How to Apply for Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP) 2022 (Masters Student South Africa)

How to Apply for Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP) 2022 | The portal for Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme is open, The Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP), offered in partnership with the French Embassy in South Africa, is a national programme aimed at supporting South African prospective academics to pursue Master’s degrees in areas of need at a Public French university for a period of 2 years followed immediately by a 1-year academic internship at a recruiting South African university. How to apply

International scholarships and study opportunities open up possibilities for South African students who wish to pursue studies abroad, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Studying abroad is an excellent way to expand your horizons, experience new things, meet people from all over the world and get an international education. The new skills you could gain, both in and out of the classroom can strengthen your potential contribution to society and even to a potential employer if you make the most of your experience.

There are a number of scholarship opportunities currently available for South African students to undertake university study and skills development in other countries. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) engages in several international scholarship partnerships that provide opportunities for South Africans to pursue studies in other countries at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. There are also many opportunities that are managed by other international, agencies and/or government.

Scholarships are awarded in the following fields:

  • Marine Science Physical-Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Information and communication technology
  • Statistics


The scholarship covers:

  • Cost of registration and tuition for the Master’s degree;
  • Guidance and mentorship;
  • Assistance with potential international mobility experience;
  • Enhancing your research and teaching abilities;
  • A year of internship in South African University after completion of the Master’s degree.


Applicants must:

  • 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;
  • Show commitment to placement at the recruiting South African University for the full 3 years of the programme (2 years studying at any French public university, and 1 year of internship at the recruiting South African university)

How to Apply for Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP) 2022:


Interested applicants are requested to submit an online application via the dedicated platform:

Application deadline: August 5, 2022

Leave a Comment