The Chinese Government is offering scholarships for South African students to study at Chinese institutions
starting in the 2019/20 academic year. The Department of Higher Education and Training is responsible
for nominations.


The scholarship is offered 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 5 or above). Preference is given to applications for postgraduate studies.

Criteria and Eligibility

-    South African citizens in good health (medical check will be required for successful applicants);;
-    Strong academic record with a minimum 65% average in previous studies;
-    Availability to study in China from September 2019;
-    Demonstrated interest in China and commitment to the development of South Africa;
-    Applications in all fields of study except medicine will be considered;
-    Preference will be given to postgraduate applicants, previously disadvantaged applicants and
     applications in the following fields:
    -   Agriculture
    -   Biotechnology
    -   Chinese language studies
    -   Environment and Climate change
    -   Engineering sciences
    -   Maritime Studies
    -   Natural and physical sciences
    -   Nuclear and renewable energy
    -   Space science and technology
    -   Statistics
    -   Telecommunication
- Applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for entry into a similar programme at a
South African university.
- Bachelor's applicants must have HSK 5 certificate and be willing to study in Chinese.

Education requirements and age limits:

STUDY PROGRAM

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

AGE (AS OF SEPTEMBER 2019)

Chinese language studies (non-degree)

National Senior Certificate (or equivalent) with a university entrance pass (a minimum of 70% average is recommended)

Under 35

Doctoral degree

Master’s degree (a minimum of 65% average is recommended)

Under 40

Master’s degree

Bachelor’s degree (honours) (a minimum of 65% average is recommended)

Under 35

Bachelor’s degree

National Senior Certificate (or equivalent) with a university entrance pass (a minimum of 70% average is recommended)
HSK 5 (or higher ) certificate

Under 25

 

Language of Instruction

According to the regulations of the Chinese Ministry of Education, all undergraduate programmes for
scholarship students are taught through the Chinese language medium. No exceptions will be made for
students already in China studying in English.
Bachelor's degree applicants interested in pursuing a
Bachelor's degree must have HSK Level 5 or higher.

Applicants wishing to undertake a Bachelor's degree in China, without the required Chinese language
proficiency should apply for Chinese Language Studies only, not for the degree. They will be required to
apply for the scholarship again for their degree studies upon successful completion of the language
programme. Being awarded a scholarship for language studies does not guarantee that a degree
scholarship will be available or awarded the following year.

At Master's and PhD level, programmes taught in English are eligible for the scholarship. Applicants
must identify the relevant institution and programme and submit an application to the university directly,
in parallel with the scholarship application.

Institutions and Programmes

Scholarship applicants are required to apply directly to the institution of their choice prior to applying for
the scholarship. Evidence of the submitted application must be provided.

It is the responsibility of each candidate to do research into available programmes, institutions,
language of instruction and programme-specific entrance criteria. The programmes and institutions in
China are listed here: Universities in China

Approximate duration (years) of scholarships

STUDY PROGRAM

DURATION OF PROGRAM

DURATION OF PREPARATORY CHINESE LANGUAGE COURSE

DURATION OF SCHOLARSHIP

Chinese language studies

1-2

None

Up to 2

Doctoral degree

3-4

1-2

3-6

Master’s degree

2-3

1-2

2-5

Bachelor’s degree

4-5

1-2

4-7

 

Studies must be completed within the duration of the scholarship, as specified in the Admission Notice.

Scholarship Conditions

The Chinese Government provides the following:

STUDY PROGRAM

Tuition (RMB per year)*

Accommodation (RMB per year)

Stipend (RMB per year)

Medical Insurance (RMB per year)

Chinese language studies

20000-27000

8400

30000

800

Master’s degree

25000-34000

8400

36000

800

Doctoral degree

33000-45000

12000

42000

800

Bachelor’s degree

20000-27000

8400

30000

800

*Should tuition fees for the identified programme exceed the above stated amounts, the Scholarship
Recipient will be responsible for paying the difference.

The South African Government provides the following (subject to the availability of funds):

    -    One return economy airfare;
    -    Quarterly stipend;
    -    Once-off settlement allowance;
    -    Research funding (postgraduate only)
    -   Visa costs;
    -   Compulsory orientation programme before departure.
Compulsory orientation programme from 13-16 August 2018.

Successful scholarship applicants will be required to sign a contract and return to South Africa upon
completion of studies

How to apply

Complete the DHET application form and email it with all supporting documents to
Internationalscholarships@dhet.gov.za by 15 March 2019.

Applicants MUST apply to a Chinese university and submit proof of application or acceptance letter with
their application.

All PhD applicants must identify and make contact with a supervisor at their university of choice and
submit proof of this engagement with application form. 

