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Notice: 2021 merit bursaries for senior students 

Dear student

In September 2020, the University Management Committee approved a preliminary revision of the merit bursaries that may be paid to senior students in 2021. The preliminary changes were included in the Payable Fees booklet that has been published on the NWU website. Covid-19 has a serious impact on the financial stability of the university, and as such various measures had to be put in place to ensure that we remain within the budget allocated for merit bursaries, as well as within the broader university budget.

We also acknowledge the negative financial impact of Covid-19 on all our stakeholders and continuously explore a range of options that have the potential to lead to long-term and sustainable solutions. It must be emphasised that the revision is still in progress and final communication will follow once all the 2020 academic results are captured and the financial impact of the merit bursaries for the university is clear.


Prof. Robert Balfour

DVC: Teaching-Learning

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FirstRand international postgraduate scholarships

There are five scholarships available to South African citizens, all of which are for international postgraduate study. These are:

  • FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship;
  • FirstRand Foundation scholarship;
  • FirstRand Oxford African Studies scholarship to the University of Oxford;
  • FirstRand FNB Fund Oxford education scholarship; and
  • FirstRand FNB Fund scholarship for international postgraduate study in education.

Applications, including all attachments and reference letters, must be completed online and applicants must have applied directly to the university of their choice by the time the application is submitted.

The decisions of the adjudication panels are final and correspondence regarding their decision will not be entered into. The panels reserve the right not to make an award.

Applications open 16 December 2020 and close 4 March 2021. No late applications will be accepted.



The successful candidates will have excelled academically in their chosen field and will have been able to demonstrate:

  • leadership qualities;
  • strength of character;
  • community involvement; and
  • the potential to be a destiny changer in his or her chosen field.

Candidates who are currently, or have been studying overseas, will not be considered for this scholarship.

Successful candidates are required to return to South Africa for at least five years after completing their studies.



  • Confirmation of each received application will be emailed to the applicant upon receipt of his or her application.
  • All applications are evaluated by at least three preliminary evaluators from FirstRand, FNB, RMB, TSI and previous winners of the scholarship. A long list of around 40 applicants is then drawn up and interviewed in person, Covid-19 allowing, in Cape Town or Sandton or electronically on Microsoft Teams.
  • Four shortlisted candidates are selected for the two education scholarships and should be available for final interviews held in Sandton on 14 May 2021.
  • Ten shortlisted candidates are selected for the FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar and FirstRand Foundation international postgraduate scholarships and the FirstRand Oxford African Studies scholarship and should be available for final interviews held in Sandton on Tuesday 18 May 2021.
  • A final announcement will be made before the end of May 2021.

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