Students may qualify for the following prestigious bursaries:
Department of Higher Education and Training Bursary for students with disabilities
This bursary aims to facilitate the employment of persons with disabilities by empowering them through financial means to academic access.
To qualify, the student must:
This bursary covers tuition fees, study material and assistive devices, depending on the nature of the disability. Students need to apply annually.
Students will not be allowed to change the course for which they have been granted the bursary.
How to apply for aid?
Applications can be made via one of our regional offices throughout South Africa or through the post, telephonically, personally or by downloading the necessary information from our website.
To obtain the application please click the DE Disability Application form link. (doc)
Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme
It is a new multi-year programme that has been launched in 2007 to promote teaching in public schools as the career of choice for able and committed South Africans. Full-cost bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Recipients of a Funza Lushaka bursary are required to teach in a provincial education department for the same number of years that they received the bursary.
Please see Frequently Asked Questions page to get more information about the bursary.
Bestmed is offering a bursary to students studying towards the Diploma in General Nursing, BA (Cur), Hons BA (Cur) and Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health. The bursary is awarded annually based on applications received. The bursary covers tuition as well as book fees. Application forms can be submitted to any Unisa office, only fully completed and correct application forms with all necessary documents attached will be considered.
Please click the 2013 Bestmed Application Form (doc) link to download an application form.
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Bursary awards for 2012
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries intends to award comprehensive bursaries to qualifying applicants pursuing and/or intending to further their studies in critical scarce skills in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors for the 2012 academic year. The bursaries will cover tuition, accommodation, books, meals and monthly allowance. The bursary awards target the previously disadvantaged and impoverished persons from poverty-stricken and deep rural communities. Females and people with disabiities are encuraged to apply. (This bursary is available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students).
Please click the Agriculture Information (PDF 154KB) link for further information.
Attorneys Fidelity Fund for 2013 (Closing date 15 August)
The Attorneys Fidelity Fund is a statutory client protection fund, providing protection against loss of money or property entrusted to attorneys. The Fund is committed to the enhancement of standards of legal education in South Africa, particularly for aspirant entrants into the attorneys' profession, and we'd like to help you.
Please click the Fund BrochurePDF link for further information.
Please click the Attorneys Fidelity Fund Application formPDF and follow the instructions contained therein. Click on the ChecklistPDF to ensure that all necessary documents are attached to the application form.
DAFI Scholarship Programme (Application date: 1 April - 15 September 2012)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in South Africa provides a limited number of scholarships for refugees at the tertiary level in Government universities, technikons and colleges in South Africa. The scholarship originated from the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative Fund (DAFI) which is funded by the German Government.
Department of Social Development Bursary (Gauteng Province)
The Department of Social Development is making 20 new bursaries and financial assistance available to students residing in the Gauteng Province and who wish to study at a recognized/accredited learning institution within the Province. Financial assistance will be awarded to students that would enrol for their studies during any level of study.
For more information click the brochure link.
To apply for the bursary download the application form by clicking the application form link.
Department of Social Development Internship Programme 2013
Department of Social Development offers exciting opportunities to suitable candidates for potential placement in their Internship programme. The intention is to give practical work experience to those studetns who are in their last year of study (BA Social Work) and require In-Service Training in order to obtain their qualification and those recently graduated but unemployed and require exposure in a work environment.
For more information click the brochure link.
To apply for the Internship Programme, click the application form link.
Department of Arts and Culture: Linguistics Bursary 2013
The Department of Arts and Culture is offering a bursary to students wishing to enrol for a BA degree majoring in Language Practice and Linguistics. This bursary is offered in a bid to build capacity in language practice and to elevate the status of previously marginalized official languages, the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) grants financial support for students to complete their BA in Linguistics/Language Practice. Career opportunities for students of African Languages would include those of translator, interpreter, lexicographer, terminographer, language planner, editor, document design and editor, and human language technologist. Although the DAC cannot guarantee employement, it does recognize the need for qualified language practitioners in South Africa.
The bursary covers full tuition and textbooks.
To apply for the DAC Linguistics bursary, click the application form.
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