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

Read up on the latest opportunities below.

Chinese-African Scholarship 2021: one Semester in China

 South Africa’s universities are being invited to nominate by 16 October, 2020, postgraduate students to participate in this scholarship opportunity.

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Call for nominations for a Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award 2019 for activation in 2021

The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust is inviting South African Universities, Science Councils, Research & Policy Institutes and other institutions or agencies of similar national standing to nominate candidates for the R2million fellowship award for cutting edge, internationally significant scholarly research.

The Trust is willing to also consider applications from individuals who not have institutional affiliation.

Conditions for consideration

This opportunity is aimed at world-class candidates with visionary ideas based on an exceptionally well-developed grasp of a field or topic.  It is intended to enable scholars based in South Africa to undertake a programme of work that will ‘build the academy’ and contribute richly to intellectual life. It is also intended to strengthen relationships and partnerships between local and international institutions and the Trust.

Qualifying criteria

Nominees or applicants must be:

  • Residents of South Africa. Age will not be a factor in selection;
  • Outstanding achievers and very well established in their field;
  • Regarded as leading scholars internationally, who have undertaken advanced research for many years and have a track record of sustained intellectual effort.

Applicants must:

  • Present submissions that describe a clearly focused and specific project that offers a ‘visionary idea’ that represents a paradigm shift in current thinking, seeks to make important discoveries and contributes significantly to new knowledge;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to transferring skills and building capacity in South Africa.

For more information on additional considerations that will be made in making the selection, and for guidance regarding submissions, read more.

Closing date

The closing date for written applications or nominations is 25 October 2020. Short-listed candidates are required to avail themselves for interviews during late January to early February 2021.

The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust was established in 1958 by the late Mr Harry Oppenheimer in memory of his father, Sir Ernest, and has a long tradition of investing in education and related fields. The Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship was initiated by the Trustees some nineteen years ago. It is the Trust’s most prestigious award.