Scholarships for Studies in China: Deadline – 7 March 2018

Dear Colleagues

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) would like to inform you that applications for scholarships to study in China from the 2018/2019 academic year are now open. Information about these scholarships are briefly summarised below. More information can be found on the website

The focus for all the international scholarship programmes is on postgraduate studies, although there are a limited number of opportunities for undergraduate studies available.

Chinese Government Scholarship

The DHET is facilitating applications for the Chinese Government Scholarship for South Africans to study in China. Opportunities are available at Master’s and PhD and Postdoctoral levels as well as for non-degree Chinese language studies. Bachelor’s degree applicants must be fluent in Chinese as all Bachelors’ level courses under this scholarship programme are taught in Chinese. Master’s and PhD programmes may be taught in English at certain universities. All applicants must apply directly to their university of choice in China as well as submit an application form and supporting documents to the DHET. PhD applicants should make contact with a potential supervisor in advance. The deadline for applications is 7 March 2018.

CPUT together with the DHET increasingly seeks to position the international scholarships that become available as opportunities for developing capacity in the higher education sector. We would thus like to promote the uptake of these scholarships by junior academics who still need to embark on Master’s or Doctoral studies, and by senior postgraduate students who are aspiring towards a career in academia.

Candidates may apply on their own or be nominated by universities. Official nomination letters can be forwarded to Ms R Roberts, Director: International Scholarships on General enquires can be sent to


Call for Proposals – South African LSST PI Affiliates and Junior Affiliates: Deadline – 1 March 2018

Through this Call, South African researchers have the opportunity
to assemble compelling proposals and teams in order to participate
in the remarkable LSST project.

The attached document contains relevant details of the Call, including
the requirements for a completed proposal application form, due by
1 March 2018.

Please share this Call widely with any colleagues that
might be interested.

Any questions that are not addressed in the Call document can be
directed to

2018 Call for Doctoral Scholarships for Research using a Systems Analysis Methodology: Deadline – 29 September 2017

Please take note of the 2018 Call for Doctoral Scholarships for Research using a Systems Analysis Methodology.

Please send an email to Universities UK International (UUKi) at with the subject titleSystems Analysis UK-South Africa call- UK Co-supervisor” should you require linking with a UK partner institution and make sure to include the following information in the covering email:


University in SA:


Title/position of supervisor within department:

Area of research/publications:

Title of PhD student’s project:

Description of PhD project:

CV of PhD student:

Please share this with those who might be interested in this opportunity.

Kind regards.

Fadwa Arnold | Project and Support Officer | Education and Society

British Council | 3rd Floor, Icon Building | 24 Hans Strijdom Avenue | Foreshore | Cape Town | 8000

Tel: +27 (0)21 140 2023 |

ABE Initiative Master’s and Internship Program 5th Batch: Deadline – 13 October 2017

At the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) held in Yokohama in 2013, the Japanese Government stated its policy on strengthening support for the on-going dynamic growth of Africa with stronger public-private partnerships.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo ABE announced the ABE Initiative (African Business Education Initiative for Youth), a strategic five-year plan providing 1,000 youths in Africa with opportunities to study at Japanese universities as well as to intern at Japanese enterprises aimed at fostering sustainable and sound industrial development in Africa.

This Program offers scholarships for youth to study master’s courses in Japanese universities in English as well as internship opportunities during their stay in Japan.

Upon signing of the contract with JICA, participants in this Program will be entitled to receive during his/her study in Japan;

  • Full tuition fee for Master’s Program
  • Monthly Allowance during Master’s Program and Internship
  • Air fare for single return from Johannesburg to Tokyo, Japan
  • Orientation: Basic Japanese language course and Introductory course for Japanese life
  • Health Insurance: Japanese national health insurance and JICA’s medical coverage will be applied (with the exception of pre-existing condition)
  • Moving/Preparation Allowance
  • Research support fees (with the approval from JICA/Accepted University)

Who can Apply?

The Program aims at fostering excellent personnel who can contribute to Africa’s development in collaboration with Japanese private sector, we are looking for prominent young South African nationals from who are or will be involved in industrial development related activities in both public and private sectors and have strong motivation to strengthen economic ties between South Africa and Japan.


