French Embassy Scholarship Programme


The Embassy of France in South Africa offers scholarships for students who wish to do a Master’s degree or a PhD in France.

Launched in 2010, the scholarship programmes form part of the commitment between France and South Africa to establish fruitful partnerships between their universities while building a vast network of academic and professional contacts.

Masters Scholarships 2017-2018

The Embassy allocates around 20 Master scholarships per year for the duration of one French academic year, renewable once. They include the tuition fees, the Schengen visa fees, a monthly stipend towards living expenses, health insurance and the flight tickets.

As more and more Master programmes are taught in English, basic knowledge of French is desirable, but not required.

The Embassy of France invites students who wish to continue their tertiary education at Masters Level in France to apply for its bursary programme for the academic year September 2017-2018.

Students can either apply for the first year of a Master’s degree (M1) or, if they have an honours degree, the university may admit the student into the second year of a Master’s degree (M2) in order to complete their degree after one year. The duration of the grant is therefore one year, once renewable should a student originally be admitted in M1 continue with the M2 programme.

PhD Research Grants

The French Embassy of South Africa bursary programme is currently proposing grants for 2017 to facilitate international academic and scientific mobility for researchers towards French institutions of higher education.

The programme offers the opportunity to doctoral students to integrate into establishments in France for specified periods of time in order to participate in a collaborative research project as part of their doctoral thesis programme.

Candidates must hold a Master’s degree or its equivalent. The duration of the bursary is 3 – 6 months per year, with an option of renewing it for the next 2 years. The bursary includes visa expenses, round-trip flight tickets, social and medical insurance and a monthly stipend for living expenses.

There is no deadline for applications, and students are invited to apply throughout the year. It is however advised that students apply early in the year due to limited available funding.

For PhD’s application forms or more information concerning the bursaries, please contact CampusFrance South Africa at [email protected]

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