Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP) for South Africans 2022

Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP) for South Africans 2022

Deadline: August 5, 2022

Applications for the Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP) 2022 are now open. 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.

Scholarships are awarded in the following fields:

  • Marine Science Physical-Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Information and communication technology
  • Statistics


The scholarship covers:

  • 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.


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)


Applicants must submit an online application via the dedicated platform:

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
    • Marine Science Physical-Oceanography
  • Central University of Technology
    • Physics
  • Durban University of Technology
    • Chemistry
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology
    • Information and communication technology
  • Walter Sisulu University
    • Statistics

For more information, visit NESP.


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