Below is a list of scholarships that are normally available for South Africans annually, along with links to more information so that you can plan for and prepare your applications.

The call 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 include:

- 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.


We have developed a calendar of scholarship application dates to assist you in estimating when calls for applications are likely to be opened. These dates are based on previous calls and may change from year-to-year. Click on the button below to download the calendar, otherwise click on the countries listed below for more information about the scholarships available in those countries.

AUSTRALIA: Master's, short courses

The Australia Awards is the cornerstone of the Australian Government's development assistance program for Africa. It provides access to postgfion, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries. On their return to the workplace, Australia Awards alumni are expected to contribute to the development of their home countries. More information is availalbe at https://www.australiaawardsafrica.org/