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Sub-Saharan Regional Fellowships


Requirements :

  • Having obtained Ph.D. degree in Life or Physical Sciences or pursuing studies leading to a Ph.D. degree
  • Having the nationality of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • Working in a Research Laboratory or Institution in one of the region’s countries or being enrolled in a doctoral programme at a University in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Candidates must be no more than 40 years old by the end of the application period for PhD and not more than 45 years for Post-doctoral​
Deadline: 30th April 2018

Individual Fellowships (IF)


This action is for experienced researchers from across the world. Applicants need a doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline.


All research areas can be funded. MSCA Fellows come from a wide variety of disciplines – from physics to linguistics, and from health-sciences to mathematical modelling.


The grant provides an allowance to cover living, travel and family costs. In addition, the EU contributes to the training, networking and research costs of the fellow, as well as to the management and indirect costs of the project. The grant is awarded to the host organisation, usually a university, research centre or a company in Europe.


You submit a research proposal, including your CV. The proposal is written jointly with your chosen host organisation(s).​ click read more to apply:

DEADLINE: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 10:45

The Schwarzman Scholars Application is Live!


We are excited to announce that the Schwarzman Scholars application for the 2019-2020 academic year is now available. We look forward to meeting another outstanding group of talented, young leaders from across the globe.The importance of our mission, to build greater understanding between China and the rest of the world, couldn’t be more evident today. The third class of 142 Schwarzman Scholars will matriculate at Tsinghua this August with 40% of the cohort coming from the United States, 20% from China, and 40% from the rest of the world.

The program is open to candidates between the ages of 18 and 28 years old, regardless of nationality, who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree or its equivalent. Mandarin skills are not required for admission. Whether in politics, business, sciences, or the arts – successful applicants are young people who have already begun to demonstrate the ability to lead and produce results in their fields and who have a commitment to building understanding among people with differing perspectives.​

The U.S./Global application opened April 16th and will close at 11:59PM on September 27, 2018. (The deadline for candidates who hold passports from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao is May 31st.

To apply now click read more:

NRF-Nuffic South-African Doctoral Scholarships

In recognition of the long standing collaboration between South Africa and the Netherlands in education and research, and with the ambition to strengthen postgraduate training while enhancing sustainable collaboration between South African and Dutch higher education institutions (HEIs), an agreement was signed in 2017 between the NRF and Nuffic (Netherlands organisation for internationalisation in education represented locally in South Africa by Nuffic’s Netherlands Education Support Office.

Doctoral scholarships will be provided for South African citizens and permanent residents to study full-time in the Netherlands (i.e. single site mode). Institutional level agreements between Dutch HEIs and Partner Institutions in South Africa to enable full-time joint doctoral degrees will also be supported (i.e. split site mode)​

Call closes: 14 May 2018

Closing date for applicants submitting applications in the single site mode is also 14 May 2018

To apply click read more: 

NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are pleased to announce the call for fellowship applications for 2019 in the following categories:

·       DST- NRF- Freestanding Postdoctoral Fellowships;

·       DST- NRF- Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships; and

·       DST- NRF- DHET - Scarce Skills Development Fund: Postdoctoral Fellowships

The application deadline for applicants is Friday, 11 May 2018.  Applicants must apply on the NRF Online Submission System at: 

For more information pertaining to this Call, please refer to the attached Framework and Application and Funding Guide. 

Designated Authorities (DAs) at the Research Offices of the different Institutions have until Wednesday, 24 May 2018 to validate the applications.  Institutions must set their own internal closing dates, so as to enable internal validation by institutional DAs prior to submission to the NRF.

Should you require further assistance, please contact an NRF contact person listed below:

Mr Malose Ledwaba - Professional Officer: Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD). Telephone: 012 481 4236. E-mail:

Ms Zodwa Mahlangu - Liaison Officer: Grants Management and Systems Administration (GMSA) Telephone: 012 481 4114.  E-mail:

University Contact Person

Mr Kirk Haupt- Designated Authority (UWC): Telephone: 021 959 2039. E-Mail:

Kindly advertise this call within your institution, Faculties and Departments

Link to Framework NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019

Click read more for application and guidelines 

AAAS-TWAS Course on Science Diplomacy 2018

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington DC, USA, and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy are seeking candidates to participate in the AAAS-TWAS Course on Science and Diplomacy to be held in Trieste, Italy, from 20 to 24 August 2018.​

Deadline: 9 April 2018

The Global Young Academy (GYA)

The GloSYS Africa Survey is aimed at early career researchers in and from Africa with either a Master’s or PhD degree earned within the last ten years. They are looking for researchers within and outside Academia in any discipline to share their experiences. You can personally contribute to helping them improve the research environment in Africa by completing the short survey (available both in English and in French) and by sharing the survey widely via your professional and social networks. GloSYS is on Facebook and Twitter and you can help by sharing the survey there. Click on read more for survey.