  • South African Nationals
    *Those who are not South African National , please contact the relevant JICA Office specified in 2-(3) Contact Information
  • Age between 22 and 39 as of April 1st 2018
  • Bachelor degree (B-Tech included) or above (Diploma is not accepted)
  • Good understanding of the Program objectives
  • Adequate English skills both in written and oral communication

How to Apply?

Go to the following website for further details

ESASTAP 2020 Call for Twinning Activities in Marine Sciences 2018: Deadline – 06 October 2017

Call for Applications now Open

The project on Strengthening of Technology Research and Innovation (R&I) between Europe and South Africa (ESASTAP 2020) and its predecessors (i.e. FP6 and FP7 INCO projects SAccess, ESASTAP, ESASTAP-2 and ESASTAP Plus) have been instrumental in enhancing the success of the SA-European Union (EU) Research and Innovation cooperation in different thematic areas of focus. Twinning activities within the framework of ESASTAP 2020 are ideal instruments for strengthening EU/SA STI cooperation. This is further supported by the Department of Science and Technology agenda of seeking to broaden bilateral cooperation between South African research institutions, universities and SMEs with their EU counterparts. The objectives of this Twinning Call therefore is to provide mobility grants in order to (1) build on /expand the existing research collaboration and relationships and (2) establish new research relationships or collaborative projects. The overall aim is to establish long-term, institutional cooperation between EU and South African partners and reach a new level of partnership by strengthening a small number of strategic alliances.

Please note that each Consortium can submit only one project proposal. Consortium Leaders must submit applications through an online application process to the NRF at Applications submitted outside the NRF Online Submission System will not be accepted. A detailed call document is attached.


Key dates:

Call opens: 17 August 2017

Call closes: 06 October 2017

Designated Authority closing date: 13 October 2017


NRF Contacts:

For programme-content related queries For technical and grant related queries
Busiswa Molefe

Professional Officer

Knowledge Advancement and Support

Tel: +27 12 481 4028


Stephen Dlamini

Professional Officer

Grants Management and Systems Administration

Tel: +27 12 481 4037



Inter-disciplinary learning focussing on health equity issues.
Fellows will be exposed to social and health injustices and their causes, as well as to innovative multi-sector efforts to address health inequity in South Africa and beyond. They will use this exposure to stimulate debate and discussion, reflect on what they learn and relate critical theory, analysis and concepts to their experiences.

Tekano is inspired by the achievable dream of building a more equal South Africa in which all people enjoy better health and wellbeing. Our name derives from the Sesotho word for “equality” and speaks to our goal of social justice.

We aim to foster a body of dynamic, progressive changemakers – working individually and in empowering networks – who can inspire and sustain some of the changes South Africa needs to bridge the enormous gulf between rich and poor and build a healthier nation.

The key to this is a visionary international leadership programme, the Atlantic Fellows, which aims to promote equity on five continents by investing in changemakers. Tekano is part of this initiative and home to the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity in South Africa, a programme of learning and interactivity for social advocates, progressive professionals and innovators. The programme is designed, above all, to affirm, reinforce and connect leadership for health equity.

The establishment of Tekano and its role in the Atlantic Fellows programme have been made possible by a generous grant of US$45 million from The Atlantic Philanthropies. As Atlantic will make its final grants by the end of 2016, the Atlantic Fellows represent the foundation’s culminating investments in leaders who seek transformative change and greater equity in policies, practices and systems.


UNESCO CONFINTEA Research Scholarships: Deadline – 30 May 2017

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) will offer six CONFINTEA Research Scholarships for a period of one month each to researchers from UNESCO Member States and/or Associate Member States in September 2017.

Degree level



30 May 2017

Who can apply

Researchers from UNESCO Member States and /or Associate Member States. Participants will be selected on the basis of their potential to produce articles, research papers, programme tools or policies.

