The Foundation Study Fund for South African Students (SSF) is connected with the Stichting Zuid-Afrikahuis Nederland.
The SSF, or as a matter of fact a predecessor, was founded in 1885 and is rooted in the historical ties between the Netherlands and South-Africa. Today the Foundation wants to contribute to the new, democratic South-Africa by giving young, bright South African students the opportunity to gain access to high-quality education and research in the Netherlands.
Traditionally, the Dutch and Afrikaans languages are closely connected and traditionally scholarships were granted in the realm of languages, literature, art, history and theology. Nowadays students from all realms are invited to apply.
An application is no guarantee for a grant. The board which decides about the applications takes especially into account arguments of quality and the question if the applying student has no other financial resources.
The special niche of the SSF
The SSF grants scholarships to South-African students who wish to participate in exchange programmes between Dutch and South-African universities, with the means of gaining a Master or PhD-degree, for a period up to six months.
The SSF also provides travel allowances for short term visits to the Netherlands to do research, attend academic courses, conferences and master classes.
Note: The aim of the SSF is not to assist South African students in getting a Dutch university degree.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
What are the selection criteria for an application?
To be eligible for a SSF Scholarship you:
- should have have the South African nationality;
- should be registered as a student at a South African university;
- should be accepted at one of the Dutch universities or recognised research institutions
- should have good working knowledge of the relevant language of instruction (Dutch or English).
What types of academic activities can I embark on with a SSF scholarship?
- The SSF prioritises college series that are part of, or contribute to, the completion of your Master or PhD studies/research at a university in South Africa;
- Study visits that contribute towards the completion of collaborative research projects involving Dutch and South African academics;
- Taught courses (covering a period of three to six months), the credits of which are accepted towards the completion of your South African post-graduate degree course;
- Research activities that can be completed within three to six months and that contribute towards the completion of your South African post-graduate degree course;
- Travel allowances to the Netherlands to do research (also for non-degree purposes), attend academic courses, conferences and master classes.
Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year
Cost/funding for participants:
What does the Study Fund scholarship cover financially?
- For a Masterstudent € 970 monthly. This amount is meant to cover all monthly expenses (including medical insurance, rent, and the costs of visa).
- For a PhD student € 1190,- monthly. This amount, as above, is meant to cover all monthly expenses (including medical insurance, rent, and the costs of visa).
- Additionally a ‘one time amount’ of € 1000 can be granted to cover travel costs.
- A travel allowance for short visits amounts € 1200 p.p.