Supporting Documents Checklist:

             

Applications for Bachelor’s or Chinese Language programmes

Applications for Master’s programmes

Applications for PhD’s programmes

1. Copy of South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a Bachelor’s pass OR a certificate of equivalence (from the Matriculation Board) if a school leaving certificate other than the NSC was obtained. 

 

A minimum of 70% average is required, excluding Life Orientation.

Marks of pre-requisite subjects for chosen field of study (eg for Engineering applicants, NSC Maths and Physics marks OR for social sciences, NSC English marks) will be reviewed separately

1. Copy of degree certificate(s), which must be a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with Honours, or a full qualification equivalent to South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 8.

 

A minimum of 65% average is required.

1. Copy of degree certificates, which must include a Master’s degree, or full qualification equivalent to South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 9.

 

A minimum of 65% average is required for the Master’s degree.

2. Official transcripts of all previous university studies. 2. Transcripts of all previous university studies.

 

3. A maximum 1 page letter of motivation for the scholarship AND personal reasons for choosing the field of study. 3. A maximum 1 page letter of motivation for the scholarship AND personal reasons for choosing the field of study.
4. Research proposal issuing following headings:

Title
Objectives
Rationale
Methodology
Relevance of study
(plus any other scholarship requirements)
References

4. Research proposal issuing following headings:

Title
Objectives
Rationale
Methodology
Relevance of study
(plus any other scholarship requirements)
References

2. A maximum 1 page letter of motivation for the scholarship AND their choice of field of study.
3. Two reference letters, signed and on an official letterhead, with a contact number and email address.

 

At least one reference must be from a school teacher. The second letter can be from either a teacher or work supervisor.

The letters must attest to the following: reliability, integrity, academic excellence and suitability for an international scholarship.

5. Two reference letters, signed and on an official letterhead, with a contact number and email address.

 

At least one reference must be from a lecturer or professor. The second letter can be from either a lecturer or work supervisor.

The letters must attest to the following: reliability, integrity, academic excellence and suitability for an international scholarship.

5. Two reference letters, signed and on an official letterhead, with a contact number and email address.

 

At least one reference must be from a lecturer or professor. The second letter can be from either a lecturer or work supervisor.

The letters must attest to the following: reliability, integrity, academic excellence and suitability for an international scholarship.

All documents uploaded must be clear and in PDF format (no photographs of documents will be accepted).

 

DEADLINE: 15 MARCH 2019

Applications can only be submitted by email on internationalscholarships@dhet.gov.za and must reach
the DHET by the deadline of 15 March 2019.

Use the subject line: Chinese Scholarship Application, [Your surname]

Enquiries: internationalscholarships@dhet.gov.za

All applications received by the DHET will be acknowledged by email within 2 working days (Department
is closed between 15 December 2018 – 1 January 2019). Please follow up if you do not receive an email
acknowledgement.

The DHET is unable to consider any applications that are not received by 15 March 2019 or are
incomplete.

Review process

Applications will be assessed by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training as
follows:

Stage one:         All applications will be screened based on meeting the minimum requirements for
                             eligibility for the scholarship.

Stage two:         Applications will be ranked according to academic performance and a limited number of
                            applications will move forward to Stage three.

Stage three:       Applicants who pass the second stage will be invited to attend an interview in person, or
                            via skype in special circumstances. Candidates will also be required to complete a
                            questionnaire at the time of the interview. No interviews will be done telephonically. Any
                            candidate who does not arrive on time for their confirmed interview without informing us
                            in advance, will be immediately be disqualified, regardless of the reason. Candidates who
                            cannot be contacted on the phone number provided will be disqualified.

Stage four:          A limited number of Master's and PhD applicants will be reviewed by two academics.

Stage five:          (i) Bachelor's applicants will be nominated on the outcome of the interview,
                            questionnaire and reference check
                            (ii) Master's and PhD applicants will be nominated based on the combined outcome of
                            the interview, questionnaire, reference check and the academic review.

Stage six:          Nominated candidates will be informed that they have been nominated for the
                          scholarship and requested to complete the Chinese online application as well as a medical
                          test. Their documents will then be reviewed in China, where the final decision will be
                          made regarding the award of the scholarship.

Please note that nomination are based on competitive process due to the limited number of available
scholarships.

Nominated candidates may be given a limited amount of time to submit further documents and must
complete the CSC online application form. These documents include medical tests, and/or academic
assessments. Institutions in the host country may also require online or telephone interviews. You will
be advised accordingly.

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email. Unfortunately individual explanations cannot be
provided to unsuccessful applicants.

Successful candidates will be informed by 31 July 2019 and all students who accept the scholarship will
be required to attend an orientation in Pretoria before departure. Orientation is meant to assist
successful candidates with preparation for departure and provide necessary information.