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South Africa Scholarships in France

The Embassy of France, in collaboration with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), is inviting students to apply for the South Africa Scholarships for the academic year 2022-2023 in France.

This scholarship programme has especially been organized for potential applicants from Lesotho and Malawi that want to undertake their higher education, namely, master’s or PhD study at a French university or college. The selected candidates will be entitled to receive tuition fees, airfare, visa charges, etc.

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This fantastic funding scheme will help you ease the significant financial burdens.

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The Department of Higher Education and Training is one of the departments of the South African government. It was created in 2009 and oversees universities and other post-secondary education in South Africa.

The Department of Higher Education and Training’s mission is to develop capable, well-educated, and skilled citizens who are able to compete in a sustainable, diversified and knowledge-intensive international economy, which meets the development goals of the country. The DHET also works with various other governments and institutions to promote and support the offering and uptake of international scholarships.

Application Deadline: The final application deadline for this scholarship programme is 16th October 2022.

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Department of Higher Education and Training
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: Master or PhD
  • Award: Tuition fee and other benefits
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Nationality: International
  • The award can be taken in France.


  • Eligible Countries: South African, Basotho, or Malawian national students are eligible to apply.
  • Eligible Course or Subjects: Master of PhD study programmes in any field of study, but preferably in Science, engineering, and technology fields and niche courses not available in South Africa offered in a French institute of higher education can be applied for.
  • Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following/given criteria:
  • The applicants must be born on or after 1st January 1992.
  • The applicants must be eligible for admission to the chosen Masters’s or Doctoral programme.
  • The applicants must have enrolled in a French Higher Education institution to pursue a Master’s degree or PhD.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: Students must apply for admission to the French university or college they wish to join. Then, interested students can apply for the scholarship via its dedicated online application portal.
  • Supporting Documents: The students are required to present the following documents to the university:
  • A complete application form (online)
  • A certified copy of the passport
  • An up-to-date résumé that also states the candidate’s entire academic record
  • A cover letter explaining motivations and interests in the planned academic project
  • Copies of academic degree certificates (Bachelor’s or Master’s only).
  • University transcripts of the last two years of studies
  • Admission Requirements: The applicants must have relevant prior academic qualifications such as a bachelor’s degree for master’s study and a master’s degree for PhD study. The students must also meet the entry and academic requirements of the university they plan to join.
  • Language Requirement: The students must meet the language requirements of the university they wish to apply for. TOEFL, IELTS, etc are commonly accepted tests across most universities.


The selected international candidates will be awarded the following benefits:

  • Priority for accessing student housing
  • Visa fee exemption and assistance offered by Campus France Paris
  • Annual tuition fees, not exceeding €5 000 per year
  • A round-trip airfare ticket
  • A monthly allowance towards living expenses (approximately 700 euros for Master’s students and 1400 euros for PhD students)
  • Accommodation aid (approximately 150 euros/month) can be obtained from the French Government
  • Co-funding opportunities are strongly encouraged to strengthen the collaboration between South African and French institutions and the public and private sector

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