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Chinese Government Scholarship 2023/2024 for South African Students

The Chinese Government is offering scholarships for South African students to study at Chinese institutions starting in the 2023/24 academic year. The Department of Higher Education and Training is responsible for nominations

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Application Deadline: 30th January 2023

Eligible Countries: South Africa

To be taken at (country): China

About the Award: The scholarship is offered 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 5 or above). Preference is given to applications for postgraduate studies.

Type: Undergraduate (Bachelors), Postgraduate (Masters or PhD)


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 2023;
–    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:

  • Agriculture
    –   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 5 certificate and be willing to study in Chinese. 

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award:

The Chinese Government provides the following:

  • Chinese language studies Tuition
  • Accommodation
  • Stipend
  • Medical Insurance

The South African Government provides the following (subject to the availability of funds):
–    One return economy airfare;
–    Quarterly stipend;
–    Once-off settlement allowance;
–    Research funding (postgraduate only)
–   Visa costs;
–   Compulsory orientation programme before departure

Successful scholarship applicants will be required to sign a contract and return to South Africa upon 
completion of studies

Duration of Programme: 

Chinese language studies1-2NoneUp to 2
Doctoral degree3-41-23-6
Master’s degree2-31-22-5
Bachelor’s degree4-51-24-7

How to Apply: Complete the DHET application form and email it with all supporting documents to
[email protected] by 30 Jan 2023.

  • It is important to go through all application requirements on the Programme Webpage see link below) before applying

Visit Programme Webpage for Details

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