The Government of Mauritius is offering scholarships to eligible South Africans for full-time, on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate programs tenable in public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Mauritius for the 2023 academic year starting in August/September 2023.

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is the Nominating Agency for South Africans who wish to apply for the Mauritius-Africa Scholarship Scheme. The information below is for South African applicants only. Applicants from other eligible countries should contact their government or local representative of the Government of Mauritius for information on how to apply. 

Degree Level





Note: Please note that the above deadline differs from what is contained in the guidelines below due to the processing of applications and selection processes that need to be completed by the DHET as the nominating agency. Failure to submit applications and supporting documents by the above due date will result in your application not being considered. 

Who Can Apply?

General Criteria:

  •  South African citizens in good health and with a strong academic record;
  •  Candidates must have an interest in studying in Mauritius and demonstrate a commitment to the development of South Africa;
  •  Candidates must be available to study in Mauritius at the start of their academic program in August/September 2023;
  •  All applicants must meet the entry criteria for their selected study program in Mauritius;
  •  All applicants must meet the minimum academic requirement for entry into a similar program at a South African university;
  •  All candidates must have proficiency in English;
  •  Not receive a scholarship from any other public source in Mauritius;
  •  Applicants must have already applied for full-time on-campus studies at any public Higher Education Institution in Mauritius for the academic year starting in 2023 (proof of application is required by 15 May 2023);
  • Awardees should abide by the latest government regulations regarding vaccination against COVID-19;
  • Awardees should abide by the protocols set up by Mauritian authorities for passengers traveling to Mauritius;
  • Applicants must be prepared to undergo a medical check-up as per the Passport and Immigration Office requirements (, in Mauritius and the test results shall be submitted to the Passport and Immigration Office, with a copy to the Ministry, not later than one month after arrival in Mauritius.

Undergraduate Scholarship Applicants:

  •  Must have successfully completed National Senior Certificate with a Bachelor’s pass and a minimum of 60% average mark achieved, excluding Life Orientation subject;
  •  Applicants should be above 18 years of age and should not have reached their 26th birthday by 01 January 2024;
  •  Candidates already holding an undergraduate degree will not be considered.

For MPhil / Ph.D. program:

  •  Ph.D. applicants must already hold a Master’s in research or an equivalent degree in the relevant field with a minimum of 60% average mark achieved;
  •  Applicants should not have reached 40 years of age by 01 January 2024;
  •  Applicants must provide the name and written acceptance of their proposed supervisor(s). The list of research themes/research interests can be consulted from the websites of the different HEIs;
  •  All applicants should submit an Abridged Research Proposal for MPhil/Ph.D. as per the format below along with their application 1
  • Title of Research
  •   2
  • Aims/Objectives of your Research (max 200 words)
  •   3
  • Background and significance of your research (max 200 words)
  •   4
  • The proposed budget for your research
  •   5
  • Brief description of Methodology, indicating clearly how you intend to
  • conduct the research and the data collection (Max 300 words)
  •   6
  • Tentative timeframe of your study with an emphasis on data collection.
  •   7
  • Any equipment, Lab, and software that will be required  
  •   8
  • Name and contact details of identified supervisors in Mauritius  
  • Applicants already holding a Ph.D. degree or its equivalent will not be considered.
  • Ph.D. applicants are required to contact potential supervisors at the following link/email:



   University of Mauritius


  University of Technology, Mauritius




  Note: Self-financing African students already studying in Mauritius are NOT eligible to apply for the same program level where they are currently studying under this Scholarship Scheme.

What the Scholarship Offers

The Mauritius Government offers:

  •  Tuition fees and course-related costs of up to MUR 100 000;
  •  A monthly living allowance to the value of MUR 14 200 (approximately R5 300);
  •  Students will be entitled to free basic health care in public hospitals in Mauritius;
  •  Return airfare to and from Mauritius by the most economical route.

The South African Government will provide:

  • One-way travel to Mauritius;
  • Settlement allowance;
  • Pre-departure orientation;
  • SAQA verification of qualification;
  • Board exam fee upon graduation (where applicable).

Fields of Study for South African Applicants

Various fields of study are available at participating public tertiary education institutions in Mauritius for undergraduate and postgraduate programs.  More information on study fields is available under the guidelines for each study level below.

Application Process 

All applicants for the scholarship must have already applied for at least one full-time on-campus program at a public higher education institution of their choice in Mauritius. Either a conditional offer or proof of application or an acknowledgment of application from a Mauritian HEI must be submitted together with the scholarship application. Application for university admission must be made as soon as the Mauritius institutions have opened their application windows on their respective websites.

Applications for the August/September 2023 intake may be made at any of the following institutions:

   For Undergraduate (diploma/degree) Programme


  University of Mauritius

January 2023

May 2023


  University of Technology, Mauritius


  Academy of Design and Innovation


  Université des Mascareignes


  Mahatma Gandhi Institute


  Rabindranath Tagore Institute


  Mauritius Institute of Training and Development


  Polytechnics Mauritius Ltd


  Mauritius Institute of Education


  Ph.D. applicants are requested to contact potential Supervisors on the following link/emails.




  University of Mauritius


  University of Technology, Mauritius




  STEP ONE: Apply for admission to identified eligible institutions in Mauritius by 15 April 2023.

The final due date for submission of conditional offer/proof of application is 15 May 2023.

STEP TWO: Complete the Mauritius Africa Scholarship Scheme application form and email it to no later than 15 April 2023. At this point, applicants are not required to complete section 6 (medical certificate). Applicants are requested to make sure they utilize the correct application form for their level of study.

The following documents MUST accompany the completed application form:

  •  Certified copy of the birth certificate;
  •  Certified copy of the biodata page of the passport;
  •  Certified copies of all post-school academic transcripts and qualification certificates;
  •  Copy of letter of conditional offer by a public Higher Education Institution in Mauritius (if available at time of application) OR proof of application/ copy of acknowledgment notices from a Mauritian public HEI that the application has been made;
  •  All postgraduate (Master’s and Ph.D.) applications must attach an abridged research plan, including research aims and objectives, methodology, and social relevance of the proposed study. Please refer to the guidelines for information about the study plan.

All documents submitted must be clear and in PDF format (no photographs of documents will be accepted).

STEP THREE: Shortlisted applicants may be required to complete an online questionnaire that will be sent in due course.

Following receipt of the online questionnaire, there will be further shortlisting of applicants going into the next round of selection who may be invited to attend an interview between 01 – 05 May 2023. Successful applicants from the interviews will be informed by 10 May 2023 of the next steps.

ONLY nominated applicants will be requested to submit the medical certificate completed and stamped by a Registered Medical Practitioner in Section 6 of the Mauritius-Africa Scholarship application form. Applicants should be prepared to pay for the medical checkup. The fully completed application document should be submitted to the DHET by no later than 15 May 2023.

STEP FOUR: Nominated applicants will be informed of their final nomination and their application will be further reviewed by the Government of Mauritius and the final decision on the successful applicants will be made.


 All inquiries should be sent to:

 Documents and links

Call for Applications

Guidelines for Applicants – Undergraduate degree 2023 

​​Application Form for Undergraduate Programmes

​Guidelines for Applicant’s PhD

Application Form Postgraduate 2023


Please note that this scholarship is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programs and institutions and are responsible for ensuring that their qualifications will be recognized in South Africa. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided regarding the scholarship, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above. No additional financial support will be provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training.


15 April 2023.

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