The doctoral scholarship programme based at Stellenbosch University will be rested in 2020. Please visit the website again in August 2020 when the call for applications for 2021 intake will open.

Call for Applications: PANGeA Doctoral Scholarship Programme

The PANGeA doctoral scholarship programme was launched in 2010 as part of Stellenbosch University's contribution to the PANGeA network through the establishment of the Graduate School, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The PANGeA call for applications for the 2021 PANGeA Doctoral Scholarship Programme, Graduate School, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Stellenbosch University opens early August 2020.

Closing date for applications: 21 August 2020.

Application forms will be available early August 2020 when the call opens.

The following documents should be included with your application:

  • Concept note
  • Letter of motivation
  • Full tertiary academic records
  • Letter of endorsement (support)
  • Contact details of referees
  • Proof of competency in English
  • A sample of your best academic writing
  • A copy of your passport

Please note: applications which are incomplete or where documentation is missing will not be considered.

Application and submission process:

Familiar yourself with the application documents, regulations and procedures. See the Application Documents below.

  • Download and complete all sections of the application form and prepare or obtain the required documents and references. See the checklist for 2021 below.
  • Submit the application and supporting documents to reach Stellenbosch University on or before the closing date.
  • Applications which are incomplete, hand-written and/or where documentation is missing, will not be considered.
  • The application form and supporting documentation should be submitted in a single email.
  • Applications should be clearly marked Graduate School Scholarship Application and should be submitted by email to

Application documents for 2021 intake:

Documents will be made available once the call for applications has opened

  3. APPLICATION FORM for 2021 intake
  4. CHECKLIST for 2021 to be completed by each applicant

Scholarship selection process:

After the closing date the Graduate School will:

  • Acknowledge receipt of the application
  • Evaluate each application and draw up a list of eligible applications
  • Circulate the list of eligible applicants to the relevant departments and supervisors
  • Draw up a shortlist of applications who qualify for the scholarship and who are recommended by the departments.
  • Due to overwhelming number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be notified via email.
  • After consideration by the Graduate School Board, successful candidates will be offered a scholarship in writing and will be required to respond within one week.
  • Applicants who do not receive communication from the Graduate School office by 01 October 2020, should consider their application unsuccessful.

Stellenbosch University will make every effort to process applications efficiently. Applicants are reminded, however, that the University accepts no responsibility for loss of communication or documents whether sent by surface mail or email, to or from the University. Applicants should therefor ensure that they are contactable during all stages of the application process and should contact the Graduate School in case of uncertainty about the receipt of applications sent by postal mail.

For more information regarding the eligibility criteria, selection criteria, values and conditions please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences' website: