Funding For
Undergraduate Bursaries

 

Do you want to pursue undergraduate studies in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) but can’t afford to do so? In South Africa there are various bursaries, scholarships and student loan opportunities available that can help you to Discover the Gold in Your Grey Matter.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BURSARY,
SCHOLARSHIP AND A STUDENT LOAN?
 

Bursaries are awarded on the basis of academic merit and other criteria, including financial need. They are awarded by companies, 
private and religious organisations or government departments. Bursaries often have conditions attached to them. For example, you may need to work
for the company that provides the bursary for a specified period once you have completed your studies.

A scholarship is financial assistance awarded for outstanding academic achievement. Usually no employment conditions are attached to a scholarship.

Most banks offer student loans at special interest rates, which are lower than normal rates. A parent or someone with assets has to sign as surety
(to guarantee repayment).There are also government loans available to prospective students whose family members cannot afford to pay for them to study.

BURSARIES, SCHOLARSHIPS
AND LOANS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STEM STUDENTS
 

  1. NSFAS Bursaries and Loans
    NSFAS (Nation Student Financial Aid Scheme) is the South African Government student loan and bursary scheme.
    NSFAS provides loans and bursaries to students at all public universities and FET colleges though out the count.

    Learn more here: http://www.nsfas.org.za
     
  2. NSTF Bursary Platform
    The NSTF (National Science and Technology Forum), in partnership with UNESCO and the South African Department of Science and Technology,
    has an online platform where learners can search for registered bursaries in their field of interest.
     
  3. Private Entities
    Private entities such as companies also offer bursaries in all fields of study. These bursaries are normally advertised in newspapers or on the companies’ websites.
     
  4. SANSA Bursaries
    SANSA (South African National Space Agency) offers bursaries in Space Science (Antarctic space weather, climate change, ionospheric structures,
    radio propagation models) and Earth Observation (remote sensing, earth systems, software engineering, systems engineering).

    Learn more here: http://www.sansa.org.za/bursaries
     
  5. SKA Bursaries and Programmes
    SKA (Square Kilometre Array) offers bursaries and programmes for undergraduate students in various areas, ranging from electronic and mechanical engineering to computer science and radio astronomy. They also have a national diploma programme.

    Learn more here: http://ska.ac.za/students/ugbp.php