SAFeThink Scholarship Programme, French Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa

Publish Date: Feb 12, 2016

Deadline: Mar 21, 2016

SAFeThink Scholarship Programme

Students who wish to complete a Master’s or PhD’s degree in political or social sciences (international relations, public affairs, security studies, conflict studies, human rights/ humanitarian law, development studies,…) are requested to apply for the French Embassy SAFeThink scholarship programme, that is run in cooperation with five South African think tanks (AISA, IGD, ISS, MISTRA and SAIIA).

The SAFe Think scholarship programme was launched by the Embassy of France in South Africa in 2010 with the aim of funding exceptional students wishing to undertake a Master’s degree at a French university, in all fields of human and social sciences.

Through the cooperation with five major South African think tanks, the programme also aims at strengthening the connections between South African academic institutions and think tanks and their French counterparts, specifically in the fields of human and social sciences.

SAFe Think is aimed at both South African students and Senior Researchers:

The Master Programme funds outstanding students wishing to undertake a Master’s degree at a French Higher Education Institution. Between 2010 and 2015, it has allowed 22 students from South African universities to complete their studies in France and to obtain an internationally recognized Master’s degree. The Master bursaries cover tuition fees, living costs, a roundtrip flight ticket, visa fees and full medical and social insurance.
For the 2016/2017 intake, please submit your applications before 21 March 2016, 17:00.

- Download the call for applications (here)
- Download the application form (here)
- Download the list of Master programmes taught in English (here)

The Research Programme allows PhD students and researchers to undertake a joint research project in France. Through its fellowship scheme, 6 South African senior researchers conducted joint projects with French research institutes between 2010 and 2015.
Applications are accepted throughout the year, but should be submitted at least 2 months before the envisioned departure for France.

- Download the call for applications (here)
- Download the application form (here)


Terms and conditions

Students must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree. The duration of the bursary is one year, once renewable should the student continue with the Master 2 programme. Full bursary includes visa expenses, round-trip flight tickets, social and medical insurance, tuition fees (up to a limited amount) and a monthly stipend for living expenses (partial funding may also be granted).

The deadline for applications is 21 March 2016, and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed during April 2016.

The selection procedure is carried out by the French Embassy, together with the South African Think Tanks involved in the project.

- Download the SAFeThink brochure here

If you are interested in applying for the SAFe Think Programme 2016/2017 and for any information, please give us a call (+27 (0)12 425 1716 or +27 (0)12 425 1710) or send an e-mail to

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