French Embassy Scholarship Programmes for South African and Lesotho Students, 2015-2016

Applications are invited for French Embassy Scholarships available for South African and Lesotho students to undertake a Master’s degree at a French university for the academic year 2015-2016. Embassy offers two Master’s scholarship programmes, with the same benefits: one in humanities (SAFeThink scholarship programme) and the second in all other fields of study (Master scholarship programme). The Embassy allocates around 20 scholarships per year for the duration of one French academic year, renewable once. Scholarship includes the tuition fees, the Schengen visa fees, a monthly stipend towards living expenses, health insurance and the flight tickets. The application deadline is 23 March, 2015.. The Embassy of France in South Africa has opened applications for its 2015/2016 Master scholarship programmes. Launched in 2010, these programmes form 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. The French Embassy offers two Master’s scholarship programmes, with the same benefits: one in humanities and the second in all other fields of study: . Scholarships are available to undertake a Master’s degree at a French university.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Scholarships are awarded in all fields of humanities and social sciences and all other fields of study (engineering, management, economy/ finance, IT, architecture/design, sports, biology, etc.).
Who can apply to this scholarship? French Embassy Master scholarship programme: all other fields of study:
· Citizenship of South Africa or Lesotho only (temporary or permanent residency excluded).
· 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. However, different application requirements and procedures may apply for the following fields. It is advisable that you contact the relevant person before submitting your application: French Language Practice (i.e. translation, interpreting or French language teaching): Mr. Damien Guyard, Attaché for French Language Cooperation and Social and Political Sciences (i.e. Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, Public Administration, Governance, Peace and Security, Conflict Resolution, etc.): Ms Johanna Stilo, Programme Officer for SAFe Think programme.
· No knowledge of French language required, depending on the availability of English programs in the student’s field and the study program applied for. French Embassy SAFeThink scholarship programme: Humanities: You can be considered for a bursary if:
· Your field of study is in political or social sciences (international relations, sociology, public administration, peace and security, conflict studies)
· You are a citizen of South Africa or Lesotho. Unfortunately, temporary/ permanent residents and candidates from other African countries cannot be considered.
· You hold or are in the process of completing a Bachelor’s or Honour’s degree. The degree has to be completed by September 2015. –You have applied to at least 2 French universities and Master programmes. Should you be awarded a SAFeThink scholarship, you will need to provide your university admission letter by June 16 2015 – otherwise the scholarship offer will be withdrawn.
Benefits of the scholarship: 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).
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: Scholarships are awarded for the duration of one French academic year, renewable once.
Number of scholarships: The Embassy allocates around 20 scholarships per year.

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