Application Deadline: August 15th 2020

Are you planning to embark on Master’s degree studies? Have you considered a career as an academic? Then the Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP) may just be for you!

The Department of Higher Education and Training is pleased to announce the implementation of Phase 1 of the Nurturing Emerging Scholar’s Programme (NESP).  The NESP is a three-year programme that includes a 2 year Master’s scholarship followed immediately by a 1-year academic internship at a recruiting South African university. 

Do you want to participate in a prestigious, structured, Post Graduate studies and development opportunity as a first step into an academic career that:

  • Enables you to register and study for a full time Master’s degree at a University of your choice;
  • Ensures that you are fully supported through a scholarship for up to a period of 2 years;
  • Enables you to take up a 1-year internship position at a South African university after completion of the Master’s Degree;
  • Ensures that you are fully supported by a mentor for the duration of your participation in the development programme;
  • Provides an opportunity for exposure through support for a possible international mobility experience; and
  • Enables you to develop your teaching and research abilities. 


To be eligible for selection for the NESP, applicants must meet the following criteria, in addition to meeting the criteria specified by the University:

  • 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 e.g. Honour’s degree;
  • Show evidence of eligibility to undertake postgraduate studies at Master’s level;
  • Commitment to placement at the recruiting University for the full 3 years of the programme (2 years of studying at any University, and 1 year of internship at the recruiting University)


12 NESP positions involving  a scholarship for Masters study at a French university, offered in partnership with the French Embassy in South Africa, and an academic internship at the recruiting South African university 

Closing date for applications: 15 May 2020

NB please consult the following – listen to this audio before you start   

List of programs available in English:

For assistance contact Campus France Pretoria Office for advice and assistance: Gail Vermaak, Campus France officer:  [email protected]


NESP positions involving a scholarship for Masters study at a South African university and an academic internship at the recruiting South African university

Closing date for applications: 15 August 2020

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the DHET Nurturing Emerging Scholar’s Programme 2020

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