Initiative Southern Africa (INISA) Student Grant 2017

Initiative Southern Africa (INISA) Student Grant 2017

Deadline: August 31, 2017

Application is ongoing for the INISA Student Grant 2017. The “Initiative Southern Africa” (INISA) offers a grant for students from Universities and other tertiary education institutions in countries of the SADC region (Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

INISA is a German Non-Governmental Organisation founded in 1995. Their mission is to inform the German public on political, economical, social and cultural developments in Southern Africa to create interest, deepen understanding and enhance contacts and exchange between Germany and Southern Africa. They are entirely independent and non-partisan, funded through membership fees and donations. Their members are country-experts, researchers, students and interested lay persons from both Germany and Africa who all share a common interest in Southern African affairs.


  • The INISA grant covers 75% of tuition fees and related costs (e.g. books and other study material; residence fees etc.) for the academic year of 2017 up to a maximum amount of Euro 3000 (or the equivalent in local currency);
  • Should the grant be awarded to more than one student the maximum amount will be split equally. INISA requires the student to provide proof of tuition related expenses with a fees account record, as the grant amount covers a percentage of these expenses and needs to be calculated on that basis before any payment is possible. The grant will be paid directly into the student’s fees account at the University. INISA requires the student to provide two reports on the progress of his/her studies in the year s/he is awarded the grant.


  • The grant is open to students of all subjects, but particularly students in science, engineering, economics and medical fields are encouraged to apply;
  • The applicant should hold the nationality of one of the SADC countries;
  • Must be studying full time at a University or other tertiary education institution in one of the SADC countries;
  • Be in the second or third year of his or her undergraduate studies, i.e. has successfully completed at least one year of studies and has successfully re-registered for further courses in the next academic year.
  • Please note: the INISA Student Grant is not applicable to postgraduate studies such as Honours, Masters or PhD programs.


You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • A detailed CV (doc,docx or pdf; max. size 800KB);
  • A passport photo (gif or jpg; max. size 1 MB);
  • A letter of motivation (500-1500 words; doc,docx or pdf; max size 800KB): The letter of motivation will be the main criterion for the consideration of your application. The object of the letter is to present a comprehensive picture of your personality; INISA would like to get to know you as good as possible. It should at least cover these aspects:
    • Why did you decide to study a particular subject and what does the subject mean to you?
    • What would you like to achieve with your studies, what would you like to achieve in life generally?
    • What do you do in your spare time?
    • Why do you think you should be awarded the INISA grant?
    • In which way would the grant make a difference to your studies this year?
  • Names and contact details of 2 persons (no members of your family) who support the application and can provide further information on you;
  • Information on additional funding (grants, scholarships, tuition fee waivers etc.) from public or private sources;
  • Additional documentation (copies of diplomas, testimonials etc) is not required at that stage of the application.

After assessing the applications INISA will shortlist any number of candidates and conduct interviews with them. Applicants will be informed on the status of their application in due course.

For more information, visit INISA Student Grant.