The French Embassy scholarship program offers grants to facilitate in the international academic and scientific mobility of South African and non-South African researchers to French Higher Education institutions.

The program offers the opportunity for doctoral students to integrate into French establishments for specified time periods in order to participate in collaborative research as part of their doctoral research project. This program forms part of the commitment between France and South Africa to establish fruitful partnerships between the universities while building a vast network of academic and professional contacts.

Grants are awarded for a stay in France of 3 to 6 months per year, renewable for up to three years. Grants only cover the expenses for the student during his or her stay in France. The duration of the grant is one year, once renewable should the student elect to continue with the Master 2 programme.

Worth of Award
Funding can be offered to cover some or all of the following expenses during the
stay in France:

  • round-trip airfare
  • health insurance
  • a monthly stipend towards living expenses
  • Schengen visa fees


  • Double Registration for PhD at a South African and French institution (a “co-tutelle”
  • Cooperation agreement between South African supervisor and French co-supervisor,
    supporting the proposed research project.
  • Applications from all academic disciplines will be considered.
  • No knowledge of French language required provided the student will be able to conduct research in English.Applications for partial grants based on a co-funding agreement will be favoured.

Selection criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Coherence of motivation and career plan – motivation letter reflecting academic,
    professional and personal objectives and experiences with reasons for academic program and institution choice
  • Relevance of research proposed
  • Full support from the French co-supervisor

Deadline: no deadline for applications: Applications are open throughout 2018.
It is however advisable that students submit their applications as early as possible due
to limited funding.

Click here for more details and to apply
Click here to download application form

Subscribe to our newsletter!
Clicking "Subscribe me" is successful, even if you don't see any confirmation here