DHET Nurturing Emerging Scholar’s Programme 2022 for young South Africans (Fully Funded Master’s in France)

Application Deadline: 5 August 2022

The Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP), offered in partnership with the French Embassy in South Africa, is a national programme aimed at supporting South African prospective academics to pursue Master’s degrees in areas of need at a Public French university for a period of 2 years followed immediately by a 1-year academic internship at a recruiting South African university.

Eligibility Requirements

In addition to meeting the criteria specified by the University, applicants must:

  • Show interest in becoming an academic;
  • Be 35 years or younger;
  • Be a South African citizen;
  • A minimum average of 65% attained in an appropriate Level 8 qualification;
  • Show commitment to placement at the recruiting South African University for the full 3 years of the programme (2 years studying at any French public university, and 1 year of internship at the recruiting South African university)

Fields of Study

  • Marine Science Physical-Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Information and communication technology
  • Statistics


  • Cost of registration and tuition for the Master’s degree;
  • Guidance and mentorship;
  • Assistance with potential international mobility experience;
  • Enhancing your research and teaching abilities;
  • A year of internship in South African University after completion of the Master’s degree.

Application process

Applicants must submit an online application via the dedicated platform:

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

1.1 Marine Science Physical-Oceanography

Central University of Technology

1.2 Physics

Durban University of Technology

1.3 Chemistry

Mangosuthu University of Technology 

1.4 Information and communication technology

Walter Sisulu University

1.5 Statistics 

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the DHET Nurturing Emerging Scholar’s Programme 2022


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