 2 grants in total are available for award.

The applicants should submit:

1. A fully signed learning agreement (by the applicant, the sending and the receiving institution). I attach the form.

2. Transcript of records (in case of Master students, two transcripts of records: one for Bachelor studies, and another for the Master courses already taken)

3. Motivation letter (in free format)

4. One recommendation letter to be sent directly by their referee to me by email at before 22 March 2018 deadline.

5. Support letter (issued by International Office, coordinator of Erasmus+ mobilities or a person responsible), which indicates the average mark of the transcript/s of records, and confirms that the applicant has at least B1 level of English.​

Mandela Rhodes scholarships

 Mandela Rhodes Foundation

These aim to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa by enabling students to pursue their postgraduate degree at a recognised South-African university or tertiary institution. Scholarships include funds for tuition, accommodation, meals, and travel for up to two years.

Closing date: 15 Apr 18  

Click Here

Mwalimu Nyerere scholarship programme


African Union

This encourages the participation of young female African postgraduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Scholarships are tenable for up to three years and cover tuition, travel, equipment allowances and a monthly stipend of USD 500.

Closing date: 30 Apr 18 ​ Click Here

Would you like to study abroad at Leiden University?


Exchange students:

Exchange students come to Leiden University as part of a reciprocal exchange programme with a partner university. Participating students do not pay tuition fees to Leiden University, but remain registered with, and pay tuition to, their home university. Exchange students must be nominated by their home university. ​

TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme


Postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, can go on a ‘Cooperation Visit’ lasting three months to an institute in Germany.

Hosting Countries: Germany

Eligible nationality: Sub-Saharan African countries

Minimum degree heldPhD

Duration: 3 months

Deadline:31 March 2018​

External Bursaries for 2018 academic year


The City of Cape Town will be offering bursaries for full-time studies at approved tertiary institutions to those persons residing in the greater Cape Metropolitan Area. Candidates who are registered for an undergraduate/postgraduate (PG) degree/diploma in one of the approved City of Cape Town scarce skills fields of study in 2018 are encouraged to apply.

A list of the approved fields of study may be viewed at the listed municipal offices, all libraries as well as on the City’s websites.

Closing Date: 16 February 2018

Scholarships for Studies in China, Russia, Sweden and Hungary

Chinese Government Scholarship

Deadline of applications 7 March 2018

Russian Government Scholarship

Deadline of applications 16 February 2018

Swedish institute study Scholarship

Deadline of applications 15 January 2018

Hungarian Government Scholarship

Deadline of applications 16 February 2018

Exchange opportunities for PG Students and Staff to University of Vallodolid, Spain

We are very glad to let you know that the 1st Call for Applications within the framework of the International Credit Mobility (2017-2019) project with the University of Valladolid (Erasmus+ KA107-36589) has been issued. 

Deadline for applications is February 28th, 2018 (23:59 Central European Time CET)

The call is open to all Postgraduate students and staff.​

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us sending an email to and copy Division for Postgraduate Studies at (also for UWC specific queries).

Applicant's Guide with all the information to apply for the opportunities Click Here​

PhD candidates can apply for a 2018 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarship

Applications are open for 2018 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships, enabling PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country. The applicant’s home university must have an institutional or departmental link with the proposed UK university. These scholarships are offered through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC). Applications close on 15 February 2018.​

Commonwealth Scholarships in low and middle income countries

Applications are now open for fully-funded Master’s scholarships hosted by nine ACU member universities in 10 Commonwealth countries, including Bangladesh, Jamaica, and Rwanda. The scholarships provide full tuition fees, a living allowance and a return flight, and are open to citizens of any Commonwealth country. Find out more about the host universities, available courses and how to apply here. Applications close on 11 March 2018.

Africa PhD Fellowship Program

Nurturing and maintaining strong relations with the academic community is a top priority at Google. The Google Africa PhD Fellowship Program has been created to support and recognize outstanding students pursuing or looking to pursue PhD level studies in computer science and related areas. The Google Africa PhD Fellowship program for 2018 is now open for application until 11:59pm GMT on Friday 19th January 2018. Review the steps below to learn more about how the Fellowship works, eligibility requirements and the application process​. Apply Here​

Study in Italy - Padova International Excellence Scholarship Programme

How to apply: you can apply for the scholarship directly when completing the application form of the chosen Degree Course 

When to apply: online applications are now open and close on 28 February 2018. 



