Mauritius scholarship
Le Morne Brabant, Mauritius island (Getty Images)
  • South African students can apply for a scholarship to study in Mauritius.
  • The island nation’s Africa Scholarship Scheme includes undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • Tuition fees, living allowances and Covid-19 related expenses are made available through the scholarship programme.
  • South African applicants need to apply before 18 April through the department of higher education and training.
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The government of Mauritius has reopened its Africa Scholarship Scheme following the suspension of applications in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The scholarship programme is offered to students who are resident citizens of member states of the African Union (AU) or African Commonwealth countries.

Officially launched in 2013, Mauritius’ Africa Scholarship Scheme has offered eligible students the opportunity to study undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the country’s universities.

While the scheme spent its first years in an undermarketed, developmental phase – with approximately 80 students completing their scholarships between 2013 and 2019 – Mauritius intended to expand its full-time on-campus programme in 2020.

Part of this planned extension included appointing additional bodies that can nominate students, including South Africa’s department of higher education and training (DHET) which can process and shortlist applicants in their country of citizenship. Two application windows were opened, and eight universities were enlisted to accept students for diplomas and undergraduate degrees.

But the March scholarship intake coincided with Mauritius’ first recorded case of Covid-19 and the programme was swiftly suspended.

The call for applications was officially reopened in February 2021.

Here’s what Mauritius’ scholarship offers

The scholarship covers annual tuition fees and course-related costs of MUR 100,000 (R36,154). A monthly living allowance of MUR 12,500 (R4,519) is also afforded to successful students. Airfare to and from Mauritius will be refunded.

Covid-19 related expenses – including a compulsory 14-day quarantine and associated tests – will also be refunded through the scholarship.

These expenses will be covered so long as the student progresses through the academic programme.

Successful applicants are encouraged to arrange accommodation arrangements with their respective universities in Mauritius.

Who can apply

Undergraduate, Master’s and PhD scholarships have different application criteria. All applicants applying through the DHET do, however, need to be South African citizens, be proficient in English and meet the minimum academic requirement for entry into a similar programme at a South African university.

Undergraduate applicants must have successfully completed the National Senior Certificate examinations with a Bachelor’s pass and a minimum of 65% average mark achieved. Applicants should be above 18 years of age and should not have reached their 26th birthday at the closing date of application.

Those applying for a Master’s scholarship must have completed an Honour’s degree with a minimum of 60% average mark achieved and must be younger than 35-years-old. Additionally, these applicants will need to submit a study plan.

PhD applicants must hold a Master’s degree in the relevant field with a minimum of average mark of 60% and be younger than 40-years-old. Study plans will also need to be submitted to a HEI supervisor.

How to apply

All applicants need to apply for at least one full-time on-campus programme at a public higher education institution of their choice in Mauritius before submitting documents to the DHET. If successful, this registration fee will be refunded through the scholarship.

A full list of universities accepting Undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students as part of the scheme can be found here.

A completed DHET application form must be submitted to internationalscholarships@dhet.gov.za before 18 April 2021. Successful applicants will begin their studies in August. The form needs to include certified copies of the applicant’s:

  • Post-school qualification certificate.
  • Post-school academic transcripts.
  • Letter of conditional offer by a public Higher Education Institution in Mauritius or proof of application.

All forms must be submitted in PDF format.

Applicants who meet the criteria for the scholarship programme may be requested to attend an interview with a DHET official on 21 April.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit the Mauritius-Africa Scholarship Application Form to the DHET. These documents will need to be submitted with this form:

  • A medical certificate completed and stamped by a registered medical practitioner.
  • Certified copy of birth certificate.
  • Copy of letter of conditional offer or proof of application by a public higher education institution in Mauritius OR copy of acknowledgement notice from the HEI.
  • Supporting statement from a named supervisor (for MPhil/PhD applicants).

All documents applicable to shortlisted candidates must be submitted before 28 April 2021.

The government of Mauritius has the final say on who will be accepted to the programme and this decision will be relayed through the DHET to the applicant.

(Compiled by Luke Daniel)

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