The French Embassy attracts hundreds of students at the annual SAIIA-KAS Careers Evening

The French Embassy was invited by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) to exhibit during the SAIIA-KAS Careers Evening on 12 August 2015. The annual event, held at WITS University, provides Humanities students with an introduction to the career opportunities available to them after graduation.

Hundreds of students from various universities visited our booth, showing their strong interest in studying in France. Together with Campus France South Africa, the French Embassy provided them with all the relevant information on higher education and scholarship programs. A full summary is available below.

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Photo credits: South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)
http://www.saiia.org.za/…/annual-saiia-kas-international-ca…
Twitter: @SaiiaKasCareers
Facebook : SaiiaKasCareersEvening

Masters scholarships

1. Opportunities offered by the Embassy of France in South Africa (call open from November 2015 to March 2016)

Full bursary includes visa expenses, round-trip flight tickets, social and medical insurance, tuition fees (up to a limited amount) and a monthly stipend for living expenses (partial funding may also be granted). The duration of the bursary is one year, once renewable should the student continue with the Master 2 programme. Students must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree.

Master scholarships in humanities, social science, economics and politics (SAFeThink)
Master scholarships in all others fields of study

2. Research opportunities and grants offered by other organisations

Different French organisations and research institutions offer grants in the fields of science and technology: click here for regular updates.

The European Union offers different funding schemes:

  • Erasmus Mundus Action 1 offers fellowships for Joint Masters (studies must be carried out in at least two countries participating in the program, with a possible mobility in a partner country)
  • Erasmus Mundus Action 2offers grants for academic exchanges in various areas
  • Erasmus+ offers Master loans, study mobility, traineeship mobility

Campus France’s grant search engine, CampusBourses, delivers instant information on financial grants from national and local governments, corporations, foundations, and institutions of higher education.

PhDs and research scholarships

1. Opportunities offered by the Embassy of France in South Africa

• Short term mobility for researchers and doctoral candidates in humanities, social sciences, economics and politics (SAFeThink) :
The SAFeThink programme offers research grants for doctoral candidates and researchers in the field of political and social sciences to carry out a 4 to 10 weeks research project at a French partner institution. The grants cover a round-trip flight ticket, health insurance, a monthly stipend towards living expenses and Schengen visa fees.

PhD research grants for co-supervision (“co-tutelle”) agreements
Research grants for doctoral candidates enrolled in a co-supervision programme: grants of 3 to 6 months per year, with an option of renewing it for the following 2 years. The grant includes a round-trip flight tickets, social and medical insurance and a monthly stipend towards living expenses, as well as Schengen visa expenses. A cotutelle agreement must be signed between the SA and the French institution.

2. Research opportunities and grants offered by other organisations

Different French organisations and research institutions offer PhD and research grants in the fields of science and technology: click here for regular updates.

PhDinFrance is an online platform that presents PhD and research programmes from various universities and engineering schools in France.

• The European Union offers different doctoral and post-doctoral grants:
Erasmus Mundus Action 1 offers fellowships for Joint Doctorates (funding to foreign students, generally for 36 months, for a doctoral training supervised by a joint administration and leading to a joint, double or multiple degree).
Erasmus Mundus Action 2offers grants for academic exchanges in various areas

Campus France’s grant search engine, CampusBourses, delivers instant information on financial grants from national and local governments, corporations, foundations, and institutions of higher education.

How to find a program?

Explore the directories of Bachelor, Master or PhD programs offered by French institutions (you can access the webpage in English and refine your search by field of study or region for example – see a screenshot here).

• Most of the programs offered in French institutions are taught in French – this is why most programs’ names are in French in the database. Don’t be scared, you don’t need to be fluent in French to study in France! You can begin to learn some basics of the language, as French universities generally require the B2 level to enter a program - please contact Alliance Française to know further about French-language courses and tests offered throughout South Africa. At your arrival, you will then have access to extensive French classes. In the end, you should be able to speak and write French on a daily basis. Facile !

• Campus France also provides a catalog of postsecondary programs taught in English and which includes nearly 700 programs designed for English-speaking students. The list of programs taught in English in the SAFeThink fields of study is available here.

Where to begin?

Explore the diversity of France higher education institutions! France’s 83 public universities are funded by the national government, which closely regulates the degrees granted by the universities. This system allows the universities to offer students an excellent education at a very affordable price (per year: €183 for licence programs, €254 for master’s programs, €388 for doctoral programs). France also has 230 schools of management (€3000 to €10 000 per year) and 250 schools of engineering. Through the Campus France directory, you can access this large choice of institutions and choose the courses, the region and the city you prefer.

Apply to French institutions programs. Don’t hesitate to contact the universities by email or phone to help you in the registration process. Please note that to be eligible to the Embassy scholarships, you will have to apply to at least 2 French universities programmes.

Try your luck by applying to scholarship opportunities!

Further information: http://www.ambafrance-rsa.org/-Studying-in-France-

publie le 27/08/2015

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