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Government of Mauritius is Offering Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships to South Africans

Application Deadline: 29 February 2024

Government of Mauritius is Offering Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships to South Africans

The Government of Mauritius is offering scholarships to eligible South Africans for full-time, on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate programmes tenable in public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Mauritius for the 2024 academic year starting in September 2024.

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is the Nominating Agency for South Africans who wish to apply for the Mauritius-Africa Scholarship Scheme. The information below is for South African applicants only. Applicants from other eligible countries should contact their government or local representative of the Government of Mauritius for information on how to apply.  

Degree Level

  • Diploma
  • Bachelor’s
  • Master’s
  • PhD

Deadlines

22 March 2024

Note: Please note that the above deadline differs from what is contained in the guidelines below due to the processing of applications and selection processes that need to be completed by the DHET as the nominating agency. Failure to submit applications and supporting documents by the above due date will result in your application not being considered. 

Who Can Apply?

General Criteria:

  •  South African citizens in good health and with a strong academic record;
  •  Candidates must have an interest in studying in Mauritius and demonstrate a commitment to the development of South Africa;
  •  Candidates must be available to study in Mauritius at the start of their academic programme in September 2024;
  •  All applicants must meet the entry criteria for their selected study programme in Mauritius;
  •  All applicants must meet the minimum academic requirement for entry into a similar programme at a South African university;
  •  All candidates must have proficiency in English;
  •  Not be in receipt of a scholarship from any other public source in Mauritius;
  •  Applicants must have already applied for full-time on-campus studies at any public Higher Education Institution in Mauritius for the academic year starting in 2024. This application must be made as soon as the HEIs have opened their application windows on their respective websites. An applicant may either:
    (a) obtain a conditional offer (letter of admission) from their chosen Mauritian public HEI and submit this along with the scholarship application: OR
    (b) submit a receipt of payment of the application fee from their chosen Mauritian public HEI along with the scholarship application;
  • Awardees should abide by latest government regulations regarding public health;
  • Awardees should abide to the protocols setup by Mauritian authorities for passengers travelling to Mauritius;
  • Applicants must be prepared to undergo a medical check-up as per the Passport and Immigration Office requirements (http://passport.govmu.org), in any public hospital in Mauritius and the test results shall be submitted to the Passport and Immigration Office, with a copy to the Ministry, not later than one month after arrival in Mauritius.

Undergraduate Scholarship Applicants:

  • Must have successfully completed National Senior Certificate with a Bachelor’s pass and a minimum of 60% average mark achieved, excluding Life Orientation subject;
  • Applicants should be above 18 years of age and should not have reached their 26th birthday by 01 January 2025;
  • Candidates already holding an undergraduate degree will not be considered.

For PhD programme:

  • Must hold an MPhil research degree or equivalent in the relevant field;
  • Direct entry will be allowed to the Higher Education Institution provided the applicants meet the requirements (indicated in Section 1.6) of the Higher Education Institution.

For MPhil or MPhil/PhD programme:

