External bursaries

Please take note of closing dates!

Mandela Rhodes Scholarship 2024 applications information session - 5 March, 16:00

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is much more than financial support for your studies.

It is a unique opportunity for young leaders from anywhere in Africa to further their education in South Africa. While completing postgraduate study in any field of your choice, our leadership development programme will empower you to solve some of Africa’s most difficult challenges. You will begin a life-changing leadership journey, and find a community of people who share your passion for the positive transformation of Africa. Applications for the Class of 2025 run from 14 March to 21 April 2024. Visit their website to apply.

The leadership development programme

Their programme is built on their founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership, and a belief that leadership begins with inner transformation. Their programme is delivered primarily through a series of online or in-person workshops which you will attend during your time in residence.

Financial support

The scholarship covers tuition for a one-year Honours degree or a two-year Masters degree in any field at a recognised South African institution of higher education.This includes tuition and registration fees, allowances for study materials, research, and medical aid, accommodation and meals, personal allowance and economy class travel to and from your home country to your South African university at the beginning and end of your degree.

Eligibility criteria

If you are between the ages of 19 and 29, are a citizen of any African country, and have a first degree with above average academic results (70% or upper second), you are eligible to apply for the scholarship

Selection criteria

They look for scholars who have demonstrated the potential to embody their founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership. You must have already assumed leadership and made an impact on your campus or community.

Potential for growth

To benefit you must be curious about doing the personal, internal work of leadership. This means committing to developing self-awareness by engaging with difficult parts of yourself, an openness to learning from the diversity in your cohort, and a willingness to explore and embrace complexity.

2024 Unemployed Students Bursary Application

The ETDP SETA window period for the application of the 2024 Unemployed Students Bursary is now open and will close on 16 February 2024.

The Unemployed Students Bursary is offered to students who have been accepted to study at accredited institutions of higher learning institutions/post-school learning.

For more information on how to apply for the bursary, please click on the link below:

2024 ETDP SETA Unemployed Students Bursary application form.pdf


SITA is currently offering bursary opportunities to students who have recently completed their Matric certificate (2023 learners) and are embarking in pursuing their studies towards an ICT qualification specifically for the following programmes:

  • BSc: Computer Science
  • BSc Cyber Security
  • BSc Computer Science and Informatics with Artificial Intelligence
  • BSc Information Technology

For further information in terms of the other requirements, kindly click here.

The closing date is the 16th February 2024



  • Learners must be unemployed.
  • A learner must be from a combined household income of R 0 – R 660 000.
  • Learners must be registered/studying at a Public University or University of Technology.
  • Learners must be studying a qualification within the following Faculties/Colleges at the Institutions: Economic Management Sciences, Auditing, Taxation, Accounting Sciences.
  • Learners studying IT related and Actuarial Sciences will also be considered.
  • The capped amount is R 100 000.
  • The bursary covers: Tuition Fees, Textbooks, Accommodation and Learners Allowances/Meal Allowances


The following mandatory documents should accompany the application form:

  • Application Form
  • Certified ID Copy of learner
  • Certified ID copies of parents/guardians
  • Certified Highest Qualification & Academic record
  • Proof of household income (Payslips of parents/guardians – In the absence of parents/guardians – Affidavits are required)
  • Proof of registration from University/University of Technology (stamped/signed)
  • Proof of Address
  • FASSET Unemployed Declaration Form

Kindly download the application form here.

Unemployed Declaration Form.

Closing date and time: 23:59 midnight on 15 February 2024
Application must be emailed to: bursaryfunding@fasset.org.za
NB: please consider your application unsuccessful should you not receive any feedback from FASSET by 30 April 2024

SASSETA Bursary opportunity


Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA): 2024 Bursary Applications

Closing date: 29 February 2024

GCRA is responsible for building a pool of skilled, capable and ethical workforce for the Gauteng City Region. This is done through different interventions, i.e., bursaries, internships, learnerships, skills programmes, etc.

