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On this page you can find information about available scholarships. The information is mainly for students (also on PhD level) but some scholarship programmes also offer funding for e.g. post-doctoral researchers, and other academic and administrative staff in higher education institutions. If you are interested in the scholarship programmes mentioned on this page, be sure to check the most current information, application requirements and deadlines from the website of the programme in question. We at SANORD strive to keep this site up to date, but cannot guarantee that the information is always up to date. Please also check our current news section! 



Announcement of Brian O’Connell Scholarship Programme 2017

The SANORD Board is pleased to announce the successful candidates for Brian O’ Connell Scholarship Programme 2017.

For the announcement details please click the link: Brian O’ Connell Scholarship Programme 2017 Outcomes.pdfBrian O’ Connell Scholarship Programme 2017 Outcomes.pdf


SANORD is committed to re-direct member fees to member institutions through a funding Programme that enhances student mobility and research.



SANORD is sponsoring PARTIAL scholarship opportunities of R84 000 per applicant. Students from a SANORD member Southern African institution of higher education and research will be required to spend 3 to 5 months at a SANORD Nordic member institution.  Successful candidates are expected to engage in activities that will support the completion of the Master’s degree. The scholarship funds will be disbursed during the 2018 academic year.


Selection Criteria:

  1. Should be enrolled for a Masters’ degree at a SANORD member Southern Africa Institution.
  2. Must utilize the required knowledge to contribute towards Southern Africa’s development.
  3. Must be committed to return to the home institution to graduate.
  4. Must provide a written Letter of Acceptance from the HOST institution.
  5. Must provide evidence (Letter of support) that the HOME supervisor and the relevant Dean of the faculty supports your stay at the host institution.
  6. Must sign a binding contract with the SANORD Central Office (SCO) in line with the objectives of the programme.
  7. Must submit a report on return from the home institution to share experiences gained.


Applicants should do the following:

  1. Consult the SANORD Contact Person at your institution to get all the relevant information you will need for you application.  The Contact person will assist you to select a preferred institution who has an active Student Exchange agreement and/or a Memorandum of Understanding with your home institution. (Contact person will be the one circulating the Call)


  1. Your home supervisor must engage with the host supervisor to establish if they are willing to host you for the duration of your stay.  If the host agrees, a written Letter of Invite/Acceptance should be obtained from the host supervisor as proof.


  1. Both institutions must support your application.  A letter of support from your home institution, signed by your supervisor and Head of Department (HOD) must be submitted with your application.
  2. The funds will be paid over to your home university’s faculty account. The faculty supervisor will be responsible to make the funds available and to assist with all your travel arrangements.  


  1. You will be responsible to communicate your travel plans to SANORD Central Office timeously to ensure that the funds are available to you in time for your travel. 



Please note:  All international payments are done through the South African Reserve Bank and can take up to 2 months. 


Please view the list attached for the names of Contact Persons and institutions , and select a suitable institution from the list provided.


Partial Funding:

Students must provide a budget for the costs that will be incurred to the value of R84 000.

·         A total amount of R 84 000 could cover the following costs:

o   A return, economy class airline ticket.

o   A living allowance

o   Insurance for the period

o   Tuition fees (if fees are not subsidized by host)


All applications must be submitted online at

An email will automatically be sent to 


Due date for applications -1 September 2017

Announcement date - 30 September 2017.



1. Complete application form with all required fields.

2. Letter of Approval from your home institution either Supervisor or HOD

3. Letter of Invite from host supervisor

4. Passport with sufficient pages that will not expire within six months

Link to form:


For students, researchers and staff. 

KITE Scheme
Knowledge, Integration and Transparency in Education (KITE) is a mobility scheme for academic cooperation between higher education institutions from the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions and Europe. KITE provides scholarships for students and staff from the ACP region to carry out their study or research in selected high-quality partner institutions in the EU. The project is also open to staff from the EU to realise their mobility to ACP partner institutions. Funded by the European Commission, KITE covers travel expenses, insurance, fees and a monthly allowance for selected grant holders. >Read more about the KITE Scheme 

The Nordic Africa Institute Guest Researchers' Scholarship Programme
The purpose of the Guest Researchers' Scholarship Programme is to provide opportunities for i) scholars in Africa to pursue their own research projects strengthening the academic milieux in African countries, and ii) to provide opportunities for scholars in Sweden, Finland and Iceland to pursue their own research projects. Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply for these scholarships. The scholarship includes a return air-fare, accommodation, a subsistence allowance, an installation grant and access to a computer in a shared office at NAI. >Read more about the Guest Researchers' Scholarship Programme 

