Deadline: 24 August, 2018.

The Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences opened its doors in 2010 and has enrolled nine cohorts of doctoral students. To date, the Graduate School has awarded more than 200 doctoral scholarships to students from 18 sub-Saharan African countries, including South Africa; an average intake of 20 students per year.

Interested applicants can begin to prepare the following:

  • A letter motivating your suitability for this scholarship (no longer than one page)
  • A concept note or research proposal for your proposed study (no word limit)
  • Identify three academic references, one of which must be your Masters supervisor
  • Collate a copy of ALL your tertiary (undergraduate and postgraduate) academic records (transcripts) AND certificates. Please scan and save these documents as one file.
  • Provide proof of competency in English; i.e. English language proficiency test results or publications written in English
  • A sample of your best academic writing; either a publication or chapter from your Masters thesis (in PDF).


Application and submis​sion process

  1. Familiarise yourself with the Scholarship application documents, regulations and procedures.
  2. Download and complete all sections of the application form and prepare or obtain the required documents and references.
  3. Submit the application and supporting documents to reach the University on or before the closing date. Applications which are incomplete, hand-written and/or where documentation is missing, will not be considered.
  4. Applications should be clearly marked Graduate School Scholarship Application and should be submitted by e-mail

Sch​olarship selection process

After the closing date the Graduate School will:

  • Acknowledge receipt of the application
  • Evaluate each application and draw up a list of eligible applicants
  • Circulate the list of eligible applicants to the relevant departments and supervisors
  • Draw up a short list of applicants who qualify for the scholarship and who are recommended by the departments. Due to the overwhelming number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be notified via email.
  • After consideration by the Graduate School Board, successful candidates will be offered a scholarship in writing and will be required to respond within one week.
  • Applicants who do not receive communication from the Graduate School Office by 01 October 2018, should consider their applications unsuccessful.


Stellenbosch University will make every effort to process applications efficiently. Applicants are reminded, however, that the University accepts no responsibility for loss of communication or documents whether sent by surface mail or e-mail, to or from the University. Applicants should therefore ensure that they are contactable during all stages of the application process and should contact the Graduate School in case of uncertainty about the receipt of applications sent by postal

application deadline is 24 August, 2018

For more information and to apply, click here.

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