French Embassy Master and PhD scholarship program 2018/2019


French Embassy Master and PhD scholarship program 2018/2019


Since 2011, the French Embassy has invested over 1.5 million euros in South African student mobility and has sent around 180 South African students to complete their tertiary degrees at elite French Higher Education Institutions.

The French government has supported just under forty students during the 2016/2017 academic year in their Masters and Doctorate degrees. Some of the scholarship holders will continue with their studies in 2018/2019 at the French Higher Education institutions while others will return as France Alumni ambassadors to invest their acquired skills in South Africa.


The French Embassy scholarships can completely or partially finance annual tuition fees, health insurance and Schengen visa fees for selected applicants.

The round-trip airfare and monthly stipend towards living expenses can further be covered. Co-funding opportunities are strongly encouraged to strengthen the collaboration between South African and French institutions and the public and private sector.

Eligible Country

South African graduates are invited to apply for the French Embassy Master and PhD scholarship program.

Applications from all academic disciplines, especially science and technology, will be considered for the academic year starting in September 2018.

How to Apply

Start identifying and applying to French institutions now using the Campus France search engine.

Remember, you do not have to speak French to study in France – numerous programs taught in English are available at French Higher Education institutions.

Application forms can be found on the Campus France website.


Applications open 20 November 2017 – 20 March 2018.













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