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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.



HUNGARY: Stipendium Hungaricum for South Africa 2020

  • Programme outline

    The Hungarian Government is offering 100 scholarships to South African students to study at participating
    public university in Hungary. All courses available for South Africans are taught in English, however all
    Bachelor's and Master's students will be required to pass a course in Hungarian as a foreign language.

    (Open)


CHINA: Chinese Government Scholarship 2020

  • Program Outline

    The Chinese Government is offering scholarships for South African students to study at Chinese institutions
    starting in the 2020/21 academic year. The Department of Higher Education and Training (the
    Department) is responsible for nominations. For more information about the Chinese Government
    scholarship please visit the China Scholarship Council website .


    There are also two additional scholarships offered by the China University of Geosciences, kindly follow
    this link to see the list of eligible programmes taught in English


    The scholarship is offered for undergraduate (Bachelors) studies 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).

    289 Chinese universities are eligible to host scholarship recipients. The Department has identified possible
    universities for you to apply to, click here to get list of universities. Applicants are also allowed to apply to
    other eligible universities outside this list.

    (Open)

SWEDEN: Swedish Institute Master's Scholarship

  • Programme outline

    The Swedish Institute Scholarships for South Africa (SISSA) is offering scholarships for South Africans to
    undertake Master's degrees at Swedish universities from September 2020. The scholarship is aimed at
    developing global leaders who will contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    In order to apply for the scholarship, applicants must have applied to a Swedish university through the
    central application system at: https://www.universityadmissions.se/intl/start, where an application fee is charged.

    Application for university admissions in Sweden is now open and will close on 15 January 2020. For more
    information visit: www.studyinsweden.se and www.universityadmissions.se

    The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is offering support, including advice and
    payment of the Swedish university application fee, to up to 15 potential scholarship applicants. Only those
    who have applied for admittance to a Swedish university AND commit to applying for the Swedish Institute
    Scholarship for South Africa are eligible. Selection will be done based on meeting the university entrance
    requirements, academic excellence, the criteria of the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship, individual need,
    and alignment with South African government priorities.

    (Open)

SWITZERLAND: Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for foreign students 2020/2021


  • Through the Swiss Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students, the Swiss Government
    grants foreign researchers and postgraduate students scholarships to pursue studies at Swiss higher
    education institutions. The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are intended for highly motivated
    and competitive young researchers who have completed a Master's degree or PhD. The scholarships will
    enable scholarship holders to undertake research in the fields in which the Swiss universities are
    particularly active.

    (Open)