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Directorate: Student Funding

Bursaries Postgraduate

College of Human Sciences: Honours / Postgraduate Diploma Bursary

A.  Bursary Conditions:

  1. The Bursary shall be awarded by the CHS on recommendation by the CHS Bursary Selection Committee.
  2. The Bursary shall be tenable in the first instance for one year, subject to renewal in subsequent years of registration. Any subsequent award will be based on the appropriate and successful utilization of the previous award/s and on satisfactory progress as demonstrated in the academic record of the student.
  3. The Bursary shall be open to financially needy holders of an undergraduate degree in Social Science, Humanities and Arts who have achieved the minimum average of 65% for the major in which they wish to undertake the Honours studies. Students who intend to study for their fourth year in Social Work and Visual Arts are also eligible, provided they meet the minimum requirement of 65% average at the third-year level. Such students are therefore required to motivate their applications by providing evidence of their need to the Vetting Committee.
  4. The Bursary will not be awarded to students who are receiving funding from other sources.
  5. The Bursary shall be open to South African citizens only.
  6. The Bursary shall cover the full registration and tuition fees for the student's chosen modules in the Honours degree, Postgraduate Diploma or the fourth year of study in Social Work or Visual Arts.
  7. For students who have not completed the Honours or Postgraduate Diploma in 3 years, the Bursary shall be converted into a loan with interest rates determined by Unisa.
  8. The Bursary shall NOT pay repeating modules that have been failed during previous examinations.
  9. Recipients of the bursary will be urged to continue their studies and register for the Master's degree upon successful completion of their Honours or Postgraduate Diploma studies.

B.  Important Dates:

  1. Applications for the Bursary open on 30 September and close on 31 December.
  2. Notification of results will be communicated to applicants by 31 January.

C.  Submission of applications:

The relevant application form must be sent to:

College Research Administrator
College of Human Sciences (UNISA)
PO Box 392, UNISA, 0003

For the CHS Honours / Postgraduate Diploma application form click here to download and submit to the address above.

Unisa Masters by Dissertation and Doctoral study Bursary

Criteria and conditions:
In line with the universityís funding policy, student funding to postgraduates is provided on the basis of academic merit. Kindly note that a submitted application form does not guarantee a bursary. Only applications received before the closing date will be evaluated for funding. Applications are open from 26 November 2013 to 14 February 2014. Incomplete and late application forms will not be considered.

i) Eligibility

  1. Have obtained 24 Credits in the Proposal module at Unisa, please note that this bursary does not cover the Proposal Module.
  2. This bursary does not cover any Coursework Masters qualifications.
  3. A supervisorís report that recommends financial support on grounds of quality submissions e.g. research chapters submitted, data analyses etc.
  4. Approval by the Masters and Doctoral Research Bursary Committee (MDRBC) based on academic progress, standard of work submitted, prioritisation of research fields, innovative specializations and appropriate methodology.
  5. Preference will be given to, but is not limited to, the following fields: Natural Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics.
  6. Awards will only be made dependent on available funding.
  7. Closing date for applications is 14 February 2014.
  8. No late or incomplete applications will be considered

 ii) Bursary Conditions

  1. All bursary awards, including the first one, are conditional upon receipt of a positive report from the studentís supervisor. Detailed progress reports and re-application forms for each subsequent year of funding, must be submitted to the Directorate Student Funding (DSF) by 14 February of any given year.
  2. Bursaries are not awarded to permanent staff members of UNISA. They should apply for the masterís and doctoral support programme (MDSP).
  3. Students who are registered for a second masters or doctoral degree will not be considered for a bursary.
  4. This bursary will ONLY fund students registered for Masters by Dissertation or Doctoral qualifications
  5. The bursary is awarded to South African and non-South African citizens, but preference will be given to South African students
  6. Continued receipt of the bursary is dependent on a favourable supervisorís report indicating that the recipient is progressing with his/her studies. Preference will be given to existing bursary holders, especially those close to completion.
  7. Students need to submit a studentís report (Section F) before the application will be submitted for consideration to the Postgraduate Bursary Committee.
  8. Granting of the bursary is not automatic. Only students who apply by the specified date and have completed the application form will be considered.
  9. Students are responsible for claiming any credit balances in their student account from the UNISA Finance Department.
  10. Students will be advised of the outcome within 4 weeks of the closing date.
  11. By signing the application form, the student indicates that he/she agrees with and accepts the conditions contained therein.
  • Masters by Dissertation (Full Research)

    • Registration fee for a maximum of 3 years. Research funds totalling R55,000 (paid out according to an submitted budget approved by the Supervisor and the MDRBC).

