From time to time, Universities SA receives from especially the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) or international agencies, notifications of scholarships available for especially post-graduate studies. USAf publishes such opportunities on this page, as well as notifications of new investments made in South Africa to support doctoral training.

Read up on the latest opportunities below.

Study-In-Japan Fair: 22 May in Hatfield, Pretoria

The Embassy of Japan in South Africa, in collaboration with 10 universities in Japan, will host an Open Day or Study Fair in Hatfield, Pretoria, on 22 May 2019. The purpose is to provide to individuals aspiring to study in Japan, information on:

  • matters pertaining to studying in that country;
  • how to access scholarship programmes and also
  • the study programmes offered in English, at 10 universities in Japan.

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For information on scholarships to study in Japan, scroll further down to MEXT scholarships for 2020.


The New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP)

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), in collaboration with respective universities, is inviting applications for the fifth annual intake into the new Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP). The Programme is aimed at transforming both the composition and the size of teaching and research staff at the universities. Priority is given to young black and women doctoral graduates, and postgraduate students (SA citizens) who are supported for a period of six years under the programme with guaranteed tenure at the end of the six-year period.

Learn more about the nGAP programme by clicking here. Click here for the 2019 advertisement.


A R3,4 million grant allocated to bolster doctoral training for SA universities

Through a partnership with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the British Council has announced R3,4m funding to 20 higher education partnerships focused on doctoral training. The partnerships involve 22 South African public universities (including Universities of Technology) and 19 universities from the United Kingdom.

Institutions must note that this announcement is for information-sharing only. It is not an open call for applications in any way. Through previous collective and bilateral engagements, interest was already expressed by both SA institutions and prospective counterparts in the UK. As soon as institutions are firmly paired and consortia are formed, another announcement and update will be made on this and other platforms.

In addition to the institutions listed in the attached media release, other South African universities identified for participation in the UK/SA partnership are: the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Central University of Technology, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Stellenbosch University, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Cape Town, University of Fort Hare, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Limpopo, University of the Western Cape, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Venda, University of Zululand and the Walter Sisulu University.

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Applications invited for Japan’s MEXT scholarships for 2020

Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities under the Japanese Government Scholarship Programme for 2020.

Applications ought to reach the Embassy of Japan by and no later than 31 May 2019.

To obtain more information and access application forms, Click here