Fields of study

Adult and continuing education

Literacy and non-formal basic education
Application process

In order to apply please submit the following
• A cover letter;
• Your research proposal
•An up-to-date CV

Interested candidates may submit their application to UIL Research Scholarship Coordinator Ms Lisa Krolak, at;

Postal applications may be sent to:

Mr Arne Carlsen
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
UIL Research Scholarships
Fledbrunnenstr. 58
20148 Hamburg
What the scholarship offers

The scholarship offers, accommodation close to the institute, medical insurance, and a return economy ticket to Hamburg, Germany.Additionally scholars will receive a lump sum of 500 Euros contributing to other costs incurred before, during and after their research stay in UIL (such as visa costs, transport, and daily subsistence)

Documents and links

Interested candidates may submit their applications or queries to UIL Research Scholarship Coordinator Ms Lisa Krolak via


Scholarships offered as a part of the programme include Master’s degree studies conducted in Polish language (preceded by a year-long preparation course for taking up studies in Poland) and PhD studies conducted in public universities (the list of universities at the following link).

Degree level

Master’s and PhD

Master’s: 23 June 2017
PhD: 5 July 2017

Who can apply?

Holders of an undergraduate degree (with honours) from a recognised university, in the relevant field (Master’s applicants)

Holders of a Master’s degree in a relevant field from any internationally recognised university (PhD applicants)

Be willing to study in the Polish language.
See attached documents for more information.

Fields of Study

Master’s: Sciences – natural sciences technical sciences and agricultural, forestry and veterinary sciences (all preceded with a year-long preparation course for taking up studies in Poland)

PhD: Sciences – mathematical, physical, chemical, biological, earth sciences, technological, agricultural, forestry and veterinary sciences

What the scholarship offers

The scholarship provides PLN 1350 per month (approximately R 4600), towards accommodation and living costs. See attached documents for more information.

*This scholarship does not cover international travel, medical insurance or living expenses over and above the given monthly allowance.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted to:

Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Pretoria
14 Amos Street, Colbyn, Pretoria 0083
Phone: +27 12 430 26 31

Documents and links

Please read the call documents carefully before applying:

2017 Ignacy Lukasiewicz Scholarship Programme
2017 List of Areas of Study
2017 Application form

For further information on the scholarship please visit the websites:

Polish Embassy in South Africa


Polish Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange


Estonian School of Diplomacy Scholarships: Deadline – 9 June 2017

In the academic year 2017/2018 Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD), in co-operation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offers scholarships for young diplomats and civil servants to participate in the Postgraduate Diploma program.

Degree level

Postgraduate Diploma


Application deadline is 9 June 2017

Who can apply

– comes from a country eligible for ODA (see )
– is not older than 35 years (when applying);
– has at least a BA degree;
– has very good command of English (speaking, reading, writing skills are required at the level of advanced);
– is currently employed by their country’s/territory’s foreign or civil service and has been working there for at least one year;
– is highly motivated to learn about international relations and related disciplines. Priority will be given to the candidates strongly motivated to continue their professional careers within the service of their respective country/territory;
– is hard working, co-operative and ready for cross-cultural study environment.
Fields of study

The training course includes three thematic modules:

International Relations
European Studies
Diplomatic Studies
Application process

Application documents can be submitted by using Online Scholarship Applications System.
Please see website for more information.
Enquiries: Kristiina-Maria Ploom:
What the scholarship offers

The scholarship will cover tuition fee, monthly allowance (450 EUR), accommodation in Tallinn (including utilities and internet connection), and health insurance in Estonia during the studies, cost of Schengen visa and Estonian residence permit.
Scholarship does not cover the cost of travel to and from Tallinn
Documents and links

Colombia Postgraduate Scholarship: Deadline – 2 June 2017

ICETEX, Colombia is offering financial grants in return for international cooperation received by Colombia under existing cooperation agreements. These are postgraduate scholarships, taught in Spanish.

Degree level



2 June 2017

Who can apply?

Professionals between 25 and 49 years old
Grades equivalent of 4.0 on the Colombian scale of 1 to 5
Spanish fluency required
Admission letter from a Colombian education institution
Minimum of one year work experience in their field of study
Candidates must not live in Colombia or have Colombian nationality
Available to study in second semester of 2017
Fields of Study

See documents

What the scholarship offers

Tuition fees
Incidental grant
Stipend for books and materials
Monthly allowance
Health insurance in Colombia
Installation costs

Application process

Applications can be submitted online at:

Details of the Call in English can be downloaded here or accessed from the above website.

Documents and links

Application and information: