The Government of Mauritius is offering scholarships to eligible South Africans for full-time, on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate programmes tenable in public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Mauritius for the 2023 academic year starting in August/September 2023.

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is the Nominating Agency for South Africans who wish to apply for the Mauritius-Africa Scholarship Scheme. The information below is for South African applicants only. Applicants from other eligible countries should contact their government or local representative of the Government of Mauritius for information on how to apply.  

Degree Level

  • Diploma
  • Bachelor’s
  • Master’s
  • PhD


15 April 2023.

Note: Please note that the above deadline differs from what is contained in the guidelines below due to the processing of applications and selection processes that need to be completed by the DHET as the nominating agency. Failure to submit applications and supporting documents by the above due date will result in your application not being considered. 

Who Can Apply?

General Criteria:

  •  South African citizens in good health and with a strong academic record;
  •  Candidates must have an interest in studying in Mauritius and demonstrate a commitment to the development of South Africa;
  •  Candidates must be available to study in Mauritius at the start of their academic programme in August/September 2023;
  •  All applicants must meet the entry criteria for their selected study programme in Mauritius;
  •  All applicants must meet the minimum academic requirement for entry into a similar programme at a South African university;
  •  All candidates must have proficiency in English;
  •  Not be in receipt of a scholarship from any other public source in Mauritius;
  •  Applicants must have already applied for full-time on-campus studies at any public Higher Education Institution in Mauritius for the academic year starting in 2023 (proof of application is required by 15 May 2023);
  • Awardees should abide by latest government regulations regarding vaccination against COVID-19;
  • Awardees should abide to the protocols setup by Mauritian authorities for passengers travelling to Mauritius;
  • Applicants must be prepared to undergo a medical check-up as per the Passport and Immigration Office requirements (, in Mauritius and the test results shall be submitted to the Passport and Immigration Office, with a copy to the Ministry, not later than one month after arrival in Mauritius.

Undergraduate Scholarship Applicants:

  •  Must have successfully completed National Senior Certificate with a Bachelor’s pass and a minimum of 60% average mark achieved, excluding Life Orientation subject;
  •  Applicants should be above 18 years of age and should not have reached their 26th birthday by 01 January 2024;
  •  Candidates already holding an undergraduate degree will not be considered.

For MPhil / PhD programme:

  •  PhD applicants must already hold a Master’s in research or equivalent degree in the relevant field with a minimum of 60% average mark achieved;
  •  Applicants should not have reached 40 years of age by 01 January 2024;
  •  Applicants must provide the name and written acceptance of their proposed supervisor(s). The list of research theme/research interest can be consulted from the websites of the different HEIs;
  •  All applicants should submit an Abridged Research Proposal for MPhil/PhD as per format below along with their application



    Title of Research



    Aims/Objectives of your Research (max 200 words)



    Background and significance of your research (max 200 words)



    Proposed budget for your research



    Brief description of Methodology, indicating clearly how you intend to

    conduct the research and the data collection (Max 300 words)



    Tentative timeframe of your study with an emphasis on data collection. 



    Any equipment, Lab, software that will be required



    Name and contact details of identified supervisors in Mauritius


  • Applicants already holding a Ph.D. degree or its equivalent will not be considered.
  • PhD applicants are required to contact potential supervisors at the following link/emails:



University of Mauritius

University of Technology, Mauritius



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Note: Self-financing African students already studying in Mauritius are NOT eligible to apply for the same programme level where they are currently studying under this Scholarship Scheme.

What the Scholarship Offers

The Mauritius Government offers:

  •  Tuition fees and course-related costs of up to MUR 100 000;
  •  A monthly living allowance to the value of MUR 14 200 (approximately R5 300);
  •  Students will be entitled to free basic health care in public hospitals in Mauritius;
  •  Return airfare to and from Mauritius by the most economical route.

The South African Government will provide:

  • One way travel to Mauritius;
  • Settlement allowance;
  • Pre-departure orientation;
  • SAQA verification of qualification;
  • Board exam fee upon graduation (where applicable).

Fields of Study for South African Applicants

Various fields of study are available at participating public tertiary education institutions in Mauritius for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  More information on study fields is available under guidelines for each study level below.

Application Process 

All applicants for the scholarship must have already applied for at least one full-time on-campus programme at a public higher education institution of their choice in Mauritius. Either a conditional offer or proof of application or an acknowledgment of application from a Mauritian HEI must be submitted together with the scholarship application. Application for university admission must be made as soon as the Mauritius institutions have opened their application windows on their respective websites. University application fees are payable.

The Department is offering support for the university application fees to the first qualifying 20 applicants who submit fully completed applications and supporting documents by Wednesday, 15 March 2023. Applicants would need to pay in advance and apply for a reimbursement.

Applications for the August/September 2023 intake may be made at any of the following institutions:


For Undergraduate (diploma/degree) Programme


Tentative application window





University of Mauritius 






January 2023






May 2023

University of Technology, Mauritius

Academy of Design and Innovation

Université des Mascareignes - applications open on 24 February 2023

Mahatma Gandhi Institute

Rabindranath Tagore Institute

Mauritius Institute of Training and Development

Polytechnics Mauritius Ltd

Mauritius Institute of Education


Ph.D. applicants are requested to contact potential Supervisors on the following link/emails.



University of Mauritius

University of Technology, Mauritius



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STEP ONE: Submit an application for admission to identified eligible institutions in Mauritius by 15 April 2023.

The final due date for submission of conditional offer/proof of application 15 May 2023.

STEP TWO: Complete the Mauritius Africa Scholarship Scheme application form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 15 April 2023. At this point, applicants are not required to complete section 6 (medical certificate). Applicants are requested to make sure they utilise the correct application form for their level of study.

The following documents MUST accompany the completed application form:

  •  Certified copy of the birth certificate;
  •  Certified copy of biodata page of the passport;
  •  Certified copies of all post-school academic transcripts and qualification certificates;
  •  Copy of letter of conditional offer by a public Higher Education Institution in Mauritius (if available at time of application) OR proof of application/ copy of acknowledgment notices from a Mauritian public HEI that the application has been made;
  •  All postgraduate (Master’s and Ph.D.) applications must attach an abridged research plan, including research aims and objectives, methodology, and social relevance of the proposed study. Please refer to the guidelines for information about the study plan.

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

STEP THREE: Shortlisted applicants may be required to complete an online questionnaire that will be sent in due course.

Following receipt of the online questionnaire, there will be further shortlisting of applicants going into the next round of selection who may be invited to attend an interview between 01 – 05 May 2023. Successful applicants from the interviews will be informed by 10 May 2023 of the next steps.

ONLY nominated applicants will be requested to submit the medical certificate completed and stamped by a Registered Medical Practitioner in Section 6 of the Mauritius-Africa Scholarship application form. Applicants should be prepared to pay for the medical checkup. The fully completed application document should be submitted to the DHET by no later than 15 May 2023.

STEP FOUR: Nominated applicants will be informed of their final nomination and their application will be further reviewed by the Government of Mauritius and the final decision on the successful applicants will be made.


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 Documents and links

Call for Applications

Guidelines for Applicants  - Undergraduate degree 2023 

​​Application Form for Undergraduate Programmes

​Guidelines for Applicants PhD

Application Form Postgraduate 2023


Please note that this scholarship is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions and are responsible for ensuring that their qualifications will be recognised in South Africa. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided regarding the scholarship, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above. No additional financial support will be provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training.