Please read through the instructions BEFORE making an enquiry (  or 021 9592039)

Please complete all compulsory sections by the 30 January 2018. ​

The Ada and Bertie Levenstein Bursary for Masters Studies for 2018

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) invites applications for a Bursary to study for a Masters degree in the:

Medical/Health Sciences
Natural Sciences, 
Information Technology
Interdisciplinary research related to the above fields

The closing date for the above bursaries is the 30 January 2018.

The Steering committee will approve the selections and the final approval will be communicated to successful grantees by the end of February 2018.​


Please click on the read more:

Call for Applications: Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2019-2020

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides grants for South African university graduates to pursue a Masters or Doctoral degree at a United States university in any subject (excludes studies that require contact with patients).  Grants are awarded for two years towards one degree – Masters or Doctorate (renewable each year).  Students are selected through a rigorous application and interview process and receive a high level of support ranging from visa processing and health insurance to a comprehensive pre-departure Orientation and re-entry session.

Applications open for 2019-2020 to begin study in the United States from August 2019. Apply between December 1, 2017 – April 22, 2018.
Application Link: Click Here
  • Be a SA citizen (Non-SA citizens are required to apply in their country of citizenship, even if they are resident in SA)
  • Have a four-year bachelors degree, a three-year bachelors degree plus honors year, or a four-year B-Tech degree when applying for Masters
  • Have a Master’s degree when applying for a Doctoral degree
  • For Non-Degree studies: Must be registered for PhD with a South African university
What do we look for in our applicants?
  • Academic excellence
  • Required scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for each specific field of study
  • Clearly written study objectives
  • Demonstrable ambassadorial skills with evidence of cultural sensitivity and a genuine desire to learn more about the United States and share with American citizens aspects of South African culture,
  • Experience and interest in extracurricular and community activities,
  • Evidence of ambition and leadership potential, and
  • A desire to further the Fulbright Program and give back to your home country upon returning.​


Non-European students

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po aims to support 120 talented African students through their studies and to offer the next generation of leaders a world-class social science education, so they can go on to become changemakers in their home countries.

Over six years (2017 - 2022), the Scholars Program will fund:

  • 20 scholarships to complete the Sciences Po Bachelor of Arts programme, Africa specialisation
  • 40 scholarships to complete a Master's programme at one of our seven graduate schools
  • 60 scholarships reserved for Mastercard Foundation Scholars studying at other partner universities and who would like to attend Sciences Po Summer School.

Harvard University Scholarships 2018 (Fully Funded)

Harvard University is offering scholarships for undergraduat and graduate international students to help them attend Harvard. To create a more diverse community in campus, the Harvard University scholarships are being offered to not hinder the financial limitation of many international students from attending one of the best universities in the world. over the years, many international students have received Harvard University scholarships and became very successful after they have graduated.​

The application for both Masters and PHD program opens in September. However, the admission deadline differ for different areas of study. The most common application deadlines are December 1, December 15, or January 2. Check with the department of your field of study for spercific deadlines for your field of study.​

New Zealand Development Scholarship and Commonwealth Scholarship 2019

Subjects that can improve the social and economic development of your country.

Priority Sectors:

Agriculture development

Renewable energy​

Applications open in early 2018 for studies beginning in early 2019. Read application dates for more information. It is recommended that potential applicants start preparing early due to the long application process.​

Australia Awards 2018

·         Agricultural Productivity
·         Extractives
·         Public Policy

Applications open: 1st September 2017
Closing Date: 15th January 2018

Australia Awards 2019

Priority areas are:

·         Agricultural Productivity
·         Extractives
·         Public Policy (education, public health, trade, public financial administration, infrastructure, road safety and social policy)
Applications will also be considered in the following sectors:
·         Climate Change
·         Environmental Management
·         Water Management
·         Gender Studies
·         Social Development​
Closing Date: 15 December 2017

Chevening Scholarship 2019

Chevening is the UK government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals from your country and beyond to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.​​

Applications for 2018/2019 Chevening Scholarships are closed. They will reopen in August 2018 for opportunities to study in the UK in 2019/2020.

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology​

For more information on the scholarship and how to apply Click Here

For information on the programme and how to apply for admission: ​Click Here

Closing Date: 2nd January 2018


The National Research Foundation (NRF) is responsible for the management of the DST-NRF Internship Programme in which unemployed Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) graduates and postgraduates (including those in Social Sciences and Humanities) are offered an opportunity to acquire practical work experience through mentoring and exposure to a research environment. This opportunity is also offered to those unemployed graduates and postgraduates who are interested in research management; research support and administration at public higher education institutions and research agencies through a partnership with the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA). Applications are invited from candidates who are interested in acquiring work experience in the areas of specialisation or disciplines in the provinces stated​

