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Eligibility criteria

  1. ​Scholarships are intended for students who wish to undertake a study programme to obtain a doctoral degree in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University, and who therefore are in possession of the necessary qualifications for admission to a doctoral degree in this Faculty.
  2. Applicants must have completed a Masters degree or an equivalent recognised by Stellenbosch University before they can be admitted to doctoral study. As a rule a minimum average of 65% should have been obtained in their previous qualifying degree or study in order to be eligible for the scholarship. The University will decide, in its sole discretion, whether any particular qualification or degree is sufficient to satisfy the admission criteria for the doctoral degree and for the award of the scholarship.
  3. Applicants must be citizens of an African country, which includes South Africa. Successful foreign students must be in possession of a valid study permit in order to register at Stellenbosch University at the commencement of the programme.
  4. Applicants must be available, and have approved study leave, for full-time study over a period of three years in Stellenbosch starting mid-January of the first year of the award, reasonable vacation periods accepted.
  5. Unless on sabbatical or leave approved for the purposes of taking up this full-time scholarship, the scholarship holder may not be involved in any form of salaried employment during the tenure of the scholarship without permission of the Graduate School.
  6. Applicants must have an adequate command of spoken and written English, as the correspondence, courses, seminars and other activities of the Graduate School will, as a rule and in view of the presence of foreign students especially at the doctoral level, be transacted in English. The use of languages other than English for the submission of written work will be acceptable, subject to the availability of academic staff members capable of supervising and examining the work submitted in such languages.