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Scholarships to Study Abroad in South Africa

The Margaret McNamara Education Grant was set in motion to commemorate Margaret Craig McNamara, a female activist who wanted to invest in women’s education as a means of reducing poverty and stimulating economic growth. 

ELIGIBILITY: This scholarship is open to females that are studying either part-time or full-time at one of the following universities: University of Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch, University of Pretoria, and University of the Free State.

AWARD: Recipients will be awarded around $9,500 USD.

DEADLINE: September of each year. Learn more by clicking the button below.

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The Mandela Rhodes Foundation was created with the purpose of building strong leadership in Africa. Since 2005, this scholarship has provided excellent educational and training opportunities to help create a network of well-rounded leaders across the continent. 

ELIGIBILITY: This scholarship is open to citizens from all African countries who are enrolled in postgraduate programs at South African universities or tertiary universities. Applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 29 and possess an undergraduate degree with above average academic results.

AWARD: Recipients will be awarded either full coverage of a one-year Honors degree or full coverage of a two-year Masters degree. This coverage includes tuition and registration fees, allowances for study materials, research, health insurance, accommodation, meals, personal allowances, and economy class travel.

DEADLINE: April of each year. Learn more by clicking the button below. 

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistant programs. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, in order to promote mutual understanding through direct engagement in the community.

ELIGIBILITY: These scholarships are open to candidates who hold an excellent academic record in their postgraduate studies, possess strong leadership skills, and have a high sense of social commitment. Further eligibility varies depending on the scholarship.

AWARD: Recipients will be awarded round trip international airfare, a monthly stipend, health insurance, and assistance in the visa application process.

DEADLINE: The deadline varies each year. Learn more by clicking the button below.

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The University of Cape Town has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation in order to provide academically talented young people from economically disadvantaged communities in Africa with access to quality university education.

ELIGIBILITY: This scholarship is open to citizens of all African countries who are academically talented, economically disadvantaged, committed to giving back, and committed to embracing ethical leadership and making a positive change in their home communities. Further eligibility varies between the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. 

AWARD: Recipients will be awarded 100% fee waivers for their tuition, travel, living expenses, medical aid, and accommodation. 

DEADLINE: April 30,2022. Learn more by clicking the button below.

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The University of Cape Town offers scholarships each year to international and refugee students pursuing Honors, Masters, or Doctoral degrees. These scholarships were put in place to relieve students of financial burden, thus making them free to pursue higher education. 

ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility varies between programs.

AWARD: Honors recipients will be awarded R25,000, Masters recipients R30,000, and Doctoral recipients R35,000. This money is renewable annually if applicants maintain satisfactory academic scores. 

DEADLINE: September of each year. Learn more by clicking the button below. 

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The University of Witwatersbrand offers several scholarships to help financially support their talented students. These scholarships are based on academic merit and are very competitive, so other external scholarships are also listed on the website for students to consider.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility varies depending on the scholarship.

AWARD: Recipient awards range between R3,000 and R110,000 depending on the scholarship.

DEADLINE: The deadline varies depending on the scholarship and time of enrollment. Learn more by clicking the button below.

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The Boren Scholarships are an initiative of the National Security Education Program. They provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students who wish to study a language in an underrepresented study abroad country.

ELIGIBILITY: These scholarships are open to U.S. citizens planning an overseas program in one of the select countries. (South Africa is listed)

AWARD: Recipient awards range between $8,000 and $25,000 USD depending on the chosen program.

DEADLINE: The deadline varies depending on the program and time of enrollment. Learn more by clicking the button below.

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The University of Pretoria offers this prestigious one-year intensive course, where 25-30 exceptional individuals will spend six months at Pretoria and six months at one of their 12 partner universities located across Africa. The students will be taught by eminent lecturers in the field of human rights and undergo many practical training exercises.

ELIGIBILITY: This scholarship is open to citizens of all African countries who possess either a first degree in Law or an Honors degree relevant to Human Rights. 

AWARD: Recipients will be awarded 100% fee waivers for tuition, accommodation and program activities.

DEADLINE: July of each year. Learn more by clicking the button below. 

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Last update: 24 May 2022