The British Council is the United Kingdom’s (UK) international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

The UK welcomes over 400 000 international higher education students each year, and it’s easy to see why. Sitting at the top of the world rankings, UK universities have a reputation for developing the skills that employers are looking for.

UK Student Life

Whatever aspirations bring you here, and whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, boarding school or further education college, you will learn in a safe, multicultural environment. You will be supported while you study as all UK institutions have extensive student support and welfare services you can call on. There’s also a cultural adventure on offer, from music festivals and football matches to ancient castles and vibrant nightlife.

There are several funding opportunities available for South African students seeking scholarships for studies.

Please note that the scholarships have different closing dates.

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening is the flagship scholarship programme funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. Chevening offers two types of awards: Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships.


Commonwealth Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships in South Africa are coordinated by the nominating authority which is Universities South Africa.


Canon Collins

Canon Collins Trust runs scholarship programmes in South Africa and the United Kingdom. They award scholarships independently of higher education institutions. The eligibility criteria and value of award vary between the different programmes.



FameLab 2018

Dubbed the ‘Pop Idols’ of science, FameLab strengthens science engagement, taking South African science to the world. FameLab is an initiative of Cheltenham Science Festivals and is an international competition that promotes engagement with science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation. It is implemented in over 30 countries. FameLab provides a platform for audience engagement and creates space for scientists to find their voices and develop their communication skills.

FameLab South Africa is implemented in partnership between the British Council, the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), and Jive Media Africa.

For more information and dates for the 2018 competition, please visit https://www.britishcouncil.org.za/famelab

Premier Skills

Premier Skills is a partnership between the Premier League and the British Council, which uses football as a tool to engage with and develop the skills of young people. Drawing upon the Premier Leagues’ domestic expertise, football is used to tackle a variety of social issues in the community, such as health, disability, gender, inclusion and education.

Working closely with the South African government, NGOs and local community partners, Premier Skills aims to reach grassroots football coaches from across all nine provinces. These coaches will receive face-to-face training, using highly skilled coaches and referee trainers from the Premier League and its clubs. They are then supported in developing their own community football projects.

The expert training that prospective young coaches and referees receive through Premier Skills will also help the long- term health of football in South Africa.

COSY (Creating Opportunity for South Africa’s Youth)

COSY aims to enable young people, particularly young women, in rural and semirural areas to be more active agents in achieving sustainable growth in South Africa by building their capacity to become entrepreneurs and by increasing their employability.

 Target groups: young people aged 15 – 25 years, community leaders and civil society organisations   Focus areas: Creative, digital and social enterprise   Working in four provinces and eight communities  

Hoping to reach 10 000 people, 100 leaders and 50 civil society organisations

The project is coordinated by the British Council, in partnership with Business and Arts South Africa, LifeCoUnLtd South Africa and Livity Africa.

All partners have extensive experience in different areas of youth development in South Africa.

This project is funded by the European Union.

A.S.Hornby Educational Trust

The A.S.Hornby Educational Trust scholarships are awarded every year to English language teachers from outside the UK to study for Masters in ELT at the University of Warwick.

The Trust was set up by A.S.Hornby in 1961 to support English language teaching worldwide. A.S.Hornby had a distinguished career in English language teaching and developed the Oxford Advanced Learners’ Dictionary, which is still published in its 8th edition by Oxford University Press. The Trust is a registered charity in the UK.

The scholarships fund study on the one-year Masters in TESOL at the University of Warwick.