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FNB Fund Bursary Programme

The FNB Fund Bursary Programme provides access to tertiary education to learners on the basis of academic merit and financial need. This is a partial bursary, towards tertiary education. Applicants are advised to also apply for a study loan, through the Financial Aid Office of their university of choice, from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to cover the shortfall of the partial bursary and their university costs. Terms and conditions apply.


Although it is an open bursary programme, the following selection criteria apply:
  • Beneficiaries must demonstrate academic potential;
  • Beneficiaries must demonstrate financial need;
  • Applicants may not be excluded on the basis of race, gender or disability;
  • Applicants who have completed their matric/ NSC more than two years prior to application will not be considered;
  • Beneficiaries must be South African citizens;
  • There is a bias towards selecting female beneficiaries;
  • There is a bias towards rural students and historically disadvantaged communities;
  • Funding may only be awarded for full time study;
  • It is the intention of the Fund to include people with a disability on the Programme; and
  • The Fund will consider support for students who are registered for undergraduate studies only, with the exception of Honours in Accounting which must include courses to enable the bursar to qualify as a Chartered Accountant.

Fields of Study

  • Accounting, Actuarial Science, Auditing,
  • Economic & Management Sciences, Economics, Financial Management
  • Investment Management, Management, Quantitative Finance, Statistics, Finance
  • Marketing, Human Resources, Law, Psychology, Organisational Psychology
  • Aeronautical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Building Technology, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering
  • Construction Management, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics
  • Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Mining Survey Architecture
  • Mathematical Statistics, Business Information Technology
  • Computer Engineering, Computer Science
  • Information Systems, Information Technology, Software Development
  • Actuarial Science, Statistics, Mathematics

Selection Criteria

B Com/ B Business Science:
  • A minimum of 60% in Mathematics
  • A minimum of 60% in English
  • A minimum of 60% in Mathematics
  • A minimum of 60% in English
  • A minimum of 60% in Physical Science
  • A minimum of 60% in Mathematics
  • A minimum of 60% in English
  • A minimum of 60% in Physical Science

Application Procedure

  • Due to a possible postal strike and the likelihood of your application not reaching us before the closing date, we encourage applicants to make use of the Online Application Feature .
  • Alternatively, application forms can be downloaded from HERE.
  • Email your completed form and supporting documents in PDF format (not exceeding 1megabyte) to  apply@studytrust.org.za or fax 086 538 1537
  • If you require an application form to be posted to you, please sms the word STUDY, your name, surname, postal address & postal code to 31022. (Standard sms rates apply)
  • Completed application forms may still be submitted to the postal address, StudyTrust, Private bag X16, Braamfontein, 2017.
  • For applying online, please indicate in the relevant space that you are applying for an FNB Fund bursary. We will, however, consider your application for other bursaries too, so you only have to apply ONCE.

Closing Date

  • The closing date for submitting your completed application form with all supporting documents is  30 September. This deadline applies to all modes of application.
Acknowledgement of receipt
  • StudyTrust (the FNB bursary administrator) receives thousands of application forms each year and it is therefore not possible for us to acknowledge receipt of all completed forms. All applications will be considered and selection will take place from September to December. All applicants will be notified of the outcome not later than 31 December.Contact StudyTrust if you need more information: e-mail: apply@studytrust.org.za
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