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Organisation : Department of Higher Education and Training – DHET Chilean International Cooperation Agency
Announcement : Nelson Mandela Scholarships for 2018
Applicable for : South African citizens
Deadline : 31 October 2017

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Call for applications :
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Nelson Mandela Scholarships :

Programme outline :
** The Chilean International Cooperation Agency (AGCI) is offering scholarships for accredited Master’s degree studies, taught in Spanish, at Chilean universities and higher education institutions, for the 2018 academic year, beginning in March 2018.

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Degree level : Master’s
Deadlines : 31 October 2017

Who can apply?
** Applications submitted by public officials or academic officials at officially recognized universities in South Africa will be given priority.
** Classes and/or the Spanish course shall begin on or after the first week of March 2018, so selected candidates must be available to travel to Chile for these dates.

Fields of Study :
** Astronomy, Agriculture, Aquaculture, Energy, Management of Public Policies, Health, Environment, and Mining, (see Annex 1 for a full list).

What the scholarship offers :
The scholarship provides benefits that are limited to the following items :
i. An Immersion Spanish Language Course that may last for one (1) academic semester in advance of or in parallel with the start of the corresponding Master’s Program. (Applicants who are certified in the Spanish language need not take this course).

ii. Payment of return air fares between the capital of their country of origin and their destination city on arrival in Chile (applicants must finance their own stays in the city of Santiago, Chile, to undertake paperwork procedures with AGCI) and back to the capital of the country of origin on completing their studies.

iii. Payment of matriculation, tuition, and graduation fees charged by the corresponding higher education institution, for the duration of the postgraduate program, with a limit of four (4) academic semesters or six (6) academic quarters, depending on the calendar used by the corresponding institution (up to a maximum of twenty-four (24) months).

** In any case, all costs that correspond exclusively to the academic curriculum of the study program for which the scholarship is granted must be included.

iv. Payment of a monthly maintenance stipend of five hundred thousand Chilean pesos (CLP 500,000) for the duration of the scholarship period. Said stipend shall be paid for the duration of the program, up to a limit of twenty-four (24) months. v. AGCI will only pay scholarship holders 100% of the monthly stipend for the months of December, January, and/or February if they remain in Chile for more than half of the corresponding month.

** In any other case, AGCI will pay only 50% of the value of the stipend (months of December, January, and February).

vi. For the duration of the scholarship, coverage for the holder with life, health, and accident insurance for events that affect them and occur within Chile territory.

** They will also be provided with a Collaboration Convention with the Public Health Social Security System (FONASA), and shall be entitled to care through the Chilean Public Health System and Services, from the time when they are issued with a national identity card by the Chilean Civil Registration Service.

vii. Scholarship holders will be granted a single payment amounting to ninety thousand pesos (CLP 90,000) for study materials and textbooks, paid during the first study cycle of their program.

viii. Scholarship holders will be granted a single payment of one half of their monthly stipend for thesis costs or analogous requirements of their higher education institution for granting the corresponding degree, so long as their grade point average is equal to or higher than 5.5 (five point five [out of seven]) or equivalent.

** For these purposes scholarship holders must provide documentary proof of the aspects discussed in Clause 3, Point V of the Scholarship Granting and Acceptance Agreement, the format of which is attached hereto as Annex 2, before the end of the nineteenth (19th) month of payment by AGCI of the stipend discussed in Point IV of this section. See attached Call for Applications for more information

Application process :
** See all Annexes below for full information on the application process.
** Scholarship application documents must be submitted at the CHILEAN EMBASSY IN SOUTH AFRICA.

Queries can be sent to :
Ms Magdalena Godoy
Email: embassy AT
Tel: 012460 8090 / 012 460 8093

Note :
** 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. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above.

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