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About Financial aid

Financial Aid Office (FAO) strives to render excellent, efficient, professional and a friendly service to students. FAO offers students an opportunity to access tertiary education, though not all students qualify for financial aid assistance as it is granted on the basis of certain financial and academic criteria. Students who are needy and have academic potential are urged apply for financial aid.



German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Information Sessions #SMUInternationalisation

Are you interested in studying at a German University? The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) South Africa office will be hosting various Information Sessions in March 2023.

The Information Sessions available are:

Webinar Series: Meet your German University

7, 8, 9 March 2023, 12:00 – 13:00 SAST

In this virtual series three German Universities will introduce themselves and present study opportunities at their institutions. The DAAD South Africa will give an overview of funding opportunities available to South Africana and sub-Saharan citizens.

How to Apply! With the DAAD and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Tuesday, 14 March 2023, 12:00 – 13:00 SAST

Join the DAAD South Africa and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for a virtual information session to find out how to apply for your next scholarship and get an idea of what funding is the best fit for you. DAAD and Alexander von Humboldt funding programmes, writing a letter of motivation, setting up study/research schedules, writing your research proposal and more.


Attendance for all DAAD Information Sessions is free, registration is needed. More information and links to register can be found here: DAAD South Africa Upcoming Info-Sessions

Should you have any questions please send an email to


London School of DIGITAL BUSINESS - Go Digital Scholarship Program

London School of DIGITAL BUSINESS is excited to bring, Go Digital International Scholarship Program for students. It is an extraordinary opportunity to earn a scholarship by proving one’s merit.

Students who pass the Scholarship Test will be awarded the scholarship for a training program. The course will introduce students to the Digital Essentials in their own domain / specialization, and make  ready you for the digital era.


For any queries connect with us at +919156099974 or write to us at  

International scholarships: Mauritius, EU (Erasmus +), United States, Turkey, New Zealand, SADC and India open for applications

Applications are now open for the Fulbright Foreign Student Programme 2024/2025.

The call for proposals for the ERASMUS + 2023 and the calls for scholarship applications for the Mauritius-Africa Scholarship Scheme 2023, the 2023 Türkiye Scholarships, the Government of Brunei Darussalam Scholarship to Foreign Students 2023/2024, the 2023 SADC Tertiary Institution Essay competition for all tertiary students, the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships Programme and the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme are still open.

International scholarships: Mauritius, EU (Erasmus +), United States, Turkey, New Zealand, SADC and India open for applications (

Application For A Postgraduate Tuition Bursary 2023

Closing Date for Submission of Applications is 30 MARCH 2023.

Application For A Postgraduate Tuition Bursary 2023

Chinese Government Scholarship 2023.

The Chinese Government is offering scholarships for South African students to study at Chinese institutions starting in the 2023/24 academic year for Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD and non-degree Chinese language studies.

The deadline for submitting applications is 23 January 2023.

The scholarship will offer the following :

The Chinese Government :


Tuition (RMB per year)*

Accommodation (RMB per year)

Stipend (RMB per year)

Medical Insurance (RMB per year)

Chinese language studies





Bachelor’s degree





Master’s degree





Doctoral degree





The Department (subject to the availability of funding)

  • One return economy airfare
  • Monthly stipend
  • Once-off settlement allowance
  • Visa costs
  • Compulsory orientation programme before departure.

*Please note that the above is travel to China will be subject to imposed travel restrictions and the Department will only book flights for students when safety and seamless travel of students can be assured.

Click here for more information on The Chinese Government scholarship programme.

The Stipendium Hungaricum for South Africans 2023

The Hungarian Government is offering 100 scholarships to South African students to study at participating public universities in Hungary – at Bachelor’s, Master’s, One-Tier Master’s and Doctoral levels with short term mobility opportunities or Exchange Programmes ( 1 or 2 semesters) for registered Master or Doctoral candidates.

The deadline for submitting applications is 15 January 2023, this includes both full degree programmes and partial/exchange programmes.

The scholarship will cover the following:

The Hungarian Government

  • Tuition fees
  • Monthly stipend
  • University accommodation or a contribution towards private accommodation
  • Medical insurance

The Department (subject to the availability of funding)

  • International travel
  • Contribution towards monthly stipend
  • Settlement allowance
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • SAQA verification of qualification

Click here for more information on the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme.

