The new Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships scheme for students to study in South Africa are open to citizens of a Commonwealth country other than South Africa.
The scholarships are for Master’s study only and are not applicable to distance learning courses. The scholarships are for new students only and cannot be used to fund a course they student have already started.
To be awarded the scholarships, the applicants would have applied for the identified study programme at the chosen university in South Africa on a full-time basis, and their undergraduate academic background should be aligned to the course they chose for Masters.
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The Queeen Elizabeth Scholarships are for students committed to creating change in their communities and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The scholarships are named in honour of Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth and ACU Patron, and are fully funded and supported by numerous Commonwealth governments. By 2025, the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship scheme will have created opportunities for up to 150 future leaders, by offering fully-funded scholarships at leading ACU member universities in low and middle income countries (LMICs) across the Commonwea... read more
The scholarships provide full tuition fees, a return economy flight, an arrival allowance and a regular stipend (living allowance).
No additional funding will be provided for applicants with families
Applicants must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country other than South Africa and must not be currently resident in South Africa
Applicants must hold an Honours degree or a four-year degree, equivalent to NQF 8 on the South African National Qualifications Framework, and with an average mark of at least 70%, and meet the minimum entry criteria of the proposed course of study
Applicants must not be a current DHET-supported scholarship recipient
Applicants must have applied for the identified study programme at the chosen university in South Africa on a full-time basis
Applicants’ academic background should be aligned to the proposed field of study
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
As well as the application form, applicants must submit the following:
A 500-word research proposal summary, containing:
Scientific elements of the proposal: research rationale, problem identification, aims and objectives of research, theoretical framework and research methodology
Social relevance of proposed study
High school certificates
Undergraduate transcripts and graduation certificate
At least one academic reference
Scan of passport or national ID card
Proof of English language ability if English is not your first language
Proof that you have applied for the relevant course at your university of choice
Please submit all the required documents above by email to [email protected]
First, you must apply for your chosen course directly with the university. Applicants are advised to arrange for their qualifications to be validated by the South African Qualifications Authority before applying to a university.