Erasmus+ grants
Erasmus+ provides grants for a wide range of actions and activities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. The programme gives opportunities to students, trainees, staff and volunteers to spend a period abroad to increase their skills and employability. It supports organisations to work in transnational partnership and to share innovative practices. >Read more on the Erasmus+ website 

Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree courses
Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree courses offer high-level Erasmus Mundus programmes at masters or doctoral level, offered by a consortium of European and non-European higher education institutions. Participants will study in at least two of the participating institutions and will be awarded a joint or double/multiple degree at the end of their studies. EU-funded scholarships cover the participation costs, travel to Europe, a living allowance and insurance. You can apply directly to the consortium, which carries out a competitive selection procedure for scholarship places, open to candidates around the world. 

INSPIRE (NB! Only South Africans eligible from Africa)
INSPIRE is an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project that grants scholarships to South African students and researchers to undertake a full degree or an exchange in some of the best universities in Europe. The project also offers scholarships for European students and researchers who wish to go to South Africa for an exchange. Scholarships include a monthly allowance, travel, insurance and tuition fees. >Read more about INSPIRE Project 

AESOP (NB! Only South Africans eligible from Africa) 
AESOP is a multidisciplinary and intersectorial Erasmus Mundus consortium co-coordinated by the University Paul Sebatier-Toulouse 3, France, and the University of Western Cape, South Africa. It is a partnership composed by 11 European and 9 South African university partners as well as six additional associate members. The grant covers a monthly subsistence allowance, travel ticket, insurance and participation cost and is available for both South African and European applicants on the Master's, Doctoral and staff level. >Read more about AESOP 

EUSA_ID (NB! Only South Africans eligible from Africa)
EUSA_ID is a mobility programme offering study, training and research periods in Europe for South African Master and PhD candidates and staff and provides European PhD candidates the opportunity to spend a research period in South Africa. The programme aims at promoting intercultural understanding and fostering institutional cooperation between European and South African HEIs . The Erasmus Mundus scholarships includes subsistence allowance, insurance coverage, participation fees and one return ticket. > Read more about EUSA_ID 

EU-SATURN (NB! Only South Africans eligible)
European - South African programme in Tuning for Regional Needs in Higher Education (EU-SATURN) is a mobility programme from the European Union that provides scholarships for South African PhDs and staff to spend a period of study or research at one of the European consortium universities. 6 and 10 months scholarships are offered to PhD students and 1 month positions for staff. Regular financial assistance will be provided as well as help with transport, insurance and applications for successful applicants at all levels. >Read more about the EU-SATURN Programme 

AXA Research Fund for Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Each year, the AXA Research Fund offers 25 Post-Doctoral Fellowships to outstanding researchers. Each grant amounts to a maximum of 130,000 euros for a duration of 24 months. To apply for these fellowships, host institutions must be registered in the AXA Research Fund's database and located within the geographical scope (reviewed on a yearly basis), e.g. European Union, Iceland, Norway, South Africa. >Read more about the AXA Research Fund for Post-Doctoral Fellowships 

ringer Ingelheim Fonds offers two scholarship programmes relevant for SANORD countries. In PhD fellowship programme, scholarships are awarded to outstanding junior scientists (max. age 27 years) who wish to pursue an ambitious PhD project of approximately 3 years in basic biomedical research in an internationally leading laboratory. The Travel Grants programme is aimed at PhD and MD students as well as postdoctoral fellows to enable their participation in short-term practical trainings and scientific courses (e.g. summer or winter schools). The Scholarships are for both Europeans working in Europe and overseas as well as students from overseas working in Europe.

Human Frontier Science Program Research Grants 
The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. The research teams must be international. The principal applicant must be from one of the eligible countries. However, other participating scientists and laboratories may be situated anywhere in the world. There are two types of grants: Young Investigators' Grants are awarded to teams of researchers who are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory and Program Grants are awarded to teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. >Read more about the HFSP Research Grants 

Off The Beaten Track 2018 - Summer Field School for Anthropologists and Social Scientists
This scholarship is aimed at budding researchers with creative and open minds towards the challenges of applied research. We offer a unique learning opportunity in a multidisciplinary research project on the isle of Gozo, Malta. Expeditions and the University of Leuven offer a 20.000 euro scholarship fund to cover part or all of the tuition fee for the 2018 Malta Summer School. Scholarships are granted on a competitive basis, based on a research proposal. For programme details please click here . For the 2018 scholarship details, please OtBT2018Scholarship.pdfOtBT2018Scholarship.pdf


There are two categories of funding for African students, staff and scholars who want to do studies or research in the Nordic countries: (i) individual scholarships and (ii) institutional partnership programmesfor education, research and mobility.  


