must be submitted online AND the DHET application form with all required supporting documents must be e-mailed to us by 15 January 2018.
    (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)