SWEDEN: DHET call for applications for university application fee support - Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals 2023/2024

What the Scholarship covers:

  •  Full tuition fees coverage;
  •  Living expenses of SEK 11,000/month (~R18 000);
  • Travel grant of SEK 15,000 (~ R24 600) for the entire scholarship period – this will be paid upon arrival in Sweden, therefore recipients will need to pay for their own flight to Sweden;
  • Insurance against illness and accident;
  • Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) – a platform to grow your network and experience, while in Sweden;
  • Lifelong membership of the SI Alumni Network – a platform for further professional development and to stay in touch

DHET Additional Financial Support:

Swedish university application fee, to up to fifteen (15) qualifying scholarship applicants

Closing Dates:

16 January 2023 : Last day for submission of Swedish university applications and DHET application for payment of university application fee
10-28 February 2023 – Submission of Swedish Institute Scholarship application

More details: Click here

SWITZERLAND: Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2023-2024
  • Degree Level: PhD, Postdoctoral, Research Fellow
  • Fields of study: Open to all academic fields of research.

What the Scholarship covers:

  • Stipend: Postdoctoral research: CHF 3500/month;
  • Stipend: PhD and Research scholarship: CHF 1920/month;
  • Mandatory Swiss health insurance;
  • One-time lump sum of CHF 300.-with the first grant payment to help for payment of the housing deposit;
  • Flight allowance (lump sum) for a ticket back to their country of origin (provided at the end of the scholarship).

DHET Additional Financial Support:


Closing Dates:

15 December 2022

More details: Click here

Mauritius-Africa Scholarship Scheme 2022 (April 2022 Intake) - Closed

The Government of Mauritius is offering scholarships to eligible South Africans for full-time, on-campus undergraduate and postgraduate programmes tenable in public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Mauritius for the 2022 academic year starting in April 2022.

All applicants for the scholarship must have already applied for at least one full-time on-campus programme at a public higher education institution of their choice in Mauritius. The deadline for submitting applications is 31 January 2022.

The Scholarship will cover the following:

– Tuition fees and course-related costs of up to MUR 100 000.
– Monthly living allowance to the value of MUR 12 500 (approximately R4 500).
– Students will be entitled to free basic health care in public hospitals in Mauritius.
– Return airfare to and from Mauritius by the most economical route.

For more information on the call and the application process, visit International Scholarships Website.

DHET call for applications for university application fee support: Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals 2022/2023. - Closed

The Swedish Institute (SI) Scholarships for Global Professionals is offering scholarships for full-time one or two-year master’s degree programmes at Swedish universities for 2022 academic year. The scholarship aims to develop global leaders who will contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and contribute to a positive and sustainable development in their home countries.

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is offering support, including advice and payment of the Swedish university application fee, to up to fifteen (15) qualifying scholarship applicants.

Only those who have applied for admission to a Swedish university AND commit to applying for the SI Scholarship for Global Professionals are eligible. Selection will be done based on meeting the overall SI Scholarship for Global Professionals criteria including university entrance requirements, academic excellence, individual need, and alignment with South African government priorities.

To apply for the university application fee support from the DHET, eligible applicants must complete the DHET application form for support form and attach the following documents:

      –   Transcripts of four-year Bachelor’s or Bachelor’s and Honour’s degrees;
–   Copy of ID;
–   Proof of Swedish university application;
–   A CV not exceeding three (3) pages.

All the documents must be emailed to by 17 January 2022.

For more information on the call and the application process, visit International Scholarships Website.

The Clicks Foundation bursary 2022 - Closed

The Clicks Foundation bursary fund is a merit-based programme aimed at addressing scarce and critical skills in the retail and pharmaceutical healthcare industry. Our bursary programme promotes the Group’s principles of sustainable development and transformation whilst contributing to South Africa’s national development plan.

This bursary programme is about rewarding excellence by supporting undergraduate students without any attached obligations.

In order to be eligible for the bursary, applicants must meet the following criteria:

 Confirmed South African citizenship
 Registered 2nd, 3rd or 4th year undergraduate Pharmacy student
 Aged between 19 and 35 years
 Not be in possession of another bursary or subject to a bursary obligation

A Clicks bursary covers the following cost for undergraduate studies at a South African university:
 Registration fees
 Tuition fees
 Prescribed textbooks
 Support in the form of study assistance and aids where required

Bursary applications are screened against the Clicks selection criteria, as well as the national and provincial EAP. Preference will be given to persons with disabilities and persons from designated groups. Bursaries are awarded at the Clicks Foundation’s sole discretion.

The bursary only funds academic studies that pertain to academic year of registration. The bursary award expressly excludes any fees or costs associated with previous study loans or tuition expenses. The bursary application period opens annually on the 1st October and closes on the 31st October. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

All Applications must be completed online:
For Enquiries email:

Ninety One Bursary Application for Academic Year 2021 - Closed
Call for NRF Postgraduate Scholarships 2021 - Closed

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call of new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2021 Academic year. All continuing students who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application.

