Application Deadline: 20 January 2021
The France – South Africa Scholarship Programme is directed to South African students who intend to study in universities or higher education institutions in France for their Master’s degree or PhD.
This call for application is open for students who intend to start their studies in France in September 2021. The deadline for online application will be on 20 January 2021. The list of the laureates and the waiting list will be announced in March. Due to the differences between the Southern and Northern hemisphere calendars, laureates will follow a specific track in South Africa from March to July 2021. This track will include online French courses organized by the network of the Alliances Françaises. It may also include an internship in French Companies based in South Africa, depending on the opportunities and the profile of each laureate.
This call for applications is open to all fields of study. Science, engineering and technology fields and niche courses not available in South Africa may be prioritised.
The France – South Africa Scholarship Programme of the French Embassy in South Africa is based on a highly selective call for candidates in order to strengthen high level exchanges between France and South Africa. An Advisory Board Committee, set by the French Embassy, will monitor the programme and the selection process. The Advisory Board involves representatives from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the National Research Foundation (NRF), the French South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FSACCI), the joint office of CNRS, IRD and CIRAD in South Africa as well as well-known and high level academics from France and South Africa.
To be eligible for the France – South Africa Scholarship Progralle, applicants must be:
The scholarship is granted for a given period to be spent in France, matching the necessary time required to obtain the degree:
Two schemes are possible under the France South Africa Scholarship Programme:
A full scholarship by the Embassy of France. It includes:
For PhD students, be aware that some doctoral schools require a higher monthly income than the scholarship allowance of (approximately) 1060 euros. Students applying to these doctoral schools have to contact and coordinate with the hosting French higher education institution and research laboratory to secure additional funding.
In the second scheme of a cost sharing scholarship, the monthly allowance will be provided fully or partially by a partner (a partner among the Advisory Board, a company, a higher education institution or any other funding agency). All the other benefits of a full scholarship will still be provided by the Embassy of France. This scheme can be proposed by the candidate during the application process or by the Advisory Board for some of the laureates.
Applicants are highly encouraged to look for other sources of financing from his/her own local or French higher education institution but also from private sector companies. Specific attention will be given to applicants who have found other sources of financing for their academic project.
At all times, applicants or laureates must inform the Embassy of France in case they have obtained any additional funding.
The application file is to be submitted online only, before the 20 January 2021, and must include:
For all applicants
For Master level candidates
For PhD applicants
All candidates will need to create an account on the current website. They can connect any time before the deadline. It is compulsory to validate the final application online before the deadline. After the final submission, it will not be possible to modify the application. A delivery status notification will be sent by e-mail to the applicants after the final online submission of application. Incomplete applications or applications which would fail to meet the deadline will be automatically rejected.
Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their files. Candidates whose applications have been preselected will be interviewed. In order to identify grant recipients, the Advisory board will consider:
Deliberations and final decisions are beyond dispute.
Applicants must not take the initiative to make follow-up contacts regarding the status of their application. Candidates and laureates will be contacted individually if needed. Final results will be announced in March 2021. The results will consist of a list of confirmed laureates and a waiting list. No ranking on any of the lists is communicated to the applicants. Confirmed laureates need to comply with all the administrative requirements and rules of the scholarship programme.
For the confirmed laureates
For the candidates on the waiting list
Students on the waiting list have a good chance to move up on the main list depending on the availabilities. They will be informed individually. Hence, candidates on the waiting list are highly encouraged to continue the procedure and to obtain their enrolment in the French Higher Education institutions. They will need to participate to the online French courses and possible internships. Failing to do so, they will be removed from the list.
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