French Embassy Master and PhD scholarship program 2018/2019 for young South Africans to study in France (Fully Funded)

French Embassy Master and PhD scholarship program 2018/2019

Application Deadline: March 20th 2018

Applications for the French Embassy Master and PhD scholarship program 2018/2019 are now being accepted.

South African graduates are invited to apply for the French Embassy Master and PhD scholarship program. Applications from all academic disciplines, especially science and technology, will be considered for the academic year starting in September 2018.

Since 2011, the French Embassy has invested over 1.5 million euros in South African student mobility and has sent around 180 South African students to complete their tertiary degrees at elite French Higher Education Institutions.

The French government has supported just under forty students during the 2016/2017 academic year in their Masters and Doctorate degrees. Some of the scholarship holders will continue with their studies in 2018/2019 at the French Higher Education institutions while others will return as France Alumni ambassadors to invest their acquired skills in South Africa.


  • Students must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree. The duration of the bursary is one year, once renewable should the student continue with the Master 2 programme.
  • Eligibility:
  • Citizenship of South Africa or Lesotho only (temporary or permanent residency excluded).
  • Bachelor’s or Honour’s degree (depending on academic year the student is enrolling for), completed or to be completed by the time the student would depart for France. (Minimum requirement is at least a B-degree, i.e. B.Tech, B.A, B.Com, BSc, etc.)
  • At least three selected French institutions of the candidate’s choice. Students should apply for admission to these universities concurrently to the bursary application (if you have not been accepted at an institution yet).
  • You may contact Campus France to assist you with this process, but it remains the student’s responsibility to contact and apply on time to universities (see Terms and Conditions below).
  • Applications from all academic disciplines will be considered


  • The French Embassy scholarships can completely or partially finance annual tuition fees, health insurance and Schengen visa fees for selected applicants.
  • The round-trip airfare and monthly stipend towards living expenses can further be covered.
  • Co-funding opportunities are strongly encouraged to strengthen the collaboration between South African and French institutions and the public and private sector.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the French Embassy Master and PhD scholarship program 2018/2019



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