Closing date for submitting applications: 14 November 2017

For Advert Click Here

For Application link Click Here

NRF Honours and final year B Tech Block Grant Bursaries for 2018

The National Research Foundation (NRF) awards bursaries to students pursuing full-time, Honours’ and final year B Tech studies at South African public universities. The Freestanding and Innovation bursaries are funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Scarce Skills and National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Pipeline bursaries are funded by Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) through the National Skills Fund (NSF).​

Internal Closing Date: 10 January 2018

Applicant’s Closing Date: 15 January 2018

Designated Authority Closing Date: 16 February 2018

Application and Funding Guide NRF Honours and final year B Tech 2018

Framework NRF Honours and final year B Tech Bursaries 2018

For Application link Click Here​


UWC IPUMS-DHS Training Description

Division for Postgraduate Studies invites you to a workshop on: IPUMS-DHS a powerful new resource to access Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) data:

The Workshop

IPUMS-DHS is a powerful new resource to access Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) data, the primary over-time source of information on women and children's health in African countries. Despite DHS' incredible value, barriers have limited the use of this data for comparisons across countries and over time: the need to download and merge a multitude of files, many containing thousands of variables; the difficulty of determining which variables are included in each sample; inconsistent question wording across years, and dispersed documentation. IPUMS-DHS eliminates these barriers, making analyses of DHS data across time and countries dramatically easier, and paving the way for sophisticated and powerful new studies in many research domains.  

 Date: 3 November 2017

Time: 13h00 to 16h30

Venue: CLC Computer room Ground Floor Life Sciences Building, UWC 

HartRAO Laser Ranging bursaries 

The Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for two postgraduate bursaries, commencing during late 2017 / early 2018. Successful applicants must be able to commence with their Masters or Doctoral studies during 2018. Applicants must have obtained their qualifying degree after 2012, or must have been actively involved in some relevant activities since / while obtaining their degree.​  

Closing date for applications: 15 October 2017


The CSIR and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are pleased to announce the DST Inter-Programme Bursary Support (IBS) call for applications.

Opening date: Monday, 14 August 2017

Closing date: Friday, 29 September 2017​ ....   


DHET - International Scholarship Opportunities

There are a number of scholarship opportunities currently available for South African students to undertake studies, research and exchanges in other countries. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) coordinates several such scholarships, while others are managed by other international, national and provincial departments or government agencies. Scholarships are for South African citizens and require a commitment to return to South African upon completion of studies.​ 

Please refer to the read more link for available scholarships and opening and closing dates


Study Grants for Masters and Doctorate Degrees

The Ernst & Ethel Ericksen Trust was established by Ethel Eriksen in the early 1980's. The trust provides study grants to students doing  post graduate study and has enabled scholars from all walks of life to fulfill their dreams, and in so doing benefit South Africa.

Applications 2018

Opening: 1 August

Closing: 30 September


  • The student must be a South African citizen.

  • Study must be at a South African university.

  • Students must have completed their honours in order to apply.​​



The DST-NRF Internship Programme 2018/2019 call is open until 19 September 2017.  If you are able to host an intern in your research unit I would like to ask that you provide the information below as the application will be done from a central place for the 2018 call as per the revised rules of the DST-NRF internship programme.

In order to add you as a mentor you must have a profile on the NRF database and I will need the following from you as soon as possible so that I can load you as a potential mentor.  The DST-NRF has the final decision on who is finally allocated interns. 

Please click here is see all the information requested

​2nd Call for Applications - Erasmus+ KA107-24005 - University of Valladolid. Deadline: 06/10/2017 (23:59 CET)​


We are very glad to let you know that the Second Call for Applications within the framework of the International Credit Mobility project with the UVa (Erasmus+ KA107-24005) has been issued. As you know, the deadline for applications is October 6, 2017 (23:59 CET).

The 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders application is now open!​

We are looking for demonstrated leaders between the ages of 25-35 years old, who are doing innovative work in the areas of Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership or Public Management to apply for this year’s Mandela Washington Fellowship.  Finalists will spend six weeks in the U.S.  July-August 2018 at different U.S. universities exploring issues of leadership in the above areas along with 700 of their peers from all over sub-Saharan Africa.  Join a continent-wide and global alumni network to help you seek innovative solutions to common challenges. Applications are due by October 11 2017. Learn more about the fellowship here:  ​


Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) 2nd Call Scientific Events/ Travel Grants 2017​

In a globalised world, the internationalisation of research is imperative for the competitiveness of any country. While international collaboration has always been an intrinsic part of the research and innovation (R&I) endeavour, the forces of competitiveness and globalisation are accelerating the scope, pace and importance of cross-border R%I, strengthened by dircted partnerships both within and outside of South Africa.

Applications 2017

2nd Call Open: Now

Closing: 24 October 2017      



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