Application Deadline: 16 October 2022
The France – South Africa Scholarship Programme is directed to South African students who intend to study in universities or higher education institutions in France for their Master’s degree or PhD. The programme is also open to students from Lesotho and Malawi.
The current call for applications is open for students who intend to start their studies in France in September 2023. Applicants will be contacted individually as needed. The list of the laureates and the waiting list will be announced according to the indicated timeline. Follow-up requests by applicants will not be answered.
Due to the differences between the Southern and Northern hemisphere calendars, laureates will follow a specific programme in South Africa from February 2023 to July 2023. This track will include online French courses organized by the network of the Alliances Françaises. It may also include an internship in French Companies and organisations based in South Africa, depending on the opportunities and the profile of each laureate.
To be eligible for the France – South Africa Scholarship Progralle, applicants must be:
- Born on or after 1st January 1992.
- A South African, Basotho or Malawian national.
- Enrolled in a French Higher Education institution (in due time) to pursue a Master’s degree or PhD.
The scholarship is granted for a given period to be spent in France, matching the necessary time required to obtain the degree:
- For Master’s degree, the scholarship will be granted for a duration between 10 and 22 months. Master degree programmes are two years long. In some specific cases (Bachelor degree with Honours, for example), students may consider applying directly to M2 (second-year of the Master Programme). Only the hosting higher education institution is responsible for the admission. At the end of the first academic year, the Embassy of France will verify the success of the student to continue her/his studies in the second year of the Master’s programme.
- For PhDs, the scholarship will be granted for a maximum duration of 3 years. However, at the end of each academic year, in order to get the renewal of his/her grant, the recipient will have to justify the progress of their research work.
- In case of a PhD under co-supervision/cotutelle, periods of stay in France should be specified. The scholarship will only be granted for the periods spent in France.
- For PhD and Master Degrees, if the curriculum requires course work which will take place outside France, then applicant must specify all the details and his/her intentions, in the application process.
Two schemes are possible under the France South Africa Scholarship Programme:
A full scholarship by the Embassy of France. It includes:
- The status of scholarship-holder of the French Government which includes social security, priority for accessing student housing, visa fee exemption and assistance offered by Campus France Paris.
- The payment of tuition fees, not exceeding 5000€ per year.
- A return flight ticket to France.
- A monthly allowance (approximately 700 euros for master students and 1400 euros for PhD students).
- An additional individualized accommodation aid (approximately 150 euros/month) can be obtained from the French Government.
In the second scheme of a cost sharing scholarship, the monthly allowance will be provided fully or partially by a partner (a partner among the Advisory Board, a company, a higher education institution or any other funding agency). All the other benefits of a full scholarship will still be provided by the Embassy of France. This scheme can be proposed by the candidate during the application process or by the Advisory Board for some of the laureates. In this last case, preselected applicants must comply with the instructions by the French Embassy in order to secure the co-funding.
- This programme is open to all fields of studies.
- Applicants are invited to read carefully the rulebook for the France – South Africa Scholarship Programme and the frequently asked questions.
- You can also consult the Campus France South Africa website to find more details on higher education institutions and study programmes in France
- This year, the call for applications is open between mid April 2022 and 16 October 2022 at 23:59 SA time.
- The 2022 Season of webinars organised by Campus France South Africa will provide students with all useful information to prepare their applications
- Interview of the eligible candidates: November 2022Results: end of November/early December 2022
- Specific programme in South Africa (online french courses and possibly internship): February 2023 – July 2023
- Departure to France: Early September 2023
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