Universities South Africa administers a selection of scholarships schemes on behalf of governments, multi-lateral and private sector organisations, primarily for post-graduate study. Calls for applications are published on our website and are also channelled to Vice-Chancellors, from where they are then popularised through existing communication channels per institution.

Applications are Invited for Collaboration Grants Towards Joint Proposal Development in Support of Doctoral Training for South African Academics

Closing date: 25 January 2019

In preparation for the University Staff Doctoral Programme (USDP) Phase 2, the British Council has partnered with the Department of Higher Education and Training to support collaboration and institutional links between South African and UK Higher Education Institutions (HEI). USDP’s Phase 2 goal is to increase the number of permanent academic and professional staff at South African institutions with doctoral degrees while also building supervisory capacity in postgraduate programs. This phase will focus on partnerships between UK and SA universities in support of doctoral training for university academic staff, exploring various models for Doctoral training…

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New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships 2018

Applications are open for Commonwealth Scholarships tenable in New Zealand to do a Master’s degree of a PhD for the 2019 academic year. These scholarships are available in the following fields of study:

  • Agriculture Development
  • Renewable Energy

Eligible applicants should have at least one-year full-time work experience relevant to the field of study and preferred qualification.  Please visit this website for additional information and further conditions of eligibility.

The application form can be downloaded here.  The closing date for completed applications to be submitted to the South African Nominating Agency, Universities SA, is 28 March 2018.  For more information, please contact Ms Jana van Wyk by email.


Commonwealth Scholarship tenable in the UK 2018

Universities South Africa (USAf) is the Nominating Agency for South African citizens who wish to apply for the Commonwealth Scholarships tenable in the UK for the academic year commencing in September/October 2018. Applications may be in either of the following two categories for study in the UK:

  • Taught Master’s courses (One Year) (excluding MBA)
  • PhDs

The closing date for on-line applications is 22 February 2018 and a hard copy of the application form should reach the USAf Office by no later than 27 February. Please read the general information letter, and other supporting documents for additional information.

General Information Letter

PHD Terms and Conditions

Masters Terms and Conditions