France South Africa Scholarship 2021/2022: Requirements & How To Apply

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The Embassy of France is offering scholarships to South Africans who wish to pursue Master’s or Doctoral studies at French higher education institutions, starting in the academic year 2021.

Embassy of France Scholarships

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.

The scholarship recipients will follow a specific track in South Africa from January to July.

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 scholarship recipient.

For Master Level Candidates

  • Candidates must provide proof of acceptance at one of the study programs indicated during their application, between February and April/May 2022;
  • During the application process, candidates are encouraged to submit their email exchanges with the host higher education institutions in France;
  • Submit a list of identified study programs that they intend on applying to, including the application dates for these courses and the tuition fees.

For PhD Applicants

  • An attestation, signed by your supervisor, indicating her/his commitment to supervise your thesis; or, in case of co-supervision, an attestation signed by the two supervisors (South African and French) indicating their commitment to supervise in France and in South Africa. In the case of co-supervision, this attestation needs to indicate that a cotutelle agreement will be established, that enrolment will be at both universities, and that a degree will be awarded by the French higher education institution;
  • A detailed description of the research project (2/3 pages) including a detailed work plan;
  • In the case of co-supervision, a detailed plan of the various periods to be spent in France during the research work. A signed cotutelle agreement is also necessary.


The complete scholarship application file must be submitted online only. For this purpose, each candidate must:

  • Create a member account with a valid email address after accepting.
  • Fill in the forms online.
  • Upload all the requested documents
  • Make the final submission before the deadline, 21 September 2021. Please be aware that you will not be able to modify your application after the final submission.

The member account (login and password) allows you to take your time to complete and finish the process before the deadline. Make sure you provide all the necessary information and documents before the final submission.

To open an account, you need to provide some key information (identity, address, valid email address, and a mobile phone number) Please double check that the provided information is correct before you submit, as it cannot be modified later.

The website is accessible on all platforms but it is recommended that you process your application on a desktop. Applicants are responsible for any errors in their applications and that may result in not being eligible.

Please be aware that the online application does not support special characters such as apostrophes (‘). Do not use them while filling out your application as it would cause the erasement of all entered data.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, 21 September, 2021 – 12:00

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