January 2, 2017

French Embassy Scholarships in France for Graduates of South African Universities

French Embassy Scholarship Programme:
=> Humanities: SAFeThink scholarship programme
=> All other fields of study: French Embassy Master & PhD scholarship programme


Course(s) Offered: All fields
Course Level: Graduate (masters, PhD)
Provider: French Embassy in S/Africa
Country to Study in: France

Scholarship Description
The Embassy of France in South Africa offers scholarships for students who wish to do a Master’s degree or a PhD in France. The French Embassy Scholarship Programme covers tuition fees, visa fees and more; and has delivered Master’s graduates in various fields, including Business, Law, Social Sciences, Engineering, etc.

Launched in 2010, the French Embassy Scholarship Programme 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.

The Embassy has opened applications for its 2017/2018 Masters scholarship programme and PhD Research Grants, both thematically structured under the SAFeThink scholarship programme (for the Humanities) and the French Embassy Master & PhD scholarship programme (for all other fields of study).

French Embassy Scholarship Programme (Humanities: SAFeThink scholarship programme) and (All other fields of study: French Embassy Master & PhD scholarship programme)

Eligibility
Under the SAFeThink scholarships, all fields of human and social sciences are eligible to apply. Under the French Embassy Master & PhD scholarship programme, all other fields of study are eligible to apply.

MASTERS:
Students must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree.

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

PhD RESEARCH GRANT:
Candidates must hold a Master’s degree or its equivalent.

Selection criteria:
Students are selected based on criteria of academic merit, motivation, previous experience and their career objectives.

Eligible groups
Citizens of South Africa AND Graduates from various South African universities

Participating Institutions
All French Higher Education Institutions

Fields of study
MASTERS: Under SAFeTHINK program, all fields of human and social sciences. Under French Embassy program, all other academic disciplines, however, applications in the following disciplines are particularly encouraged: Energy, transport, environment and biodiversity, social and political sciences, space and earth sciences.

PhD: Opportunity to integrate into establishments in France to participate in a collaborative research project as part of your doctoral thesis programme (in human and social sciences AND all other disciplines).

Number of awards
At least 20 masters scholarships are allocated to be given out per year. Number of PhD grants is not specified by the sponsor

Sponsorship duration
MASTERS: 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 admitted in M1 continue with the M2 programme.

PhD: The duration of the bursary is 3 - 6 months per year, with an option of renewing it for the next 2 years.

Scholarship benefits
MASTERS: Full bursary includes visa expenses (the Schengen visa), round-trip flight tickets, social and medical insurance, tuition fees (up to a limited amount) and a monthly stipend for living expenses (partial funding may also be granted).

PhD: The bursary includes visa expenses, round-trip flight tickets, social and medical insurance and a monthly stipend for living expenses.

Method of Application
Students who wish to complete a Master’s or PhD’s degree in political or social sciences (international relations, public affairs, security studies, conflict studies, human rights/ humanitarian law, development studies,…) are requested to apply for the French Embassy SAFeThink scholarship programme, that is run in cooperation with five South African think tanks (AISA, IGD, ISS, MISTRA and SAIIA).

Students who wish to complete a Master’s or PhD’s degree in all fields of study except humanities (engineering, management, economy/ finance, IT, architecture/design, sports, biology, etc.) are encouraged to apply for the French Embassy Master scholarship programme.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) to download and read through the Information sheets for detailed information, and also to download Application forms to apply for this scholarship.

DEADLINES:
MASTERS: The deadline for applications for the French Embassy Scholarship Programmes for 2017-2018 is March 24, 2017.

PhD: There is no deadline for applications, and students are invited to apply throughout the year, but should be submitted at least 2 months before the envisioned departure for France. It is however advised that students apply early in the year due to limited available funding.

PLEASE NOTE:
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by mid-April 2017. Interviews will be held in April 2017 in Pretoria (students unable to attend in person will be interviewed either telephonically or via video-conference).

The French Embassy Scholarship Programme consists of the SAFeThink scholarship programme (for the Humanities) and the French Embassy Master scholarship programme (for all other fields of study).

These bursaries are offered annually to students to promote Franco-South African academic exchange and cooperation, and are funded by the French government, managed by the French government agency Campus France, which also has an office in South Africa.

Application Deadline: 24 March 2017 (All Year Round for PhD)
Open to International Applicants: No

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Scholarships in South Africa for Local and Foreign Students

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