The Russian Government Scholarships 2022/23

Closing Date:

Bursary Details

The Russian Government is offering scholarships to South Africans for full-time, on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate programmes tenable at public higher education institutions in Russia.

Most programmes are instructed in the Russian language and applicants with no command of Russian are required to take the college preparatory courses for one year before pursuing major studies.

Degree level

  • Bachelor’s
  • Master’s
  • PhD

Various fields of study are available and applicants are required to do their own research into available programmes, institutions and programme-specific entrance criteria.

Please refer to the list of programmes offered.

All applicants, regardless of language of instruction of their degree, are required to undertake a preparatory course related to their field of study (this includes language training) for one year before pursuing their degree studies.

Only after passing the examinations of the college preparatory course can they start their degree studies.

Candidate Requirements

South African citizens in good health (medical test will be required for successful applicants);

  • Have a strong academic record;
  • Bachelor’s applicants should have a minimum 70% average in their National Senior Certificate (excluding LO);
  • Postgraduate applicants should have a minimum average of 65% in their previous studies;
  • Demonstrated interest in Russia and commitment to the development of South Africa;
  • Applications in all fields of study will be considered excluding medicine,
  • Students must meet the minimum academic requirements for entry into a similar programme at a South African university.


Bursary Enquiries

All enquiries should be sent to the Russian Culture and Science Mission in South Africa at  

Education in Russian website

South Africa Representative Office

Conditions of Bursary


Please note that this opportunity is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions and are responsible for ensuring that the qualifications will be recognised in South Africa. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, 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.

Bursary Inclusion

The scholarship covers tuition only.

Scholarship recipients will need to make provision for all other expenses including:


  • Return airfare
  • Living costs
  • Health insurance
  • Any other costs

Average living expenses for students amount to between USD 300 to 400 (approximately R4 500 – R6 000).

Visit to learn more about the cost of living.

How to Apply

Step 1 – visit the website at to read up on the scholarship offer and requirements.

Step 2 – register on the website, complete and submit your application. Make sure all the required information has been completed including personal information, selected level and study fields and your chosen universities. Prepare all supporting documents (copies of passport, certificates, transcripts) to be submitted in hard copy directly to the Embassy.

Step 3 – shortlisted candidates may be invited to participate in further selection processes including interviews, tests and examinations.

Step 4 – the Russian Embassy in South Africa will process all applications and advise on the application process to a Russian university.

Step 5 – successful applicants will be required to do medicals and meet all other requirements including immigration processes to be granted an official offer for enrolment.

The Embassy will communicate directly with all applicants on the outcome of the scholarship application and any requirements.

For detailed information on the process, visit 

Field of Study: School of Arts


NSFAS Articles

Once you have submitted your NSFAS application, you may have tracked your application status via your myNSFAS portal. Well, if you received a ‘Funding Eligibility’ status, here is what it means.

Students who have submitted their NSFAS bursary applications are reminded to check their application status regularly. Their application status may show ‘Application Submitted’, here is what it means.

Are you tracking your NSFAS application and notice that your application status says that it is on the ‘Filtering’ stage? Well, here is what it means.

When submitting your NSFAS application, you are required to attach certain documents to it in order for your application to be processed. Here is how you can submit your documents.

As soon as students submit their applications, they are able to view their application status. They may see that they are on the ‘Validation’ step, here is what it means.