The “Initiative Southern Africa” (INISA) grant covers 75% of tuition fees and related costs (e.g. books and other study material; residence fees etc.) for the academic year of 2012 up
to a maximum amount of Euro 1,800.00 (or the equivalent in local currency).

The applicant should:

  • hold the nationality of one of the SADC countries;
  • study full time at a University or other tertiary education institution in one of the SADC countries;
  • be in the second or third year of his or her undergraduate studies, i.e. s/he has successfully completed at least one year of studies and has successfully re-registered for further courses in the next academic year (Please note: the INISA Student Grant is not applicable to postgraduate studies such as Honours, Masters or PhD programs).

The grant is open to students of all subjects, but particularly we encourage applications by science, engineering, economics and medical students.

Should the grant be awarded to more than one student the maximum amount will be split equally. INISA requires the student to provide proof of tuition related expenses with a fees account record, as the grant amount covers a percentage of these expenses and needs to be calculated on that basis before any payment is possible. The grant will be paid directly into
the student’s fees account at the University. INISA requires the student to provide two reports on the progress of his/her studies in the year s/he is awarded the grant.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to provide:

  1. A detailed CV
  2. A passport photo in electronic format, maximum 500 KB
  3. A letter of motivation (500 – 1500 words)

The letter of motivation will be the main criterion for the consideration of an application. The object of the letter is to present a comprehensive picture of your personality – we would like to get to know you as good as possible. Your letter should at least cover the following aspects: Why did you decide to study a particular subject and what does the subject mean to you? What would you like to achieve with your studies, what would you like to achieve in life generally? What do you do in your spare time? Why do you think
you should be awarded the INISA grant? In which way would the grant make a difference to your studies this year?

Please also provide the following information in your letter of motivation:

  • names and contact details of 2 persons (no members of your family) who support the application and can provide further information on you
  • information on additional funding (grants, scholarships, tuition fee waivers etc.) from public or private sources

Additional documentation (copies of diplomas, testimonials etc) is not required at that stage of the application.


The closing date of the application is Sunday, 22 April 2012. Applicants should send their applications in electronic format to:

After assessing the applications INISA will shortlist any number of candidates and conduct interviews with them. Applicants will be informed on the status of their application in due course.