  • Must hold a recognised undergraduate degree with at least an upper second class degree (or CPA / GPA greater than 60%) and preferably with a Masters’ degree and meeting the requirement of the Higher Education Institution.
  • Applicants should not have reached 40 years of age by 01 January 2025;
  • Applicants must provide the name and written acceptance of their proposed supervisor(s). The list of research themes/research interests can be consulted from the websites of the different HEIs;
  • All applicants should submit an Abridged Research Proposal for MPhil/PhD as per format below along with their application:
    1. Proposed Title of Research;
    2. Aims/Objectives of your Research (max 200 words);
    3. Background and significance of your research (max 200 words);
    4. Brief description of Methodology, indicating clearly how you intend to conduct the research and the data collection (Max 300 words);
    5. Tentative timeframe of your study with an emphasis on data collection;
    6. Any equipment, Lab, software… that will be required;
    7. Name and contact details of identified supervisors in Mauritius
  • Applicants already holding a Ph.D. degree or its equivalent will not be considered.
  • PhD applicants are required to contact potential supervisors at the following link/emails:
For MPhil or MPhil/PhD or PhD Programme
InstitutionEntry RequirementsDurationContact
 MPhil or MPhil/PhDPhDMPhilMPhil/PhDPhD 
University of MauritiusA Bachelor with Honours with at least a 2nd Class in the relevant field or equivalentMPhil research degree or equivalent in the relevant fieldMin 24 Max 36Min 36 Max 60Min 24 Max 48List to potential supervisors for MPhil/Ph.D. studies on http://www.uom.ac.mu/Images/Files/Research/themes.pdf
University of Technology, MauritiusA Bachelor with Honours with at least a 2nd Class in the 1st Division or equivalentA Bachelor with Honours Degree and a Master’s Degree or equivalent, with at least one of the degrees being in the field of Doctoral studyMin 18 Max 30Min 36 Max 60Min 36 Max 60List to potential supervisors for MPhil/PhD studieshttps://www.utm.ac.mu/utm/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/LIST-OF-POTENTIAL-SUPERVISORS-FOR-THE-UNIVERSITY-OF-TECHNOLOGY-word-version.pdfFor any query, kindly contact Prof. C. BOKHOREE, Head of Doctoral School, hosds@utm.ac.mu
Université des MascareignesAt least an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry.An MPhil or a Master’s degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry.Min 12 Max 24Min 24 Max 42Min 24 Max 42List of potential supervisors for MPhil/Ph.D. studies at https://udm.ac.mu/staff-profileFor any query, kindly contact Dr. S. PEEROO, Head of Doctoral School, speeroo@udm.ac.mu
Mauritius Institute of Education1.      Master of Philosophy in Education, MPhil (Ed) Programme2.      Master of Philosophy in Mathematics Education, MPhil (ME) programme·        2nd Class Honours degree or above in the relevant field, which includes a dissertation/research project;·        Either a Master’s Degree in a related field with a substantial research component;Or a postgraduate award which includes the completion of a research project;Or evidence of research experience;Or professional experience, which can be considered equivalent in terms of research skills acquired and capacity for independent work.Full-time: Minimum 15 months. Maximum: 30 months. (a)Master of Philosophy in Education, MPhil (Ed) Programme –Full-timeDr Hyleen Mariaye, h.mariaye@mie.ac.mu(b) Master of Philosophy in Mathematics Education, MPhil (ME) Programme – Full-timeDr Ajay Ramful, a.ramful@mie.ac.mu

Note: Self-financing African students already studying in Mauritius are NOT eligible to apply for the same programme level where they are currently studying under this Scholarship Scheme.

What the Scholarship Offers

The Mauritius Government offers:

  •  Tuition fees and course-related costs of up to MUR 100 000;
  •  A monthly living allowance to the value of MUR 14 200 (approximately R5 300);
  •  Students will be entitled to free basic health care in public hospitals in Mauritius;
  •  Return airfare to and from Mauritius by the most economical route.

In terms of accommodation:
Awardees will have to make prior arrangements with the HEI in Mauritius regarding available accommodation facilities.

The South African Government will provide:

  • One way flight ticket to Mauritius;
  • Settlement allowance;
  • Pre-departure orientation;
  • SAQA verification of qualification;
  • Board exam fee upon graduation (where applicable).

Fields of Study for South African Applicants

Various fields of study are available at participating public tertiary education institutions in Mauritius for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  More information on study fields is available under guidelines for each study level below.

Application Process 

All applicants for the scholarship must have already applied for at least one full-time on-campus programme at a public higher education institution of their choice in Mauritius. Either a conditional offer or proof of application or an acknowledgment of application from a Mauritian HEI must be submitted together with the scholarship application. Application for university admission must be made as soon as the Mauritius institutions have opened their application windows on their respective websites. University application fees are payable.

The Department is offering support for the university application fees to the first qualifying 20 applicants who submit fully completed applications and supporting documents by Thursday, 29 February 2024. Applicants would need to pay in advance and apply for a reimbursement.

