Applications for fully-funded international scholarships are now open for South Africans, the SA Department of Higher Education and Training has announced. Currently, there are two scholarship opportunities open for applications to study in China and Russia.
On an annual basis, DHET engages in several international scholarship partnerships to provide opportunities for South Africans to study abroad at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
“The priority is on postgraduate studies, particularly for students intending to pursue a career in scarce skills areas”
The department facilitates the nomination process for several of the scholarships which are open to all South African citizens with a strong academic record.
Scholarships include travelling expenses, registration and tuition, accommodation, living allowance and medical insurance.
“The priority is on postgraduate studies, particularly for students intending to pursue a career in academia or in scarce skills areas,” a statement from the department read.
In some instances, scholarships are taught in the official language of host countries and will therefore only be awarded to applicants who already have the required level of language proficiency.
“Scholarships for language preparatory courses are available and applicants should successfully complete these language studies first before reapplying for a scholarship for degree studies taught in the foreign language,” the department explained.
The Chinese government is offering 30 scholarships to study at recognised Chinese institutions, at bachelor’s, master’s and PhD level with an opportunity to do Chinese language studies.
All programs at bachelor’s level are taught in Chinese, while many programs at postgraduate level are taught in English.
The application deadline is 7 March 2018.
The Russian government is also offering 35 scholarships to study courses in participating public universities in Russia.
The programs are offered at Bachelors, Masters and PhD levels, with a specific focus on engineering, nuclear physics and technology, aeronautical engineering, natural and physical sciences, and many more.
All applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for entry into a similar program at a South African university.