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University Scholarships in South Africa

Wondering how to get a college scholarship for your studies in South Africa? We provide an extensive list of scholarship opportunities for universities in South Africa, including the best national and international scholarships, fellowships, college and university grants, free scholarships, federal funding, and other forms of student financial aid.

You can apply for university scholarships in South Africa including funding for high school seniors, financial aid for college students, graduate school scholarships, postgraduate scholarships, and more, all available in our extensive scholarship database.

Find the right scholarship in South Africa, for a wide variety of academic degrees, including business and management scholarships, engineering scholarships, law school or medical school scholarships, as well as sports, arts, or music scholarships to help pay for your studies abroad.

Undergraduate Scholarships

This page includes various college grants and awards available for international students to pursue an undergraduate degree in all academic disciplines at world-renowned universities. These undergraduate financial aid and grants are awarded on both merit or need basis. This section gives you information about both private or government-funded scholarships at the undergraduate level. Students can apply for these recently available positions to pursue their degree programmes.

Available Scholarships

The majority of scholarships are for postgraduate (masters, doctoral and postdoctoral) studies, while a small number of undergraduate (bachelor’s degree) scholarships are available. Most of the scholarships advertised here are not managed by the DHET, and further information is only available from the agency or government concerned.

Each offer has its own entry requirements and eligibility criteria. Please read through the information carefully and ensure that you meet all the minimum criteria and adhere to the submission deadlines.

Please note that the information available on this website is provided as a guideline only. Information provided by the scholarship granting agency supersedes any information provided here.

Available Scholarships

ALGERIA: Algerian Government Scholarship
BRAZIL: Undergraduate (tuition only) and Postgraduate Scholarships (tuition & monthly stipend)


BRAZIL: Undergraduate (tuition only) and Postgraduate Scholarships (tuition & monthly stipend)
France: ISAE-SUPAERO Scholarship Programme

BRAZIL: Undergraduate (tuition only) and Postgraduate Scholarships (tuition & monthly stipend)
KOREA SNU President Scholarship (SPF)


Please note that this opportunity is not offered by the Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions and are responsible for ensuring that the qualifications will be recognised in South Africa. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above.

Programme outline

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Helmut-Schmidt-Programme is offering Master’s scholarships for preselected Master’s courses at certain public German Higher Education Institutions. The study programmes usually start in September/October 2020 and are taught in German and/or English.

Degree level



The application period at all eight participating universities lasts from 1 June to 31 July 2019. The
participating universities are:

Leuphana University of Luneburg – Public Economics, Law and Politics
University of Passau – Master of Governance and Public Policy
University of Potsdam – Master of Public Management (MPM)
University of Applied Sciences Osnabruck – Master of Management in Non-profit Organisations
Hertie School of Governance – Master of Public Policy (MPP)
University Of Duisburg-Essen – Master of Development and Governance
Willy Brandt School, University Of Erfurt – Master of Public Policy (MPP)
University of Osnabruck – Master of Democratic Governance and Civil Society

Fields of Study

The scholarship programme is open to graduates in the field of social sciences, political sciences, law, economics and public administration.

Who can apply?

The programme is open to well qualified graduates with a first university degree (bachelor or equivalent) who want to actively contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries. It is offered both for young graduates without professional experience and for mid-career professionals.

– Candidates’ most recent university degree should be obtained in the last six years prior to the application for the scholarship
– Applicants who have stayed in Germany for more than 15 months at the time of the application deadline are not considered as eligible
– All Master´s courses have further additional requirements that must be fulfilled by the applicants
– Applications must be submitted in German or English.

Scholarship offer

• Tuition fees waiver
• Scholarship of monthly 850 € for selected MA programmes at German institutions of higher education
• contributions to health insurance in Germany
• appropriate travel allowance
• study and research subsidy
• monthly rent subsidy where applicable,
• allowances for spouses and/or children where applicable
• 6-months-German language course from April 2020 to September 2020. The language course takes place
at selected institutes in Germany and usually not at the universities of the selected MA programmes.

The language course is compulsory also for those who attend a master´s course taught in English. In addition, scholarship holders are offered special tutorials at their host institutions financed by DAAD. Furthermore, the scholars are invited to participate at different networking events.

Application process

Applications must be submitted in German or English. Applicants may submit up to two Master`s courses.

– Fill in the DAAD Application form for Research Grants and Study Scholarships only once and make clear
which study course is your first and which is your second priority.
– Write a single letter of motivation for both university courses you choose, justifying your first and second
priority choice.
– Send the DAAD scholarship form together with the letter of motivation and accompanying required
documents to the two universities of your choice. Do NOT send it to DAAD.