The calls for applications for some scholarships may not be open right now but it's a good idea to plan your scholarship applications well in advance. Some of the things you could do in advance:

- Gather and scan all your documents such as official academic records and certificates, and passport;

- Identify possible academic references;

- Prepare a research proposal;

- Discuss your application plans with your family;

- Discuss your plans with an academic supervisor

- Start learning the language of the country you want to go to;

- Research institutions and courses in the country;

- Plan for any financial resources you may require;

- Research the countries you are interested in.

All scholarships receive a large number of applications, meaning that only the strongest candidates will be awarded the scholarships. Meeting the minimum requirements does not mean that you will get the award. You are competing with all other applicants for a limited number of spaces, therefore you should submit your best application possible to increase your chances of being shortlisted. Plan your application well in advance and before submitting, read it, re-read it, and get someone else to read it to ensure that it makes sense and you avoid spelling or grammar mistakes that can cost you the opportunity.

Applicants must meet similar or even higher entry criteria as required to get into a similar programme at a South African university. A strong academic record is important, but so is a clear motivation for your application, goals for your future career and a commitment to social and economic development in South Africa.

Each scholarship has different application dates, criteria and eligibility. Be sure to read the information documents carefully when they do become available!

No applications for medical degrees are accepted at present for any international scholarship programmes offered in partnership with the DHET.

The Chinese Government Scholarship for South African students is offered annually and is implemented jointly by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Scholarships are available in any field of study, but priority fields will be identified in the call for applications and postgraduate applicants will be given preference.

Applications can be submitted for non-degree Chinese language studies, Bachelor's, Master's and PhD studies. Scholarship recipients at Bachelor's level are ONLY taught in Chinese and applicants must have the required level of Chinese (minimum of HSK4). This applies even where English language programmes are available. If you want to do a Bachelor's degree in China, you can apply to do non-degree Chinese language training, but you will have to apply for the scholarship again once you are ready to start your Bachelor's degree.

The academic year starts in September and the application period is normally from the previous January until early March each year. Scholarship applicants are required to apply to a Chinese university directly, in addition to submitting a scholarship application. Postgraduate applicants, particularly at PhD level are encouraged to establish contact with their chosen institution.

This scholarship is expected to be offered annually. Closing dates are subject to change each year. The full details on how to apply, eligibility and criteria will be available when the call is open for applications. Please sign up to our contact list to be alerted when new opportunities become available.

An agreement has been signed between the Governments of South Africa and Hungary, offering 100 scholarships per year between 2017 and 2019, to South African students for study at participating public university in Hungary.

Scholarships are offered for:

Bachelors (30): natural sciences and sustainable environment, engineering and information technology, agricultural science and food science.

Masters (60): Natural Sciences (especially Biotechnology, Bioenergetics and Renewable Energy); Engineering (especially Mining Engineering, Information Technology); Economics, Business and Management Studies and Tourism; Agricultural Science and Food Science; Physical Education and Coaching, Adult Education, and Human Resources Development; International Relations and European Studies; and Hungarian Language Studies.

PhD (10): All fields of study.

Applicants are not required to apply separately to a Hungarian university, as this will be done as part of the selection process.

Another 100 scholarships available in 2019. Keep a look out for more information about this towards the end of 2018.

The Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme offers about 12-15 scholarships annually for a one-year Master's degree in Ireland.

"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."

Applications for the academic year beginning in September 2019 are not yet open. Sign up to our contact list to receive information when the call opens.

After the scholarship selection process, successful candidates will be assisted with an application to an Irish university.

The Swedish Government is offering ten scholarships per year until 2021 to talented and ambitious South African students who wish to pursue their Master's degree at a university in Sweden. The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) is open to highly qualified students who are citizens of South Africa.

The programme offers an opportunity for aspiring future leaders to develop professionally and academically, to experience the culture in Sweden, and build a long-lasting relationship with Sweden.

Priority will be given to students who have chosen programmes that focus on: Environmental Technology / Sustainable development; Nanotechnology; Engineering; Design (industrial Design, architecture, urban / regional planning); Computer Science and IT; Gender Studies and Public Health.

Scholarship applicants must first apply for admission to a Swedish institution. For general guidelines on studies in Sweden, please visit Limited support for the application fee might be available, more information will be published in the Call.

Applications to Swedish universities for the 2019 academic year are not yet open. We expect this scholarship to be offered annually until 2021.

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) has, in the past offered grants to South Africans annually to pursue study, training and/or research programmes at Italian higher education institutions. Applications have previously closed in April for studies beginning the following September.

We anticipate that the offer will continue to be available in future and will be promoted on this website. More details can be accessed at:

The Government of Mauritius has, in the past, offered scholarships to South Africans under the Mauritius–Africa Scholarship Scheme.

If the offer is made in future it will be promoted on this website. Applications normally close during March and should be submitted to the DHET. Details on the process and deadlines will be published if/when the call is opened.

Applications for medical degrees are NOT considered.

There are two key programmes that we work with for studies in the United Kingdom:

Chevening Scholarship (Master's)

The process of selecting Chevening Scholars takes a minimum of eight months from the application deadline to when scholars are conditionally selected for an award. The 2018 scholarship application period was from August to November. Keep a look out for the 2019 application information.

Commonwealth Scholarship (Master's and PhD)

For full time Master's PhD studies at a UK institution under the following themes: 1) Science and technology for development; 2) Strengthening health systems and capacity 3) Promoting global prosperity 4) Strengthening global peace, security and governance 5) Strengthening resilience and response to crises 6) Access, inclusion and opportunity.

For full time Master's PhD studies at a UK institution under the following themes: 1) Science and technology for development; 2) Strengthening health systems and capacity 3) Promoting global prosperity 4) Strengthening global peace, security and governance 5) Strengthening resilience and response to crises 6) Access, inclusion and opportunity.

Information on the 2019 scholarship will be available in August 2018 for PhD applicants here and for Master's applicants here

We may also advertise other scholarships that are offered during the course of the year. Keep an eye out for opportunities in Algeria, Sri Lanka, India, the US, Chile, and Japan. Actual offers may vary from year-to-year.


Closing dates and priority fields are subject to change from year-to-year. The full details on how to apply, eligibility and criteria will only be available when the call is opened for applications. Please go to our home page to sign up to our e-mail contact list to be alerted
when new opportunities become available and return to our website regularly for more details.

The above information is provided to give guidance on the possible scholarships that may become available. Both the DHET and the agency or government offering the scholarship may change any or all of the information provided above without notice. The right not to offer any of the above scholarships in future is reserved.