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The Government of Russia is offering scholarships for South African nationals to study at Russian institutions.

The scholarship is offered for Bachelor’s, Masters and PhD degrees.

Scholarship recipients are required to undertake a preparatory course related to their field of study (including language training) for one year before pursuing their degree studies.

Only after passing the examinations of the college preparatory course can they start their degree studies.

The Department of Higher Education and Training is responsible for nominations for this scholarship, however the placement of candidates at institutions is done by the Russian Ministry of Science and Education.

Who can apply? 

  • South African citizens in good health (medical test are required for successful applicants);

  • Have a strong academic record
    • Bachelor’s applicants should have a minimum 60% average in their National Senior Certificate (excluding LO)
    • Postgraduate applicants should have a minimum average of 60% in their previous studies;

  • Be available to study in Russia from September 2023;
  • Demonstrated interest in Russia and commitment to the development of South Africa;

  • Applications in all fields of study except Medicine will be considered;
  • Preference will be given to postgraduate applicants and previously disadvantaged applicants; and

  • Applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for entry into a similar programme at a South African university.

Degree level

  • Bachelor’s
  • Master’s
  • PhD

Language of Instruction

MOST programmes are taught through the Russian language medium and a preparatory course related to the field of study is included in the scholarship.

Only after passing the examinations of the college preparatory course can they start their degree studies.

Some Russian higher education institutions may conduct programmes in English, but placement in an English-taught programme is not guaranteed.

Institutions and Programmes

Most programmes are taught in the Russian language.

Applicants are required to do their own research into available programmes, institutions and programme-specific entrance criteria.

Details on the program can be found on https://education-in-russia.com/

Applicants are also encouraged to apply directly to their university of choice in Russia. PhD applicants are encouraged to make contact with potential supervisors.

Studies must be completed within the duration of the scholarship.

Scholarship Conditions

The Russian Government provides the following:

  • Registration and tuition fees
  • Accommodation subsidy (shared accommodation only)
  • Limited monthly stipend (depending on academic performance)

The Department will cover the following:

  • Return flight tickets to your host country
  • Visa costs and facilitation with the Embassy

  • A once-off settlement allowance
  • A monthly stipend

  • A mid-term flight for qualifying applicants
  • SAQA verification of qualification

How to apply

Candidates are expected to complete two application forms:

Only applicants who complete both applications can be considered for the DHET nomination process and scholarship support.

Applicants must indicate one academic programme and three preferred Russian institutions, based on the list provided at https://education-in-russia.com

Supporting Documents Checklist


  • Do not submit CVs, ID documents or any other documents not requested.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Applications can only be submitted by email on [email protected] and must reach the DHET by the deadline of 6 APRIL 2023

The Russian Government online application must be completed by no later than 6 APRIL 2023

Use the subject line: Russian Scholarship Application, [Your surname]

All applications received by the DHET will be acknowledged by email within 3 working days. Please follow up if you do not receive an email acknowledgement after this time.

The DHET is unable to consider any applications that are not received by 6 APRIL 2023 or that are incomplete.

Review process

Stage one:          All applications will be screened based on meeting the minimum requirements for eligibility for the scholarship.

Stage two:          Applications will be ranked according to academic performance and a limited number of applications will move forward to Stage Three.

Stage three:       Applicants who pass the second stage will be invited to attend an online interview. Candidates who cannot be contacted on the phone number provided will be disqualified.

Stage four:         Nominated candidates will be informed that they have been nominated for the scholarship and requested to do a medical test. Their documents will then be reviewed in Russia, where the final decision will be made regarding the award of the scholarship.

Nominated candidates may be given a limited amount of time to submit further documents. These documents include medical tests, and/or academic assessments.

Institutions in the host country may also require online or telephone interviews. You will be advised accordingly.

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email. Unfortunately individual explanations cannot be provided to unsuccessful applicants. Successful candidates will also be notified by email.

Documents and links


All enquiries should be sent to [email protected] 


Please note that this opportunity is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions and are responsible for ensuring that the qualifications will be recognised in South Africa.

If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above.

No additional financial support will be provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

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