French Embassy Masters Scholarships South Africa 2021 – 2022
Embassy of France Scholarship South Africa
ABOUT THE COMPANY – EMBASSY OF FRANCE
Campus France is an agency of the French Ministries of European and Foreign Affairs and of Higher Education and Research. The aim of the organisation is to encourage French Higher Education and facilitate academic exchange between global and French tertiary institutions.
Campus France in South Africa is committed to promoting higher education in France and assists students and researchers who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in France. Each year, the Embassy of France in South Africa awards scholarship funding for Masters or PhD degree studies in France. They are partnered with French businesses present in South Africa, as well as South African organisations (namely: the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), National Research Foundation (NRF) and Universities South Africa (USAF)).
ABOUT THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME – FIELDS COVERED & COVERAGE VALUE
The embassy of France is inviting South African and Lesothan students, to apply for scholarship funding, for the 2022 academic year. The scholarship will cover studies in France towards a Master’s degree or PhD qualification, in ANY field of study.
Embassy of France offers 2 scholarship types:
1) A full scholarship, which includes: tuition fees (up to a maximum value of 5000 euros per year), return flight to France, monthly allowance (approximately 700 euros for master students and 1400 euros for PhD students), individualized accommodation aid (approximately 150 euros per month) from the French Government. Scholars will also receive social security, priority for accessing student housing, visa fee exemption and assistance by Campus France Paris.
2) A cost-sharing scholarship, which includes: a monthly allowance provided fully or partially by a partner, and all the other benefits of a full scholarship.
Candidates are encouraged to seek alternative sources of funding, and special attention will be given to students with confirmed sources of financing.
Scholarships will be awarded for a specified amount of time to be spent in France, in line with the time required to obtain the degree:
- Master’s degree students: scholarships will be awarded for between 10 and 22 months. Master degrees are generally 2 years long and in some cases, students may be required to apply to M2 (2nd year of the Master Programme). After the 1st year of study, the Embassy of France may award the scholarship for the 2nd year depending on academic performance.
- PhD students: scholarships will be awarded for a maximum of 3 years. After the 1st year of study, students will be required to justify the progress of their research work in order to qualify for funding for 2nd and 3rd years.
- PhD students under co-supervision/ cotutelle: scholarships will be awarded for periods spent in France and these periods of stay should be specified by the candidate.
TIMELINE AND IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME
- 21 September 2021: scholarship applications close.
- October 2021: eligible candidates will be interviewed.
- November to December 2021: final candidates will be selected and results will be made available.
- January to July 2022: the specific programme will commence in South Africa (online french courses and possibly internship).
- Early September 2022: departure to France
Please note: candidates will be contacted when needed – due to the high number of expected applications, only shortlisted and selected candidates will receive feedback.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE SCHOLARSHIP
Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):
- You must be a South African citizen or Lesothan citizen
- You must be under the age of 33 years old on 1 January 2022
- You must intend on studying towards a Master’s degree or PhD, in any field
- You must intend on studying at a University or higher education institution in France
- You must intend on starting your studies in September 2022
- Preference may be given to students intending on studying within Science, Engineering and Technology fields, as well as niche courses not available in South Africa
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE SCHOLARSHIP
Applications must be done online at the Embassy of France Scholarship Application
Before candidates can apply, they will be required to Register an Account, thereafter they may log in and apply.
- You will be able to save and continue your application at any time, however, no changes will be allowed to be made after final submission, so ensure that all the information on your application is correct before submitting.
- Applications can be done on any platform, but it is recommended that a desktop computer be used.
- The application does not recognise special characters (such as apostrophes), so ensure that you do not use them.
Upload clear copies of the following supporting documentation to your profile (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):
ALL applicants must submit:
- Completed online application form
- Passport (certified copy)
- Updated resume/ curriculum vitae, including entire academic record
- Covering letter, including motivations and interests in the selected academic project
- Degree certificates (Bachelor or Master degrees)
- University transcripts for the last 2 years of study
Master students must ALSO submit the following:
- List of study programmes the student intends on applying for (as well as application dates and tuition fees)
- Proof of acceptance for the study programme starting in the application (between February and May 2022)
- Email correspondence with the institution in France (to be submitted during the application process)
PhD students must ALSO submit the following:
- Attestation, signed by your supervisor and stating their commitment to supervise your thesis OR
- An attestation signed by the 2 supervisors (South African and French) stating their commitment to supervise in France and in South Africa (must indicate that a cotutelle agreement will be formed), if under co-supervision
- A detailed description of the research project and detailed work plan (2 to 3 pages long)
Optional documents students may submit:
- Academic or professional recommendation
- Language proficiency certificates
- Cost-sharing commitment letter from the corresponding organisation
DOCUMENTS TO READ BEFORE APPLYING FOR THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME
CLOSING DATE FOR THE EMBASSY OF FRANCE SCHOLARSHIP
21 September 2021.
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)
CONTACT THE SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDER
For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact the Embassy of France directly:
Contact page: https://www.southafrica-france-scholarships.com/contact-us