ad horizontal

Scholarships to Study in South Africa

South African universities offer various scholarships to its students. There are also Grants and scholarships offered by the Indian Government for deserving students.

Given below is the information of various grants and scholarships offered to students, studying in South Africa


K.C.Mahindra Scholarships For Indian Students

Scholarships For Post-Graduate Studies Abroad

New Scholarships worth 24 lacs for 3 K.C. Mahindra Fellows

The trustees of K. C. Mahindra Education Trust offer interest-free loan scholarships to Indian nationals for post-graduate studies abroad in various fields. Applications are invited for the K. C. Mahindra Scholarships for Post-Graduate Studies Abroad for the year 2011.

The Trust has introduced new scholarships worth  24 lacs for 3 top K. C. Mahindra Fellows. The maximum amount for this scholarship will be  8 lacs per student and the minimum amount wi!l be  5 lacs per student. For the rest of the students the maximum amount for scholarship will be 95,000.

Applicants for these scholarships are required to satisfy the following conditions:

  • Applicants must possess a FIRST CLASS degree or an equivalent diploma of the same standard from a recognized Indian university
  • Applicants must have secured admission or have applied for admission in reputable foreign universities for courses commencing from September, 2011 but not later than February, 2012
  • Candidates studying in the FINAL YEAR of the degree or diploma courses are also eligible to apply provided they produce their Final Year Certificate before end June, 2011.

Application forms can be collected from K.C. Mahindra Education Trust, Cecil Court, 3rd Floor, Near Regal Cinema, Mahakavi Bhushan Marg, Mumbai – 400 001, or downloaded from and submitted in the prescribed format. Prescribed application forms duly filled in by the applicants together with necessary enclosures must reach the Trust Office before 31st March, 2011.

The final interview of the candidates will take place in the month of July, 2011. The interview date will be intimated to the selected candidates by the end of May, 2011.


Award of LSFI Scholarships (Overseas) for Indian Students

These scholarships are instituted by the Life Science Foundation India with the objective to encourage scholars to demonstrate their ability and intellectual excellence in their chosen areas of specialization. Every year applications will be invited from outstanding students, working persons for Studying / Training / Visiting at any of the foreign Educational Institutes / Universities / Colleges / Centres. These scholarships are not for attending any Scientific meetings / Conferences overseas.

The interested candidates must possess good academic record from any stream of subject / discipline (not less than 50%). Candidates must be between the age of 16 and 38 years, and is relaxed up to the age of 43 years in case of female and reserved candidates. The candidates who have already on-roll / applied / planned for Study / Training / Visiting in any Foreign Educational Institutes / Research Centers / Universities / Colleges are all eligible. Both full time students and working persons are eligible.

Details Of The Award
These scholarships are a kind of financial assistance without any interest. Overseas scholarships are instituted only to encourage needy students / working class persons to pursue / continue their academic goals. The scholarship shall be awarded either full or part to cover any of the expenses (academic / living / travel etc.) for one year or a maximum of two years. The recipients shall return the same amount of scholarship in case selected and availed after two years of completion of studies / employment. Our organization will not be responsible for securing admission / visa etc. The decision and recommendation of the duly constituted selection committee on the number, amount of scholarships etc. shall be final.

Mode Of Application
Interested candidates should apply in the prescribed application form. Application forms and other information etc. can be obtained from the LSFI office either personally or on written request accompanied by a self-addressed stamped (Rs.10/-) envelope (27cm x 12cm). The same information and forms may be downloaded from our website: ( Duly completed and signed applications may be submitted on or before 31st January.

Further Querries
May be sent by land Post to “Executive Director, Scholarship (Overseas) Section” or may send an email to [email protected] by mentioning “Scholarships Overseas” in the subject space.

Important Dates
– Obtaining & submission of prescribed application forms : 1st November – 31st January
– Final result announcement: 30th March
– Availing scholarship (For successful candidates) : on or before 31st December

The National Research Foundation (NRF)

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and The Joint Science and Technology Research Cooperation of South Africa and India offers The SA/India Research Programme for the year 2010/11 in South Africa
Under the framework of the South Africa-India inter-governmental bilateral agreement on cooperation in the fields of science and technology signed in 1995, a new programme of cooperation has been agreed for the years 2011 to 2013. Under this Programme of Cooperation we are pleased to announce the call for joint research project proposals between South African and Indian scientists / researchers, and invite all local scientists/ researchers wishing to participate, to submit their proposals by the due date indicated below.

South African and Indian scientists / researchers.

How to Apply
Researchers wishing to participate to submit their proposals by 15 August 2010.
Applications should be submitted electronically to [email protected]

Contact Address:

Programme Related Queries
Mr Siyabonga Kohli
Programme (IRC)
National Research Foundation
Tel: +27 12 481-4356
Email: [email protected]

Grant and technical Related Queries
Mr Raven Jimmy
National Research Foundation
Tel: +27 12 481-4069
Email: [email protected] 

Student Loans

All of South Africa’s major banks offer student loans, both to South Africans and to non-South Africans with valid study permits. Bank loans, unlike NSFAS loans, will also cover studies at a private institution.

When applying for a bank loan, you will have to show proof of registration at an educational institution. You’ll also need somebody, such as a parent or guardian, to sign surety for you.

Although you will only need to start repaying your bank loan once you’ve completed your studies, you will need to keep up the interest payments throughout the term of the loan.

Related Links

ad horizontal