Higher education in Demark is free for students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland. Similarly, studies as part of an exchange programme are free. Annual tuition fees are approximately 6,000-16,000 euros. 


Danish Government Scholarships for highly-qualified non-EU/EEA students
Danish higher education institutions receive a limited number of government scholarships each year to fund highly qualified full-degree students from non-EU/EEA countries. The scholarships are administered by the HEIs and for further information about the scholarship, consult the admission details of the higher education institution of your choice. 

IT University of Copenhagen MSc Scholarships
The IT University of Copenhagen offers state scholarships to 3-4 exceptionally talented MSC applicants from outside EU and EEA areas every year. The scholarships will be offered to the applicants who achieve the best scores according to the criteria in the admission rules. The scholarship consists of free tuition and partly covers living expenses. >Read more about the scholarship 

Aarhus University Building Stronger Universities (BSU) Scholarships
The Aarhus University Building Stronger Universities (BSU) scholarship programme is providing talented students from South partner universities the opportunity to obtain a Master's degree from a Danish university in order to contribute to the development of their countries. In addition to their professional studies, it is expected that the students will obtain good knowledge of the Danish society, culture and values as well as the opportunity to networking with Danish students, companies and organisations. >Read more about the scholarship ​

University of Southern Denmark BHJ Scholarships
The BHJ Scholarships are introduced for postgraduates and masters studying at the University of Southern Denmark on the Sønderborg​ campus. Each grant is for the value of DKK 40,000. The purpose of the grants is to attract more foreign students to the University of Southern Denmark's English-language courses, to give the business in the region the opportunity to recruit attractive foreign postgraduates, and to create potential ambassadors to represent the region in the world at large. The scholarships are for one year. >Read more about the BHJ Scholarship ​

Read more about studying in Denmark: Study in Denmark 


There are currently no tuition fees charged in Finland; however, tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students will be introduced from autumn 2017 onwards. At the moment, scholarships are mainly available for Doctoral/PhD-level.


CIMO Scholarships
CIMO (Centre for International Mobility) offers a number of scholarship programmes for Doctoral level studies and research at Finnish universities. They are targeted at all academic fields, with the exception of the scholarships for advanced-level degree students of the Finnish language, which are specific to that particular field. CIMO scholarships are not full scholarships, rather they are intended to work as start-up finance for young PhD students and researchers. >Read more about CIMO Scholarships 

University of Oulu Protein Science Scholarship P
e Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Oulu has established a Protein Science International Master's Scholarship Programme to provide scholarships to academically talented full-time international students who undertake the international master's in Protein Science and Biotechnology at the University of Oulu. The scholarship is meant to cover some living expenses, is for a maximum of two year and available only for non-EU/EEA applicants. The scholarship is for 4000 euros per year. >Read more about the Protein Science Scholarship Progr

University of Helsinki International Student Scholarship Grant
The grant is a start-up grant for about 50 qualified degree students who are accepted to study in an International Master's Degree Programme at the University of Helsinki. The amount of each grant will be about 1000-1500 euro. The grants are not meant to cover living expenses but to offer a little extra money to help students to settle in Helsinki. Only students who have been accepted to the University of Helsinki can apply. >Read more about the University of Helsinki grant​

The Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholars P
Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholars Programme provides an opportunity for highly qualified scholars in Russian and Eastern European studies to visit the Aleksanteri Institute and the University of Helsinki for a period of one to three months. These visits are supported with a monthly grant, which in the academic year 2015/2016 was €​3000. Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research and interact with other researchers at the Aleksanteri Institute and with the academic community at the University of Helsinki and in Finland. >Read more about the Aleksanteri Institute Pro


 Higher Education Institution Network Programmeopensup opportunities for cooperation between higher education institutions in Finland and developing countries. Funded activities are reciprocal student and teacher exchange, joint intensive courses, activities that promote networking and dissemination measures. Apart from Finnish HEIs, the programme is applicable to projects in all those countries which are eligible to ODA. >Read more about North-South-South​

The Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI ICI) supports collaboration projects between higher education institutions in Finland and developing countries. The aim of the programme is to strengthen developing country HEIs as developmentally responsive institutions by enhancing administrative, field-specific, methodological and pedagogical capacity. This purpose will be achieve through institutional cooperation between the HEIs in Finland and partner developing countries in selected result areas. >Read more about HEI ICI 

For more information about studying in Finland: Study in Finland



University of Oslo International Summer School Scholarships
University of Oslo offers scholarships to applicants from certain countries to study Master's and Bacherlor's courses offered during the International Summer School (ISS). The full scholarship may include fees, pocket money allowance and a plane ticket to and from Norway. Partial scholarships may include fees. Citizens of countries in Africa can apply for scholarships for Master's courses, citizens of EU can apply for partial Bachelor's and Master's courses. >Read more about the ISS Scholarships​


The Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED)
NORHED is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)​ and designed to stimulate productive North-South collaboration. It is intended to strengthen the institutional capacity and performance of HEIs in low and middle income countries to deliver quality education and research through joint collaborations with Norwegian partners. The NORHED programme provides support for joint research, development of new study programmes, curricula development as well as scholarships for Master's and PhD studies. >More information about the pro

Norad's Master's Programme for Energy and Petroleum (E
EnPe aims to contribute to the education of staff in the energy and petroleum sectors in Norway's selected partner countries through building capacity at the Master's level in higher education institutions in the South, including the development of regional Master's programmes. >More information about the pro

The South Africa  Norway Research Cooperation Programme (SANCOOP)
SANCOOP aims to contribute to expanded research opportunities and improve research cooperation based on equal partnership between South African and Norwegian researchers within selected thematic areas. The primary modality of cooperation is through joint research projects, including grants for exchange of project staff and post-graduate students. >More information about the p

The UTFORSK Programme (NB! Only South African institutions eligible)
The UTFORSK Programme specifically aims at linking international cooperation in education with existing international research cooperation. Norwegian higher education institutions are eligible applicants in partnership with partner institution in the BRICS countries (South Africa the only eligible African partner for the programme). Support can be given to joint activities, e.g. student and staff mobility, student participation in research activities, joint teaching and supervision, inten​sive courses etc. >More information about the pro

​For more information about studying in Norway: Study in Norway ​



To study in Sweden at undergraduate and graduate (Master's) level as a citizen of non-EU country you need to pay tuition fee which varies between different universities and different programmes. Available scholarships listed below. PhD students do not pay tuition. 

Swedish Institute Study Scholarships
​The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) are awarded to highly-qualified students from selected countries for full-time master's level studies in Sweden starting in the autumn semester (September). The scholarships cover both living costs and tuition fees. Check details about eligibility and more information about application periods from the Swedish Institute's website. > Learn more about the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships​ 

University-Specific Tuition-fee Scholarships  

Linköping University: >Scholarship for Master's P

The International Science Programme (ISP) assists low-income countries to build and strengthen their domestic research capacity and postgraduate education in the basic sciences – chemistry, mathematics and physics. ISP is also engaged in the Swedish coordination of a number of bilateral programs, as well as in other collaborations, through special agreements. ISP is a unique program and functions as a national resource. >Read more about ISP ​

Linnaeus Palme Scholarship programmefor teachers and students

Linnaeus Palme is an exchange programme for teaching staff and students at undergraduate and graduate levels. The first part, Linnaeus, enables Swedish teachers and students to study in developing countries. The second part, Palme offers teachers and students in developing countries the chance to come to Sweden. The purpose is to strengthen Swedish teaching institutions' co-operation with universities in developing countries in order to further global contacts in the university world. >Read more about the programme (page in Swedish but English documents available)

Swedish Research Links Grants
The purpose of the Swedish Research Links programme is to support the development of long-term research partnerships between Swedish researchers and researchers within low-income and lower middle-income countries. The long-term aim of the programme is to contribute to mutual scientific and socioeconomic development of the countries involved. The program is open to researchers from all academic disciplines, covering theoretical as well as empirical, basic as well as applied fields of research. As from 2015, the countries eligible for these forms of collaborative research are the low income countries and the lower-middle income countries on the OECD/DAC lis​t. >Read more about Swedish Research Links grants ​

Nordic Africa Institute Guest Researchers
The purpose of the Guest Researchers' Scholarship Programme is to provide opportunities for scholars in Africa and the Nordic countries to pursue their own research projects. The programme offers scholars access to the Institute's library and other resources. Through the programme, the Nordic Africa Institute can establish and maintain relations with and between African and Nordic research communities. >Read more about the Pro

For more information about studying in Sweden: Study in Sweden 




Nordic Africa Institute Travel Scholarship
The Nordic Africa Institute Travel Scholarships are intended for research and preparation of research projects. Research should concern development issues in Africa and emphasis is placed on social sciences (anthropology, history, economics, human geography, political sciences, sociology etc.) Scholarships are intended to cover travel expenses to Africa and to contribute to the cost of local travel and living expenses. Exceptionally, scholarships may be awarded for archive studies in Europe. MA and PhD students registered in educational programmes at Nordic universities, colleges and other research institutions in the Nordic countries are eligible for the scholarship. >Read more about the Travel Scholarship