Chinese Government Scholarship For South African Students 2018/2019

The Chinese Government is offering scholarships for South African students to study at Chinese institutions starting in the 2018/19 academic year.

The scholarship may be awarded for undergraduate (Bachelors) in the identified scarce skills, postgraduate (Masters or PhD) or non-degree Chinese language studies.

Bachelor’s degree scholarships are taught in Chinese and will only be awarded to applicants who already have the required level of Chinese proficiency (HSK 4 or above).

Preference is given to applications for postgraduate studies.

Criteria and Eligibility

  • South African citizens in good health (medical check will be required for successful applicants);
  • Strong academic record with a minimum 65% average in previous studies;
  • Availability to study in China from September 2018;
  • Demonstrated interest in China and commitment to the development of South Africa;
  • Applications in all fields of study except medicine will be considered;

Preference will be given to postgraduate applicants, previously disadvantaged applicants and applications in the following fields:

  • Biotechnology
  • Chinese language studies
  • Environment and Climate change
  • Engineering sciences
  • Maritime Studies
  • Natural and physical sciences
  • Nuclear and renewable energy
  • Space science and technology
  • Statistics
  • Telecommunication

Applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for entry into a similar programme at a South African university.
Bachelor’s applicants must have HSK 4 certificate and be willing to study in Chinese.

Education requirements and age limits:

The Chinese Government is offering scholarships for South African students to study at Chinese institutions starting in the 2018/19 academic year.

Complete the DHET application form and email it with all supporting documents to Internationalscholarships@dhet.gov.za  by 7 March 2018.

Applicants MUST apply to a Chinese university and submit proof of application or acceptance letter with their application.

All PhD applicants must identify and make contact with a supervisor at their university of choice and submit proof of this engagement with application form below.

Do not submit CVs, ID documents or any other documents not requested.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications can only be submitted by email on internationalscholarships@dhet.gov.za and must reach the DHET by the deadline of 7 March 2018.

Use the subject line: Chinese Scholarship Application, [Your surname]

Review process

Applications will be assessed by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training as follows:

Stage one:          All applications will be screened based on meeting the minimum requirements for eligibility for the scholarship.

Stage two:          Applications that pass Stage 1 will be submitted to independent reviewers between 9 and 16 March 2018 for shortlisting.

Stage three:       Applicants who pass Stage 2 will be invited to attend an interview, which will be held in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth from 19 March to 4 April 2018.

Stage four:          Nominated candidates will be informed that they have been nominated for the scholarship and requested to complete the Chinese online application as well as a medical test. Their documents will then be reviewed in China, where the final decision will be made regarding the award of the scholarship.

Nominated candidates may be given a limited amount of time to submit further documents and must complete the CSC online application form. These documents include medical tests, and/or academic assessments.

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email. Unfortunately individual explanations cannot be provided to unsuccessful applicants.

Successful candidates will be informed by 31 July 2018 and all students who accept the scholarship will be required to attend an orientation in Pretoria from 13 – 16 August 2018.

Orientation is meant to assist successful candidates with preparation for departure and provide necessary information.

Note:

Do not submit CVs, ID documents or any other documents not requested.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Enquiries:  internationalscholarships@dhet.gov.za

All applications received by the DHET will be acknowledged by email within 2 working days (after 2 January 2018). Please follow up if you do not receive an email acknowledgement.

The DHET is unable to consider any applications that are not received by 7 March 2018 or are incomplete.

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