Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP) international scholarship 2022

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The Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP), offered in partnership with the French Embassy in South Africa, is a national programme aimed at supporting South African prospective academics to pursue Master’s degrees in areas of need at a Public French university for a period of 2 years followed immediately by a 1-year academic internship at a recruiting South African university.

Degree level: Masters

Deadline for applications: 5 August 2022

Who can apply?

In addition to meeting the criteria specified by the University, applicants must:

       –   Show interest in becoming an academic;

       –   Be 35 years or younger;

       –   Be a South African citizen;

       –   A minimum average of 65% attained in an appropriate Level 8 qualification;

       –   Show commitment to placement at the recruiting South African University for the full 3 years of the programme (2 years studying at any French public university, and 1 year of internship at the recruiting South African university)

Fields of Study

 –   Marine Science Physical-Oceanography

 –   Physics

 –   Chemistry

 –   Information and communication technology

 –   Statistics

What the scholarship offers

  –    Cost of registration and tuition for the Master’s degree;

  –    Guidance and mentorship;

  –    Assistance with potential international mobility experience;

 –     Enhancing your research and teaching abilities;

 –     A year of internship in South African University after completion of the Master’s degree.

Application process

Applicants must submit an online application via the dedicated platform:

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

1.1 Marine Science Physical-Oceanography

Central University of Technology

1.2 Physics

Durban University of Technology

1.3 Chemistry

Mangosuthu University of Technology 

1.4 Information and communication technology

Walter Sisulu University

1.5 Statistics 


For further enquiries, please contact NESP via email at [email protected]

Documents and links

NESP website

Application to CPUT for Marine Science Physical-Oceanography position 

Application to CUT – Physics position

Application to DUT – Chemistry position

Application to MUT – Information and Communication Technology position

Application to WSU – Statistics position


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