Applications for the July/September 2024 intake may be made at any of the following institutions:

For Undergraduate (diploma/degree) Programme
InstitutionTentative application windowStart of the Academic Year 2024Website to submit application
OpeningClosing
University of MauritiusJanuary 2024March 202417 June 2024 (Tentative)https://uom.ac.mu/index.php/study-at-uom/admissions/programmes-on-offer/international-applicants 
University of Technology, MauritiusNovember 2023July 202407 October 2024 (Tentative)https://admission.utm.ac.mu/Student/View/The following programmes are on offer:SNProgrammesSchool1BSc (Hons) Management – General;School of Business, Management and Finance2BSc (Hons) Accounting with Finance         – ACCA, ICAEW accredited;3BSc         (Hons)    Management (Marketing);4BSc (Hons) Management (Law);5BSc (Hons) Human ResourceManagement;6BSc         (Hons)    Banking andInternational Finance;7BA (Hons) Counselling;School of Sustainable Development and Tourism8BSc (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management;9BSc (Hons) Software Engineering;School of Innovative of Technologies and Engineering10BSc (Hons) Web Technologies11BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Network Security;12BA (Hons) Graphics Design.
Academy of Design and Innovation   http://www.adi.ac.mu
Université des MascareignesJanuary 2024April 2024Mid- August 2024www.udm.ac.mu
Mahatma Gandhi InstituteJanuary 2024March 202417 June 2024 (Tentative)By email : admissions@mgi.ac.mu
Rabindranath Tagore InstituteJanuary 2024March 202417 June 2024 (Tentative)By email : admissions@mgi.ac.mu
For MPhil or MPhil/PhD or PhD Programme
InstitutionTentative application windowIntakeWebsite to submit application
OpeningClosing
University of MauritiusJanuary 2024March 202417 June 2024 (Tentative)https://uom.ac.mu/index.php/study-at-uom/admissions/programmes-on-offer/international-applicants 
University of Technology, MauritiusNovember 2023July 202407 October 2024 (Tentative)https://admission.utm.ac.mu/Student/View/
Université des MascareignesJanuary 2024April 2024Mid-August 2024https://udm.ac.mu/phd-courses/
Mauritius Institute of EducationJanuary 2024April 2024April 2025http://apply.mie.mu

STEP ONE: Submit an application for admission to identified eligible institutions in Mauritius by the closing date.

The final due date for submission of conditional offer/proof of application 5 April 2024.

STEP TWO: Complete the Mauritius Africa Scholarship Scheme application form and email it to mauritiusapplications@dhet.gov.za no later than 22 March 2024. At this point, applicants are not required to complete section 6 (medical certificate). Applicants are requested to make sure they utilise the correct application form for their level of study.

The following documents MUST accompany the completed application form:

  •  Certified copy of the birth certificate (if you do not have a birth certificate, an affidavit stating so will be required);
  • Certified copy of Identity Document;
  • Certified copy of biodata page of the passport;
  •  Certified copies of all post-school academic transcripts and qualification certificates;
  •  Copy of letter of conditional offer by a public Higher Education Institution in Mauritius (if available at time of application) OR proof of application/ copy of acknowledgment notices from a Mauritian public HEI that the application has been made;
  •  All postgraduate (Master’s and Ph.D.) applications must attach an abridged research plan, including research aims and objectives, methodology, and social relevance of the proposed study. Please refer to the guidelines for information about the study plan.

All documents submitted must be clear and in PDF format (no photographs of documents will be accepted).

STEP THREE: Shortlisted applicants may be required to complete an online questionnaire that will be sent in due course.

Following receipt of the online questionnaire, there will be further shortlisting of applicants going into the next round of selection who may be invited to attend an interview between 01 – 05 April 2024. Successful applicants from the interviews will be informed by 10 April 2024 of the next steps.

ONLY nominated applicants will be requested to submit the medical certificate completed and stamped by a Registered Medical Practitioner in Section 6 of the Mauritius-Africa Scholarship application form. Applicants should be prepared to pay for the medical checkup. The fully completed application document (including section 6) should be submitted to the DHET by no later than 15 April 2024.

STEP FOUR: Nominated applicants will be informed of their final nomination and their application will be further reviewed by the Government of Mauritius and the final decision on the successful applicants will be made.

 Contact

 All inquiries should be sent to: mauritiusapplications@dhet.gov.za

Documents and links

Call for Applications

Guidelines for Applicants  – Undergraduate degree 2024 

​​Application Form for Undergraduate Programmes

​Guidelines for Applicants PhD

Application Form Postgraduate 2024

Note

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 by contacting the South African Qualifications Authority and the relevant professional bodies. 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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