Each year, China provides 100 or so Chinese Government Scholarships to South African nationals. The Chinese Government Scholarship is open to students at all academic levels from Bachelor’s program and up, and in whatever disciplines and subject areas in 289 of China’s best universities.

Applicants will need to go through the Department of Higher Education and Training’s International Scholarship Service. The Embassy will select among the recommended candidates to nominate to the China Scholarship Council in Beijing.

Apart from the Chinese Government Scholarship, there are also scholarships provided by the local governments, universities and companies through the universities.

Right now, there is a central hub where you can access these scholarships, that is the China Scholarship Council web site at Click the button “Scholarship Application for Students” at the center right of the page, you will be directed to the Chinese Government Scholarship Information System. By registering with the system, you will be able to apply all Chinese government scholarships offered either through the Chinese Embassy in your home country or the Chinese universities.

 You will have a better opportunity of getting the scholarship if you are already admitted by a Chinese universityAll Chinese government scholarship program information is available on the China Scholarship Council web site at also. 

You can search by universities and regions in China, you can also search by categories and programs, by clicking the “Universities and Programs” column. In this way, you will be able to match your interest with programs in Chinese universities.

You can also apply for scholarships from the local governments and universities through the universities directly. You can browse the scholarships under the “Scholarships” column to find detailed information on particular scholarships to how to apply. These scholarships might have specific requirements on the field and level of study.

Chinese academic year usually begins in September, so the application process usually begins in early February and ends in late April or Early May. You will usually be notified in later June or Early July to prepare for the visa application and other matters prior to your departure for China.

Complete the DHET application form and email it with all supporting documents to by 15 March 2019.

Applicants MUST apply to a Chinese university and submit proof of application or acceptance letter with 
their application.

All PhD applicants must identify and make contact with a supervisor at their university of choice and 
submit proof of this engagement with application form.