The Australian Government offers prestigious development scholarships to South African professionals through Australia Awards.   These comprise Masters-level study at an Australian university and Short Courses in specialised fields.   Australia Awards aim to support the leadership needs of African professionals as well as effectively focus training on areas most relevant to Africa’s development priorities.

Application Dates

Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships Masters study  open on 1 September 2018.

Australia Awards Scholarships – Master’s Level

Australia Awards Scholarships are postgraduate scholarships that lead to an academic qualification from an Australian university. 

The objective of the Awards is to provide high quality education and training to talented African professionals who will be in a position, on their return home, to make an important contribution to national or regional development.

No undergraduate scholarships are available.   

Priority areas are:  

·        Agricultural Productivity

·        Extractives

·        Public Policy (including infrastructure, economic, trade, education and social policy)

Australia Awards Short Courses

Short Courses offers opportunities for short-term post-graduate training delivered in Australia and/or in Africa for up to three months. The training targets experienced employees from African public, private and non-government organisations (civil society) in the following fields: Agriculture, Extractives and Public Policy. 

Application Process

To apply, go to:

Send questions regarding applications to:

Call for applications – ‘Ocean Management: Sustainable Fisheries and Governance’ short course.

Participants who are looking at increasing their knowledge and skills in the ‘blue economy’ are encouraged to apply for the short course in ‘Ocean Management: Sustainable Fisheries and Governance.

The short course exposes those working in marine and fishery sector workers to knowledge on:

  • managing fishery and aquaculture governance.
  • addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
  • the economic benefits from domestic fisheries.
  • foreign and high seas fisheries management.
  • developing seafood enterprises and trade through export development and harmonised African fish trade.

Participants should have a bachelor’s degree and five years’ experience in a fishery or marine related area, in the government, private or non-government sectors.  Where prior education is at a diploma level, applicants must indicate their “Master’s entry equivalent experience,” including additional relevant work experience or evidence of research. Click here for more information on the course outline.

To apply

Applications close: 4 March 2019

New Zealand

Through the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government offers scholarships to South Africans .

Application Deadline: Opens: Friday 1 February 2019 12.01 am NZ Time.

Closes: Thursday 14 March 2019 12.00 pm NZ Time.

Preference will be given to candidates who apply to study in academic disciplines relating to the following:

  • Agriculture development
  • Agri-business management, agricultural economics, agricultural systems and management, rural development, domestic supply chains and distribution, Natural Resource and Environmental Management
  • Biology, vegetable production, livestock/animal husbandry, crop management, sericulture (silk production), forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, agricultural pest management
  • Phytosanitary, bio-security, biotechnology, agricultural trade, 
  • Food production, food sciences/technology, post-harvest processing, food storage and packaging, food safety
  •  Renewable energy
  • Geothermal, solar, hydro engineering and wind energy, renewable energy distribution systems


Candidates must meet all the scholarship eligibility criteria including:
Be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing your scholarship.
Be a citizen of the country from which you are applying for a scholarship and have resided in that country for at least the last two years.
Agree to return to your home country for a minimum of two years on completion of the scholarship.

The entitlements of the Scholarship include full tuition fees, a living allowance (paid fortnightly), an establishment allowance, medical and travel insurance, travel between your home country and New Zealand at the start and end of your scholarship, home leave or reunion travel for some eligible scholars, pastoral and academic support at your institution, and assistance with research and thesis costs for most postgraduate research students.

Application Process

• Apply for an Offer of Place (admission) at your preferred one of the ten eligible New Zealand education institutions using their usual application process for international students.
• Once you receive admission to a New Zealand institution, download the New Zealand Scholarships application form and complete all sections.
• Submit 2 copies of your completed application form, with all attachments and supporting documents (including an Offer of Place) by the deadline to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Regional Contact
New Zealand High Commission,
Attention:  Scholarships, 125 Middle Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk 0181,
Pretoria, SA.

Tel: +27 12 435 9000

Please visit  for more information and opportunities