Bursary Applications

StudyTrust receives funds from various private and corporate donors to administer in the form of bursaries and scholarships.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to apply online by way of our state-of-the-art profile-based application facility. Applicants in high school who are without internet access may still send us a completed hardcopy application form with the supporting documents attached. However, we will not accept hardcopy forms from applicants already enrolled for tertiary study programmes as all campuses have wifi. Application forms for first-year bursaries can be downloaded below.

Our online application platform, powered by Leaply, is programmed to apply the selection criteria of the various funders to the data supplied by applicants. Applicants are guided by a chat interface to register and provide the relevant personal and academic information in a process that should not take longer than 10 minutes.

At the end of the screening process, the system will display the StudyTrust-administered bursary and scholarship opportunities you qualify to apply for.

You can then easily apply to any (or all) of them using your Leaply profile, answering further questions and uploading supporting documents. You will be notified by email about the progress of your application.

The “Bursaries” tab provides more information on the various opportunities.

StudyTrust awards bursaries based on academic merit, financial need and according to the requirements of individual sponsors.

We prepared a guide to take you through the online application process on the Leaply platform.

You may find the Leaply Application Guide here.

Applications: More General Instructions

1.  Applications, online and hardcopy, must be submitted before 30 September to be considered for a bursary for next year.
2.  We only consider applications completed in full, with all the required supporting documents included.
3.  We strongly encourage you to apply online, but learners still at school may submit hardcopy application forms via fax, email or post.
4.  We only consider applications from South African citizens, with the exception of certified refugees who may apply for the Albert Einstein Scholarship for Refugees (DAFI) that we administer. You may find the download link at the bottom of this page.
5.  Please apply timeously for admission to the educational institution of your choice.
6.  Please also apply for a NSFAS-administered DHET bursary here if you qualify.
7.  Career advice is available from SAQA Career Advice Services: Helpline Number: 086 999 0123, SMS 072 204 5056, Fax 086 458 8172 or email careerhelp@dhet.gov.za.
8.  If you apply on a StudyTrust hardcopy application form you will be considered for all the bursaries we manage, so you ONLY need to complete one application form. However, apply for as many other bursaries as possible. A list of available bursaries can be obtained from Career Advice Services.

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

1.  Full-time students at Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) 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 the exact name of study programme, type and name of the educational institution and the year of study. Study programme changes, after submitting your application forms, may lead to the cancellation of a bursary.

Document Checklist

Documents to accompany your bursary application (where applicable)

The online application process is divided into stages – not all documents are to be uploaded during the first stage. Applicants are advised to keep the documents ready should they be requested to upload them at a later stage.

Hard copy applications (2020 first years only) must be accompanied by all the requisite documents.

1.  South African ID.
2.  Grade 11 final results.
3.  This year’s June results (or your latest results if you are not studying this year).
4.  Official Matric/ NSC results if you have completed Grade 12.
5.  Tertiary students: Full academic record and/or June results or progress report of all subjects (if no examinations were written).
6.  A Testimonial by a responsible Educational Official from your Teacher or Lecturer.
7.  Payslips for your parent(s) if employed.
8.  Latest financial statements if your parent(s) is/are self-employed.
9.  Sworn affidavits if your parent(s) is/are unemployed.
10.  A copy of your CV (only for hardcopy applications).
11.  A head and shoulders picture of you.

Submitted Applications

1.  You will receive an email confirming receipt of your completed application form and further emails notifying you of your progress in the application process
2.  Our contact details:  E-mail enquiries onlyapply@studytrust.org.za

Apply Online Here

Ensure that you have all your supporting documents as stated in the Document Checklist above ready for uploading.

Download Here

The StudyTrust Application form may be downloaded for first-year bursaries and applicants in high school who are without internet access only! The completed form with requisite documents should reach StudyTrust on or before 30 September 2019.

⇒    StudyTrust Bursary Application Form 2020

The Dafi Application form may be downloaded below. The completed form with requisite documents should reach StudyTrust on or before 31 October 2019.

⇒    DAFI (UNHCR) Bursary Application Form 2020

About Us
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Registered Educational Trust
PBO Tax Exempt 

45+ Years experience
R600 million+ in bursaries to students

21 000+ Bursaries & scholarships awarded
NSFAS NGO Partner & UNHCR Implementing Partner

NPO Sustainability Rating
Level One (>91%)

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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