The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. Applicants for honours funding must be 28 years of age or younger respectively in the year of application. Successful applicants will be funded either at Full Cost Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS). The FCS funding will be awarded to South African citizens and permanent residents only, who are either financially needy (i.e., those whose combined household family income is less or equal to R350 000 per annum), living with a disability or exceptional academic achievers. However, the PCS funding will be awarded to 5% of international students including South African citizens and permanent residents who could not be funded under FCS but meet other minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria.

Scholarships are intended to support honours, masters and doctoral candidates to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

The NRF has phased out the block grant nomination process as well as the grant-holder linked modalities of funding postgraduate students in 2020. As from 2021 funding year, all the postgraduate students will be expected to apply on the NRF Online Submission System by accessing the link:, no manual applications will be accepted. Universities will set their own internal cut-off dates for applications and the applicants must abide by those dates.

Please refer to the application and funding documents when completing the online application form at every step of the process.

For enquiries, applicants’ are encouraged to contact the Research or Postgraduate offices at their universities. Should there still be a need to contact the NRF, below are the contact persons and details:




NRF-Postgraduate-Scholarships-Application-and-Funding-Guide-2021 SARAO-HCD-Applications-for-Honours-Scholarships-for-2021-Application-Guide NRF-Postgraduate-Scholarships-Application-and-Funding-Framework-2021 NRF-Postgraduate-Scholarships-2021-Frequently-Asked-Questions General-Application-Guide-2021-Ver-41-27-Mar-20

HCI Foundation Online Bursary Application Year 2021 - Closed
2021 IBS Call for Applications - Closed
  • The CSIR and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) are pleased to announce the DSI CSIR Inter-bursary Support Programme (IBS) call for applications.The IBS postgraduate bursary support is intended for students approved for- or registered for full time studies for Honours/ 4th year Engineering/BTech/Advanced Diploma, Masters or PhD degrees at any South African public university. The focus areas for the bursary support are restricted to the following research areas:
    • Aerospace
    • Composites
    • Modelling and Digital Sciences
    • Microsystems Technology
    • Titanium (Manufacturing Elements)
    • Photonics
    • Biotechnology:
      • Biopharming
      • Bioprocessing
      • Biocatalysis
    • Information and Communications Technology
    • Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)
    • Health

    The detailed guidelines document, advert and links to access the online application forms for Honours, Masters and Doctoral levels are attached on this email. Please complete the online application form (see links below) and submit all the required supporting documents as per information provided in the call documents by email to:

    For Honours, 4th year Engineering, BTech and Advanced Diploma applications please click on the link below to complete an online application form:

    For Masters and Doctoral applications please click on the link below to complete an online application form:

    Should you have any queries with regards to the call requirements or application procedure, please contact:

    Justice Komane
    Tel: 012 841 3304


    Katlego Ramonyai
    Tel: 012 842 7519

    Call for CSIR Postgraduate Bursary Applications
    Call for 2021




More funding opportunities
ABE BAILEY Travel Bursary 2020 - Closed


Applications are invited from senior students (third year and above) or staff members of junior lecturer status who are academically strong and have shown exceptional qualities of leadership and service, with a good track record not only on campus but also in a wider social context and who are able to function as part of a select and highly skilled group.  Applicants should be South African nationals with a valid passport and aged 25 or less at the start of the tour.


The travel bursary will be to the United Kingdom for the period 22nd November to 19th December 2020.  Applicants are required to submit the following documentation:

  1. A personal letter of motivation as to why he/she is applying for the bursary
  2. A current CV
  3. Three letters of reference, none older than three years
  4. Certified copies of ID, matric certificate and university academic record
  5. Certified copies of school and university merit/achievement certificates (limited to five)
  6. Details of leadership roles in the community, at school and at university (attach certified copies of certificates)

The closing date for applications at the University is FRIDAY, 15th MAY 2020.  All completed applications must be submitted to Mrs K Hermann, Financial Aid Office, One Stop Student Centre, Basement, Clinpath Building X4622.  No incomplete and late applications will be accepted.

Academic staff members are requested to assist in identifying students who meet the requirements above and to bring this information to the attention of those students.

For further information, please contact Mrs K Hermann

For more details, please follow the link below:


Compensation Fund Bursary for 2021 Academic Year - Closed
Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) - Closed


Bursaries South Africa’s - Closed

Provincial and Private Bursaries


SA Bursaries, South Africa’s largest bursary website, has compiled a list of bursaries for you. Please visit where you will find a link to each bursary with further information such as eligibility requirements, details on how to apply, application forms where available or details on how to obtain a form, a list of supporting documents required, closing dates and contact details of the bursary holder if you have any further queries.