South African Bursaries

By Victoria · May 10, 2024
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Are you a matriculant, in gap year, or a university/college student facing financial difficulties and struggling to find funding for your studies next year? Look no further! We have listed all the bursaries that are currently open for the 2025 academic year, covering a wide range of fields and supporting both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 


Why you should apply for a bursary:

Higher Learning Education is expensive, beyond tuition fees, students need to factor in the cost of prescribed textbooks, accommodation, meals and monthly allowances, which can easily push the total annual expense beyond R100,000. This is where bursaries come in, offering financial assistance to students.


Benefits of Bursaries:

  • Access to Education: Bursaries remove financial barriers, enabling students from disadvantages backgrounds to pursue their qualifications.
  • Reduced Financial Stress: By covering tuition fees and other educational costs, bursaries reduce financial pressure on students, allowing them to focus on their studies without the stress of debt.
  • Increased Focus and Performance: Free from financial worries, students can dedicate their time and energy to excelling in their academics, leading to improved grades and performance.
  • Strengthening Communities: By supporting educational attainment, bursaries contribute to the development of skilled and educated individuals, ultimately strengthening communities.

Beyond Financial Support:

In addition to the financial benefits, many bursaries offer additional support, such as:

  • Mentorship and guidance: Connecting students with experienced professionals who offer guidance and support throughout their academic journey.
  • Internship and career development opportunities: Providing valuable work experience and helping students prepare for their future careers.
  • Networking opportunities: Connecting students with industry professionals and potential employers, expanding their professional network.


Bursaries that are open for the 2025 academic year

We have done our research and have compiled a comprehensive list of all bursaries that are open for the 2025 academic year. Do not miss an opportunity to further your studies while there are so many bursaries you can apply for. This list is constantly updated, so make sure that you visit this page weekly to discover new updates on the bursaries that are open for 2025.


The following bursaries are open for the 2025 academic year:

PAMSA Bursary 2025 (Closing Date: 07 June 2024 and 28 June for late applications)

Mediclinic/ER24 Bursary 2025 (Closing Date: 31 July 2024)

Nedbank Bursary 2025 (Closing Date: 31 July 2024)

Ninety One Bursary 2025 (Closing Date: 31 July 2024)

Thuthuka Bursary 2025 (Closing Date: 31 August 2024)

IITPSA Bursary 2025 (Closing Date: 30 September 2024)

Santam Bursary 2025 (Closing Date: 30 September 2024)

Amazon Recruitment Bursary 2025 (Closing Date: 30 September 2024)

DALRRD Bursary 2025 (Closing Date: 30 September 2024)

Cisco Charitable Foundation Trust Bursary 2025 (Closing Date: 30 September 2024)

Standard Bank Group Bursary 2025 (Closing Date: 30 September 2024)

Investec Tertiary Bursary 2025 (Closing Date: 30 September 2024)

Old Mutual Imfundo Trust Scholarship 2025 (Closing Date: 10 October 2024)

Sage External Bursary (Closing Date: 30 November 2024)

HP Inc. Bursary (Closing Date: 30 November 2024)

TTI Bursary 2025 (No Closing Date: applications are accepted throughout the year)


How to apply for bursaries in South Africa

Now that you've discovered the benefits of being a funded student and explored the open bursaries for 2025, it's time to understand the application process. Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all approach, as different bursaries have different application methods.

Some bursaries still use traditional hard copy forms, requiring you to print out, complete and submit them physically. Others use online application systems, allowing you to conveniently apply through websites or dedicated platforms.

Some bursaries will require you to submit a CV along with supporting documents, such as academic record, proof of income, and motivational letters. Make sure to organize these documents neatly and label them clearly for easy review.


Guide on how to apply for bursaries

Before submitting your bursary application, check which method the bursary provider uses:

Email: Include the bursary name and year in the subject line (e.g., "SAIBPP Bursary 2025").
Online: Fill out the form accurately and upload scanned copies of required documents.
Post: Send the application to the correct address mentioned in the guidelines.
Hand Delivery: Check the provider's working hours to avoid arriving early or late.

Remember to follow all instructions carefully and submit your application on time. Double-check for errors before submitting to maximize your chances of success.


Requirements (Eligibility Criteria) of Bursaries 

Bursary requirements vary significantly between providers. That is why you should carefully read the requirements of the bursary provider. The bursary provider typically specify their funding criteria based on: 

  • Study Level: Whether they fund undergraduate or postgraduate studies.
  • Location: Which provinces, cities, or regions they support.
  • Age: The age range of eligible applicants.
  • Fields: Specific courses or fields of study they fund, often related to their company's mission.
  • Expenses: Which expenses the bursary covers (e.g., tuition, accommodation, living expenses).
  • Institution: Universities or colleges they fund.
  • Motivation: The requirement for a motivational letter explaining your eligibility and aspirations.
  • Proof: Documentation required for verification, such as proof of identity, income, residence, academic results, registration, and acceptance letters.



Every bursary has a strict closing date, so stay vigilant! Applications received after the deadline will unfortunately not be considered. Take charge of your future by checking closing dates regularly and applying early. 

If you come across a bursary on our website that has passed it's closing date, you are encouraged to check other bursaries that are open HERE. Do not contact the bursary provider since they always make it clear that they do not accept late applications unless stated otherwise.


Bursaries are awarded based on specific criteria, so it's crucial to verify your eligibility before applying. If you find yourself not eligible for a particular bursary, don't be discouraged! Continue exploring other bursaries on our website. 

Persistence is key! With continued research and careful application preparation, you'll secure the bursary that supports your educational journey. Ensure you attach all requested documentation, such as transcripts, proof of income, and a motivational letter, to demonstrate your suitability for the bursary.


Remember, education is an investment in yourself and your future, and these bursaries are here to help you make that investment a reality. Remember to start early, research specific requirements, and submit your applications on time. We wish you all the best in finding and applying for bursaries. Good luck!


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