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Online Bursary Applications

General Instructions

  1. Submit your bursary applications before 31 August 2018, for a bursary for 2019.
  2. We only consider application forms completed in full, with all the required supporting documents included.
  3. Application forms can be submitted online or via email or post.
  4. We only consider applications from South African citizens, with the exception of legal refugees who may apply for the Albert Einstein Scholarship for Refugees that we administer.
  5. Please apply timeously for admission to the educational institution of your choice
  6. Please apply for Financial Aid when you apply for admission at tertiary institutions
  7. Career advice is available from SAQA Career Advice Services: Helpline Number: 0860 111 673, SMS 0722045056 or email
  8. If you apply on a StudyTrust application form you will be considered for all the bursaries we manage, so ONLY complete one StudyTrust application. However, apply for as many other bursaries as possible. A list of available bursaries can be obtained from Career Advice Services.

Selection Criteria

Bursary selection is based on financial need, academic potential and study programmes. Bursaries are available for:

  1. Full-time students at Further Education and Training (FET) and Agricultural Colleges
  2. University of Technology and University students studying full-time, with a pass symbol in all subjects, studying towards careers in demand by the labour market
  3. Applicants for tertiary bursaries must specify: exact name of study programme, type and name of the educational institution and the year of study. Please differentiate clearly between “University of Technology” and “University”. Study programme changes, after submitting your application forms, may lead to the cancellation of a bursary.

Funding Available

StudyTrust awards 3 types of bursaries: access bursaries, partial bursaries and full cost bursaries.

  1. Access bursaries of around R25000 are aimed at allowing prospective students to register and find accommodation until their DHET bursaries are activated.
  2. Partial bursaries cover around 50% of the total cost of studying per year, with the balance to be covered by additional funding e.g. a study loan or DHET bursary.
  3. Full-cost bursaries cover all study-related costs as agreed with individual donors and sponsors.

How To Apply

  1. Complete your bursary applications online between 1 April 2018 and 31 August 2018
  2. Please carefully follow our instructions below. We do not consider incomplete bursary applications
  3. Our online application form (preferred) is accessed by clicking on the link below. An application form can also be downloaded if you prefer to submit a hardcopy application. an application form if you do not have Internet access.
  4. Please do not use previous year’s bursary application forms for applications for 2019 bursaries.

Document Checklist

Documents to accompany your bursary application (where applicable)

  1. A certified copy of this year’s June (mid-year) examination results or a progress report
  2. Your final matric NSC results (if completed)
  3. Full academic record, if you are a tertiary student
  4. A testimonial: By a responsible educational official (e.g. your teacher or lecturer)
  5. An essay on your life, written by you
  6. Proof of income/salary* of parent(s) or guardian (*e.g. payslip, letter from employer, sworn statement or tax return statement).
  7. Certified copy of your South African ID
  8. Copy of your CV

Submitted Applications

  1. You will receive an sms or email confirming receipt of your completed application form
  2. You may expect an sms informing you whether your application was successful by 21 December.  Please contact us ONLY after 15 January next year if you have not received any feedback on your application
  3. Our contact details

Postal Address: Private Bag X16, BRAAMFONTEIN 2017


About Us
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Registered Educational Trust
PBO Tax Exempt 
44+ Years experience
R500 million+ in bursaries to students
20 000+ Bursaries & scholarships awarded
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StudyTrust is an educational trust and public benefit organisation, that connects learners with potential to their study opportunities.
We administer bursaries and scholarships, provide mentoring and support to help tertiary students thrive academically and personally.

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