Study in Japan Online Fair for Sub-Saharan Africa 2021

The role of science, technology and innovation, as essential tools for Africa’s socio-economic transformation cannot been overemphasized, and this is the bedrock of the ASRIC-UEMF partnership which birthed the ASRIC-UEMF PhD scholarship scheme.

We are excited to announce that the applications have opened for the scholarship from the Embassy of France.

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Fulbright Postgraduate Programme (USA)

The South African Fulbright Foreign Student Programme provides grants for South African university graduates to pursue postgraduate studies at an American university in any subject.

The following opportunities are available:

• South African PhD students enrolled with a South African University may apply to conduct one year’s research at a U.S. University as a Visiting Student Researcher.

• Postgraduate students may apply for scholarships towards Master’s or Doctorate degrees. Scholarships are awarded for two years towards one degree – Master’s or Doctorate (renewable each year).

DAAD Opportunities (Germany)

DAAD scholarships are aimed primarily at graduates, doctoral students and postdocs and are awarded for study and research visits to universities and research institutions in Germany. In some programmes, internships are also funded.

DAAD awards Research Grants – Short-Term Grants for PhD students and postdocs and Research Grants – One-Year Grants for Doctoral Candidates from nearly all countries of origin.

For a language course in Germany, you can apply to the University Summer Courses and University Winter Courses programmes.

A grant for a full doctoral programme in Germany is offered to applicants from developing and threshold countries.

Scholarships for a Master’s degree in Germany are available, for persons from industrial countries.

Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme (Ireland)

The Kader Asmal Fellowship Programme is a South African strand of a broader Ireland Fellows Programme managed by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. The programme enables early to mid-career professionals from eligible countries, with leadership potential, to benefit from a prestigious, world-class, quality education contributing to capacity-building. It offers selected students the opportunity to undertake a fully funded one-year Master’s level programme at a higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland.

Fellowships are offered for postgraduate study in:

• Agriculture, Environmental Science, Conservation, Rural Development
• Food Science, Food Engineering and related
• Pharmacy and Biotechnology
• Health, Medicine and Health Economics
• Development Studies, Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution and Humanitarian Action
• Education
• Social Policy, Social Research, Community Development and Sociology
• Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, Equality Studies
• Law, Human Rights and related
• International Relations, Politics, Government, Ethics
• Engineering, Hydrology, Sustainable Technology
• Economics, Finance, Accounting, Management and Business
• Information Systems and Communications Technology
• Tourism

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (UK)

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The CSFP was established at the first Commonwealth education conference in 1959, and over 26,000 individuals have benefited.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) is responsible for managing the United Kingdom’s contribution to the CSFP. CSC awards over 800 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year.

Awards in the UK are funded by the Department for International Development, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Education (DFE), in conjunction with UK universities.

The following types of awards are made available:

• Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study at a UK university
• Split-site Scholarships for split-site PhD study at a UK university
• Shared Scholarships for Master’s study at selected UK universities
• Distance Learning Scholarships to study UK Master’s degree courses in your home country
• Academic Fellowships for early career academics to spend time at a UK university
• Professional Fellowships for mid-career professionals to spend time at a UK host organisation
• Medical Fellowships for doctors and dentists to spend time at a UK hospital
• Rutherford Fellowships for highly skilled researchers.

Dear partners and students,

The International Relations Office at the University of the Western Cape extends our well wishes to you during these uncertain and unprecedented times. Given the current global COVID-19 pandemic, we wish to extend our solidarity with our university partners – with compassion. The University has taken the necessary decision to postpone all inbound and outbound international travel and engagement until further notice.

However, we remain committed to our international partners, students and researchers, as well as to the broader society, to utilise our connectedness to offer intellectual contributions that seek to bring a measure of insightful scientific rigour and empathy to all those affected by the crisis. It is together, with unity of purpose and with our diversity and compassion, that we can continue to work with solidarity in service of humanity.

Additional information can be found on the UWC main site

Yours sincerely,


Umesh Bawa

Director of International Relations