Chinese Government Scholarship 2024-25 for South Africans (Monthly Stipend) – APPLY NOW

It’s usually an exciting prospect to pursue an education abroad, and the Chinese Government Scholarship is inviting suitably qualified South African Students to have that experience by applying to pursue a study program for the 2024/25 academic year.

Chinese Government Scholarship

The Chinese Government Scholarship program covers diverse academic pursuits, including undergraduate studies in identified scarce skills, postgraduate studies (Masters or PhD), and non-degree Chinese language studies.

Candidates should note that the bachelor’s degree scholarships are taught in Chinese. Hence, the scholarship will only be awarded to those with Chinese proficiency (HSK 4 or above).

Chinese Government Scholarship – Benefits

The following benefits are provided by the South African Government subject to the availability of funds:

  • One return economy airfare
  • A monthly stipend
  • A settlement allowance
  • Research funding (for postgraduate studies)
  • Visa costs, and;
  • A compulsory orientation program before departure.
  • Successful applicants are not only scholars but ambassadors. They must commit to returning to South Africa upon completing their studies, to foster a connection between nations.

Chinese Government Scholarship – Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible nationality: South Africa
  • They must be in good health
  • They must posses a robust academic record boasting a minimum 65% average in previous studies.
  • Demonstrated interest in China and a commitment to South Africa’s development are non-negotiables,
  • The program welcomes applications in all fields of study except medicine
  • Prospective Candidates must meet the minimum academic requirements for entry into a similar programme at a South African university;
  • Applicants who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s program must have HSK 4 level language certificate and be willing to study in Chinese
  • Applications without a HSK level 4 language certificate will be disqualified automatically.

Application Documents

  • Application Form
  • Passport details
  • Language Qualifications Certificate
  • National Senior Certificate with Bachelor’s Pass
  • Bachelor’s Degree Certificate
  • Honour’s Degree Certificate
  • Master’s Degree Certificate
  • Reference letters (two copies) from a the applicant’s teacher, professor or lecturer
  • Research Proposal in Chinese or English.
  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • Foreigner Physical Examination Form

How to Apply

Candidates who meets the above stated criteria, should carefully follow the steps below to apply:

Step 1: Go to  and click “Scholarship Application for Students” to create an account and login

Step 2: Tap on “Edit Personal Details” and enter the required Personal Details.

Step 3: Then choose your preferred program from the “Program Category”(select category “Type A”)

Step 4: Enter the Agency Number (7101)

Step 5: Navigate to the “Language Proficiency and Study Plan” section and upload required documents

Step 6: Click “Submit” to complete the application. It’s Important to note that once submitted, amendment cannot be made on “Personal Details” and “Application Information”.

Step 7: The next step is to click “Print the Application Form” button and download the form.

Step 8: Application Submission (to be made under the requirements of the dispatching authorities or application processing agency)

For more details, visit the official website at:

Application Deadline

January 26, 2024.

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