The GCRA bursary programme is open to all qualifying youth, with particular preference given to youth from Gauteng, who wish to study for an undergraduate and/or post-graduate programme at an accredited and registered Post School Education and Training institution in South Africa. The bursary covers full cost of study, with conditions, as stipulated in the bursary contract.

Find out more

DSAC Bursaries for Heritage Related Studies: 2024


The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture invites applications for bursaries from institutions accredited and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training for students who wish to pursue studies in heritage related programmes.


  • South African citizenship;
  • Letter of provisional acceptance / letter of admission from the institution;
  • Not older than forty (40) years;
  • Outstanding / satisfactory academic performance (academic progress report if already at an institution) or (Grade 12 if you are a 1st year student);
  • Field of study (heritage related)
  • Not employed full time by government, state agencies or private sector with a salary of more than R350 000.
  • Students who are beneficiaries of other bursaries or donors for the 2024 academic year will only be considered if tuition fee at the said university or institution exceeds the DSAC’s threshold by at least 10% upwards.  

Fields of study

  • Anthropology (exclusively with a focus on forensic / medical anthropology)
  • Archaeology (exclusively with a focus on marine and underwater cultural heritage, and forensic)
  • Archives and Records management
  • Conservation of the built environment including preventive conservation (this includes only a field of study and not a course/subject of study)
  • Collections (cultural & natural) management (excluding Nature Conservation)
  • Palaeontology
  • Museum Studies or Management and Curatorship
  • IKS or Courses that contribute to the preservation and promotion of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) and S.A. Living Heritage
  • History
  • Digital heritage
  • Fine Arts


  • The maximum value of the bursary is R110 000 per student.
  • Study fees:  The total amount of study fees will be covered.
  • Books:  The total amount of prescribed books will be covered.
  • Electronic devices not costing more than R10 000.  This will be paid according to receipt/invoices of three quotations.
  • Accommodation: R 50 000 maximum amount (NB where applicable)
  • Meals:  R 18 500 maximum amount (NB where applicable)
  • Transportation:  R10 000 maximum amount (NB where applicable)
  • NB: Funds are payable directly to the higher institution of learning

Before you apply for the Heritage Bursary, please reflect on the following questions:

  1. Have you provisionally/been admitted to study in the 2024 academic year?
  2. Does your qualification fall within the fields of study highlighted above?

Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the Heritage Bursary using this link: https://dsacevents.dsac.gov.za/ZA_burs2023/index.php  All prospective students who wishes to apply for the Heritage Bursary are advised to scan all the documents required so that they can upload them at the time of applying.

Enquiries regarding the bursary applications should be directed to Ms Reinette Stander at telephone: 083 469 2931 or by email to reinettes@dsac.gov.za; or to Mr Maano Muhadi at telephone: (012) 441-3622 or by e-mail to maanom@dsac.gov.za

Closing date for applications is 28 February 2024.

Standard Bank Student Loan Offers

Set your dreams in motion with a Standard Bank Student Loan Without Surety

Standard Bank is offering students an opportunity to get a Student Loan Without Surety – meaning you do not require a guardian or parent to be able to take up this loan. We understand that it may be stressful looking for funding, and that is why you need a bank that backs you.

Minimum Criteria

  • You must be a South African citizen.
  • Your Gross Household Income must be less than R600 000 per annum.
  • 3rd Year students and upwards within Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematic, Commerce, Health Sciences and 5th Year students in Medicine.
  • Open to existing Standard Bank Transactional Account holders. You may apply for one using our digital and other banking channels if you don’t have one
  • Study at one of our participating universities

How does it work?

  • The loan maximum is R120 000 per annum, which can be used to cover tuition, accommodation, books and study equipment.
  • There is no expectation of repayment on the loan while you are studying. However, you will be expected to start repaying the loan six months after completing your studies or as soon as you secure employment. Of course, it will be to your advantage to reduce your balance by making some payments while studying.
  • Monthly interest and service fees will be charged from the loan’s inception and will be added to the outstanding balance.
  • This loan can cover your existing university student debt up to R80 000 for each previous year that may be preventing you from completing your studies
  • Competitive interest rates apply.