  • Doctoral Research

    • Registration fee for a maximum of 4 years. Research funds totalling R80,000 (paid out according to an submitted budget approved by the Supervisor and the MDRBC).

For the Post-graduate bursary application form click here (doc)

Unisa Masters by Coursework Bursary

Criteria and conditions:
In line with the universityís funding policy, student funding to postgraduates is provided on the basis of academic merit. Kindly note that a submitted application form does not guarantee a bursary. Only applications received before the closing date will be evaluated for funding. Applications are open from 26 November 2013 to 14 February 2014. Incomplete and late application forms will not be considered.

i) Eligibility

  1. Have passed two modules of the Coursework Masters.
  2. A supervisorís report that recommends financial support on grounds of academic performance in the coursework modules already completed.
  3. Approval by the Masters and Doctoral Research Bursary Committee (MDRBC) based on the coursework modules already completed and supervisor's report.
  4. Preference will be given to, but is not limited to, the following fields: Natural Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, but not to the exclusion of the social sciences or humanities.
  5. Awards will only be made dependent on available funding.
  6. Closing date for applications is 14 February 2014.
  7. No late or incomplete applications will be considered

ii) Bursary Conditions

  1. All bursaries will be awarded subject to the academic performance of the student and a positive report from the supervisor upon completion of the required coursework modules.
  2. A submitted application form does not guarantee funding being awarded.
  3. Awards will not be granted to: (a) permanent staff members of Unisa, (b) students who are registered for a second/third masters degree, (c) students who have already completed a doctorate, (d) students who have not successfully completed two modules towards the Coursework Masters, (e) students registered towards an MBA or MBL qualification.
  4. The bursary will only fund students registered for a Coursework Masters qualification.
  5. The bursary is awarded to South African and non-South African citizens, but preference will be given to South African students.
  6. Continued receipt of the bursary is dependent on academic performance and a favourable supervisor's report indicating that the recipient is progressing with his/her studies. Preference will be given to existing bursary holders, especially those close to completion.
  7. Students need to submit a student's report (Section F) before the application will e submitted for consideration to the Masters & Doctoral Bursary Committee
  8. Students will be advised of the outcome within 4 weeks of the closing date.
  9. If the application for funding is unsuccessful, it remains the responsibility of the student to settle any fees due to Unisa.
  10. By signing this application form, the student indicates that he/she agrees with and accepts the conditions contained herein.
  11. No late or incomplete applications will be considered (only where results were not available by the closing date of applications, will late submission of these results be considered).
  12. Awards will only be made dependent on available funding.

iii) Bursary Covers

  1. Tuition fees for a maximum of 3 (three) years.
  2. Research funds not exceeding R20,000 while the student is registered for the dissertation module.

iv) Research Budget

  1. A detailed budget indicating expenditure needs to be submitted each year upon re-application.
  2. Research funds will only be paid out according to the submitted and approved budget.
  3. Submitted research budgets will be approved by both the supervisor and the MDRBC.

    For the Masters by Coursework bursary application form click here (doc)

    Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Bursary awards for 2012 - 2013

    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 2012/2013 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 disabilities are encouraged to apply. (This bursary is available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students).

    For more information click here (PDF)

    Dieter Meyer zu Bargholz Bequest (DMzBB) M & D Archaeology Bursary

    This bursary is awarded primarily to carry out fieldwork, laboratory / technical analyses, archival or oral research towards the completion of approved research projects for the master's or doctoral degree. The funds may also be used to attend specialist training courses or local conference (e.g. of the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists) within the SADC region. Your Supervisor/s must be consulted before you submit your application

    For the DMzBB Masters bursary application form click here (doc)

    Crossroads Distribution (Skynet Worldwide Express) Bursary Programme

    This bursary is available to students studying towards a postgraduate qualification in Logistics. The bursary covers tuition and book fees.

    The bursary aims to improve the pool of persons qualified in Logistics within South Africa.

    The bursary is only available to residents of South Africa. For more information and application forms contact Mr WF Chabalala at chabawf@unisa.ac.za