South African Development Community(SADC) Scholarship 2022 – 2023

Postgraduate students that are looking to get involved in research projects in social sciences may just be in the right position.

The South African Development Community(SADC) is now accepting applications for ideal applicants to join its scholarship.

This scholarship is open to any student enrolled in any branch connected to social sciences.

However, applicants will need to meet a few set criteria made by the organization to be accepted.

If this is what you consider to be your next academic step, then you need to send in an application. Below is a guideline on how to do that.

Closing Date

The SADC Scholarship program will be closing its application acceptance on 30 April 2022.

So please make sure that you have submitted your application and all supporting documents before this date.

If you don’t, your application will not be accepted by the organization and it will be disqualified from the selection process.

What is The SADC Scholarship?

This scholarship program is awarded each year to members from SADC member states.

It is awarded to postgraduate students in social sciences, who intend to pursue doctoral or post-doctoral research.

The goal of this scholarship is to address the historical, economical, and political development of the 16 member states of the Southern Africa region.

Who Can Apply

The SADC Scholarship will be accepting applications from postgraduate students that satisfy the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be a citizen of a SADC Member State (this includes citizens of these countries: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
  • Applicants must intend on pursuing full-time studies towards a Master’s, Doctoral, Postdoctoral Studies or Research programs at a university in the SADC region.
  • Master’s program applicants: You must have completed an undergraduate degree, in a relevant field, at a recognized university.
  • Master’s program applicants: Male applicants must be 30 years old or younger, and Female applicants must be 35 years old or younger.
  • Doctoral program applicants: you must have completed a Master’s Degree, in a relevant subject that will allow you to enter into a Doctoral and/or Postdoctoral program at a university in the SADC region.
  • Doctoral program applicants: Male applicants must be 35 years old or younger, and Female applicants must be 40 years old or younger.
  • Applicants must provide the IELTS (Band 6) certificate or TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based) for courses in English for applicants from non-native English-speaking countries.
  • Applicants will need to return to their country of citizenship after completing their studies.
  • Applicants must NOT be SADC Secretariat Staff members or immediate family members.

What Does This Scholarship Cover?

A total of 5 scholarships will be awarded to successful candidates.

Two will be given for Doctoral studies and three will be given for Master’s level research.

The scholarship program will provide financial cover for a candidate’s tuition fees, economy class return ticket, accommodation, health insurance, and essential expenses.

The scholarship will be valued at R300 000 with an addition of R15 000 for expenses.

The scholarship will run for 12 to 24 months for Master’s students. It will last for 36 to 48 months for Doctoral candidates.

How To Apply

Applications for this scholarship are fairly simple. All you need to do is download and fill out the application form here

Make sure that you include the following support documents with the application form:

  • A certified copy of your ID or Passport.
  • A passport-sized colored photograph.
  • An updated CV.
  • Certified copies of your academic transcripts.
  • A copy of your admissions letter to a recognized university in the SADC region.
  • 2 reference letters with reachable contacts.
  • A 500-word essay that states why you chose your specific field and its significance to the SADC.

Applications must be submitted through the SADC National Contact Points at Member States level. South African students must apply via email to Ms. Linda Vuyolwethu Shongwe:

Applications must also be submitted to the DALRRD, via email to Mr. M Sello Tlhatlha at: AND Ms. Jacky Smit at:

(Don’t forget to use the words “SADC Scholarship Application 2022” in the email subject line).

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns related to the SADC Scholarship, then you can contact the organization directly through the following means:

Contact person 1: Mr. Sello Tlhatlha

Tel: 012 919 7159


Contact person 2: Ms. Jacky Smit

Tel: 012 319 7019


Good luck with your application!

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