French Embassy Masters Scholarship Program 2017/18 for South Africans

French Embassy Masters Scholarship Program 2017/18 for South Africans

Deadline: March 24, 2017

The Embassy of France invites students who wish to continue their tertiary education at Masters Level in France to apply for its bursary programme for the academic year September 2017-2018. This programme forms part of the commitment between France and South Africa to establish fruitful partnerships between their universities while building a vast network of academic and professional contacts.

Students can either apply for the first year of a Master’s degree (M1) or, if they have an honours degree, the university may admit the student into the second year of a Master’s degree (M2) in order to complete their degree after one year. The duration of the grant is therefore one year, once renewable should a student originally admitted in M1 continue with the M2 programme.


  • Full bursary includes visa expenses, round-trip flight tickets, social and medical insurance, tuition fees (up to a limited amount) and a monthly stipend for living expenses (partial funding may also be granted).


  • Citizenship of South Africa or Lesotho. International students may apply if they have a previous degree from a South African university;
  • Bachelor’s or Honour’s degree (depending on academic year the student is enrolling for), completed or to be completed by the time the student would depart for France (Minimum requirement is at least a B-degree, i.e. B.Tech, B.A, B.Com, BSc, etc.);
  • At least three selected French institutions of the candidate’s choice. Students should apply for admission to these universities concurrently to the bursary application (if you have not been accepted at an institution yet). You may contact Campus France to assist you with this process, but it remains the student’s responsibility to contact and apply on time to universities;
  • Applications from all academic disciplines will be considered. Applications in the following disciplines are particularly encouraged: Energy, transport, environment and biodiversity, social and political sciences, space and earth science, materials & nuclear physics, as well as food security. However, different application requirements and procedures may apply for French Language Practice (i.e. translation, interpreting or French language teaching):It is advisable that you contact the relevant person before submitting your application: Mr. Damien Guyard, Attaché for French Language Cooperation ([email protected]);
  • No knowledge of French language required, depending on the availability of English programs in the student’s field and the study program applied for.

Selection Criteria

Candidates would be selected based on

  • Academic achievement;
  • Motivation;
  • Coherence of application – the structure and content of the motivation letter, as reflected in the student’s academic, professional and personal objectives, choice of institution, etc.
  • Previous practical activities or experience in the relevant academic or professional field.

Application Process

Applications are to be submitted via e-mail only, to [email protected], before or on March 24, 2017 at 17:00. No late applications will be accepted.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by mid-April 2017. Interviews will be held in April 2017 in Pretoria (students unable to attend in person will be interviewed either telephonically or via video-conference).

For more information, visit French Embassy Masters Scholarship Program.