French Embassy Scholarship Programme 2017-18

French Embassy Scholarship Programme
French Embassy Scholarship Programme

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.



  • 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 (see Terms and Conditions below).
  • 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 (
  • No knowledge of French language required, depending on the availability of English programs in the student’s field and the study program applied for.


Full bursaries include:

  • annual tuition fees (within reason)
  • round-trip airfare
  • health insurance
  • a monthly stipend towards living expenses
  • Schengen visa fees

(Please note that partial bursaries may also be awarded to allow for as many students as possible to obtain funding.

The Embassy strongly encourages co-funding opportunities: If a student is able to obtain additional funding and declares this openly and honestly, it may improve the student’s chances of obtaining funding through this program).


Selection criteria:

  • 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.


Closing date: 24 March 2017

Visit the official website to learn more.