The French government is pleased to launch the 2015-2016 edition of the SAFe Think Programme. The SAFe Think scholarship programme supports exceptional students wishing to undertake a Master’s degree at a higher education institution in France. It addresses students in the following fields of study: political sciences, international relations, sociology, public affairs, security studies, conflict studies, human rights/humanitarian law, development studies.

The SAFe Think programme was launched in 2010 with the aim of strengthening the connections between South African academic institutes and Think Tanks and their French counterparts, specifically in the fields of Human and Social Sciences. By assisting research partners in establishing sustainable cooperation, the French government aims at facilitating the integration of South African research and policy-oriented institutions into French, European and francophone African scientific networks.

Our partners:

SAFeThink is run by the Embassy of France in South Africa in cooperation with five South African think tanks. Applications for the programme should be filed through one of our partners:

Selection Process

The selection procedure is carried out by the French Embassy, together with the South African Think Tanks involved in the project.

Application Process

Download the full Call for Applications here (PDF, 598.04 kB) to review all the details of the busary. Then download and complete the Application Form here (PDF, 784.6 kB) (application deadline: 23 March 2015).

If you wish to apply through SAIIA, please submit your application to Khetiwe at

To request any additional information, please contact Ms Johanna Stilo, Embassy of France in South Africa, SAFeThink programme officer on +27 (0) 12 425 1714 or