The procedure for applying for scholarship loan is generally the same, whether the student wishes to study in the country, in South Africa or in other recognized Universities. It is slightly different when the student intends to study abroad, under the Joint Bilateral Agreement programme. However, in all cases the process involves three major steps, which are as follows:-
(i) Completion of Scholarship Application Form
(ii) Applying and getting a written acceptance letter from a recognized tertiary institution
(iii) Presenting the application form for a scholarship to the Scholarship Secretariat currently housed at the at the Ministry of Education (3rd Floor) with all the necessary attachments as indicated in Section 1.3
N.B. Presentation of the application form and meeting all the criteria stated above does not mean the automatic award of a government scholarship.
Scholarship to study in Universities overseas are awarded to:-
(i) Students whose parents are diplomats. In this case, the Government provides a fixed award of E21,000.00 towards students’ costs.
(ii) Students who have been successful in contesting for scholarships that have been made officially available to the Government of Swaziland through the Joint Bilateral Agreement programmes,. in this instance, the Governments provides an air ticket and living allowance, while the donor Government covers the other costs.
In both cases students would still be required to complete the Scholarship Application Form, apply and get a written acceptance letter from the identified university and present their application to the Scholarship Secretariat.
1.1. Completion of Scholarship Application Form
The Scholarship Application Form should be completed as soon as the student has finished writing his/her IGCSE examinations. The form is normally distributed to all Form 5 students towards the end of the academic year. It can also be collected physically from any Regional Education Office or the Scholarship Secretariat currently housed on the 3rd Floor of the Ministry of Education Headquarters in Mbabane. Students are cautioned to start as early as possible to complete the form as it involves consultations with and endorsement of several key witnesses such as the Chief or Indvuna of the students.
1.2. Application for College/University Admission
Application for college or university admission normally commences as soon as HIGSCE, O’ Level, IGSCE results are out and the students is in possession of an authentic transcript or certificate . Deadlines for submission of applications differ from one institution to the next and students should also note that some universities make their admissions twice in a year. It should also be noted that admissions policies of universities and/or colleges are de-linked from the Ministry's policies for the award of scholarships. Government is but one amongst many other sources of tertiary education finance and students are encouraged to apply for funding from other sources as a fall back alternative.
1.3 Presentation of Scholarship Application
Students are expected to submit the Application form, with all the necessary attachments by the 30 June of each year (if requiring scholarships to study in local institutions) or 31st December of each year for those requiring scholarship to study in South Africa and the rest of Africa.
There is no set deadline for students requiring to study overseas, as these depend on the Universities they will choose or be required to study at once the scholarship have been made available. Students should always insist on signing a log book upon submission of their Application Forms to the Scholarship Secretariat at Ministry of Education. No scholarship applications will be accepted after the deadline. Applications for the following year will not be received until the 1st November of each year, once students have signed their Agreement Forms.
All Scholarship Application Forms should be accompanied by the following attachments:
2. Award of Government Scholarship Loan
All applicants in priority areas (determined by Government from time to time) shall be called for an interview by the Scholarship Selection Board before an award is made. Once the interviews have been conducted, notification of results shall be done through:
3. Criteria for the Award of Scholarship
3.1 Scholarship shall only be awarded for pre-service training covering first degree and diploma courses only, with the exception of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and an Honours Degree in Psychology.
3.2 Students who were once granted a Government Scholarship loan shall not be considered.
3.3 The scholarship loan to be awarded to students who will be studying at the local institutions shall cover:
• Accommodation and meals
• Project and Uniform allowances
• Personal allowance
3.4 Preferential treatment shall be extended to students wishing to pursue courses in priority areas in local colleges or universities and only students in intending to take up course in priority areas not offered locally shall be considered for scholarship award outside the country.
3.5 Currently, the priority areas for scholarship award to study in local institutions and out of the country are:
Local Institutions at which students are awarded Government scholarships are:
The University of Swaziland, Swaziland College of Technology (SCOT), Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, William Pitcher College, Ngwane College and Southern Africa Nazarene University.
In South Africa and Rest of Africa
The Government of Swaziland recognizes the following Universities in South Africa and the rest of Africa:
Tshwane University of Technology, University of North West, Vaal University of Technology, University of Johannesburg, Stellenbosch University, Rhodes University, University of KwaZulu Natal, University of Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, University of Limpopo (Medunsa) University of Pretoria, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan, University of Fort Hare and all Universities in the other SADC countries.