Steps To Apply For A Bursary In South Africa

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What is a Bursary and How Does it Work?

A Bursary is a sum of money that is awarded to enable someone to study at a university or college. A lot of organizations, government or corporate, will offer the bursary to study at a university and will cover the costs of full tuition fees.


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Steps To Apply For A Bursary In South Africa


Welcome to SA Bursaries, the largest bursary website in South Africa. This platform features the most complete list of bursaries available in South Africa and is regularly updated. We want to locate as many bursary opportunities as we can in South Africa and publish them all on one website so that students can easily access them. Bursaries may be the best choice if you want to begin or continue your tertiary studies but don’t have the money to do so.

You might be qualified to apply for a bursary if you want to continue your education but lack the funds to do so and have a strong academic record that you have upheld throughout the year. Bursaries are given to Matric students who will enroll in college or a university the following year as well as current tertiary students who are unable to continue paying for their education.



Although each bursary program has its own requirements, which are listed in each listing, the following are some general standards that apply to most bursary programs:

  • 1) You must be a South African citizen (some bursaries even fund South African permanent residents)
  • 2) You must be either in Matric or have completed Matric
  • 3) You must have a strong academic record (in Matric and at tertiary level if currently studying) – depending on your field of study, you may also be required to show strong academic results in Mathematics, Science, or languages
  • 4) You must be studying or have applied to study at a recognized tertiary institution in South Africa (including public and private institutes – TVET colleges, Universities and Universities of Technology)
  • 5) You must be studying or have applied to study for full time studies (part time studies and correspondence studies are sometimes also funded, but most bursaries only cover full time studies)
  • 6) You must be able to prove financial need


Steps To Apply For A Bursary In South Africa

How to Apply for a Bursary

You can find instructions on how to apply for the particular bursary program on each listing for a particular scholarship. While some bursaries allow students to apply online, others require them to download an application form that must then be sent via email, fax, mail, or in-person delivery.


When applying, students must always provide supporting documentation, which may consist of but is not limited to:

  • 1) A certified copy of your South African ID document (or South African permanent residence if applicable)
  • 2) A certified copy of your academic records (Matric latest results if you are currently in Matric; Matric certificate if you have completed Matric; full academic record if you are currently studying at tertiary level)
  • 3) Proof of tertiary application or registration (on the institutions’ letterhead)
  • 4) A motivational letter explaining why you should be selected for the bursary award
  • 5) Proof of household income showing financial need (this will include your parents’ or guardians’ proof of income or proof of unemployment)
  • 6) Proof of residence – this only applies if the bursary specifies that it only covers students residing in a certain region




What Costs Or Fees Is A Bursary Supposed To Cover?

Partial or full bursaries are both possible. A full-coverage bursary typically covers all study-related expenses, including tuition, examination fees, required books and study materials, meals, lodging, transportation, and occasionally a laptop. A partial bursary only covers a portion of your study-related expenses.

Some scholarship providers also permit students to perform summer employment at the business, which is necessary for some degree requirements.



Do I Need To Return A Bursary?

No, recipients of bursaries will not be required to repay their awards. After graduation, some scholarship sponsors require students to work for them for the same amount of time that they received funding from them. Both the bursary provider and the recipient profit from this because the student has a guaranteed job after finishing their studies and the opportunity to gain priceless work experience.



At SA Bursaries, we aim to ensure that every bursary we publish is legitimate. If you are ever asked to pay money to submit a bursary application, this is an indication that the bursary is not legitimate.

If the bursary application requires you to send your application forms and documents to a free email account (i.e. Gmail, yahoo, Hotmail, etc.), then it is likely a scam – application emails will always be required to be sent to the companies’ official email addresses. Please let us know if you ever suspect that a bursary might be a scam so we can look into it further.


Where can I find bursaries for the academic years 2022–2023?

Please scroll down this page until you find your field of study, see which bursaries are open for your field, and then follow the detailed application instructions to apply for a bursary for the 2022–2023 academic year. Please be aware that you may submit as many bursary applications as you are eligible for.


See Also

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