University of Pretoria Bursaries Application 2025/2026

University of Pretoria Bursaries Application 2025/2026

The University of Pretoria Bursaries Application for 2025/2026. Find Out How to Apply for University of Pretoria Bursaries 2025/2026

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Universities in South Africa Bursaries 2025/2026

2025-2025 Bursaries In South Africa Closing In All Fields

Government Departments Bursaries 2025/2026

Before you proceed to know How to Apply for the University of Pretoria Bursaries 2025/2026 take a quick look at the topics below if you are interested:

Learnerships in South Africa 2025/2026

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Student Loans in South Africa 2025/2026

Bursaries Managed by University of Pretoria

UP Sports Bursaries

Applications openApplications closeApplication websiteContact information
1 June

of the year preceding studies

31 August

of the year preceding studies

 www.up.ac.za/sportTuksSport Office

Tel: +27 (0)12 420 6060

www.up.ac.za/sport

Sports bursaries are available to sports achievers who obtained at least provincial colours in a specific range of sports offered by UP, during their Grade 11 and/or Grade 12 years, and who will continue to actively participate in their sport for a UP club while studying at the University of Pretoria.

The bursary is only available to South African citizens, who are full-time bonafide students of the University of Pretoria.
Successful applicants are required to sign a contract for the year in which the bursary is awarded.
Bursaries are awarded for one sports code per athlete

UP Support Bursaries

Applications openApplications closeApplication websiteContact information
1 September

of the year preceding studies

31 July 2025

 

www.up.ac.za/feesfundingUP Student Service Centre

Tel: +27 (0)12 420 3111

  • A limited number of bursaries are made available annually that were donated by external donors and placed under the management of UP. The bursaries are available to students who register for full-time study and who are financially needy and/or academically deserving. Students who are South African citizens or hold permanent residency in South Africa, may be considered for these bursaries.
  • Other bursaries/loans received by the applicant will be taken into consideration to determine financial needs where applicable.
  • It is advisable that students who are financially needy should also apply for NSFAS funding and not only for UP support bursaries which are limited.
  • University support bursaries are not guaranteed and are subject to the availability of funds.
  • Special motivation or proof of meeting the criteria for some of the UP support bursaries has to be submitted as part of the application on the University’s online funding application system. These supporting documents will be indicated to you on the application system.

The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme (Teaching)

Applications openApplications closeApplication websiteContact information
1  October

of the year preceding the commencement of studies

30 October

for returning students

15 December

for new students

www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za/UP Student Service Centre at Groenkloof Campus

Tel: +27 (0)12 420 4216

  • The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools.
  • Students who are awarded Funza Lushaka bursaries will be required to commit themselves upon qualification to teach in public schools in terms of a service contract that will form part of the bursary agreement. Students who default on the agreement will be required to refund their bursary awards to NSFAS in terms of the agreement and according to the procedure determined by NSFAS.
  • The bursary is only awarded to South African citizens. The application will not be considered unless the applicant has a valid South African ID number.
  • Full-cost bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority.
  • The priority areas are:
    • Foundation phase (ie Grades R-3): Foundation phase specialisation
    • Intermediate and Senior Phase (Grades 4-9): A teaching major in one of the following:
    • African Languages; English Language; Mathematics; Natural Science; or Technology.
    • FET phase (Grades 10-12): A teaching major in one of the following:
      • Accounting; African Languages; Agricultural Sciences; Agricultural Technology; Civil Technology; Computer Applications Technology; Economics; Electrical Technology; Engineering Graphics and Design; English Language; Geography; Information Technology; Life Sciences; Mathematics; Mathematical Literacy; Mechanical Technology; or Physical Sciences.
  • The criteria for bursary awards are determined by the donor annually.

How to apply

You need to apply for admission to a teaching Qualification (BEd or PGCE) or a Bachelors degree (e.g BCom, BSc, BA) with at least one major course in a priority area and commit to following this on with a PGCE teaching qualification. Once you gained admission at a University, you are required to apply for the bursary via www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za
Note: Keep your UP student number as well as SA ID number, handy when applying.

Thuthuka Education Upliftment Fund

Applications openApplications closeApplication websiteContact information
1 March

of Grade 12 year

 

30 April

of Grade 12 year

 

www.saica.co.zaTel: +27 (0)11 621 6600

Email: saica@saica.co.za

www.saica.co.za

The Thuthuka Education Upliftment Fund is a successful multi-sector partnership between the private sector and various arms of government (Departments of Labour, Education, Science and Technology) aimed at ensuring disadvantaged youth with potential are able to become chartered accountants.

Requirements for application of the Thuthuka bursary

  • The learner must be an African or Coloured South African Citizen
  • The learner must obtain at least 60% for Mathematics at the end of Grade 11 to apply, NOT MATHS LITERACY.
  • The learner must be in Grade12 intending on studying BCom Accounting the following year to become a chartered accountant.
  • The learner must be financially needy, apply for NSFAS, and will be assessed using NSFAS MEANS TEST to confirm the financial need.

The Process of Awarding a Bursary

  • The learner must have applied to or be in the process of applying to the University of Pretoria
  • Once the learner has met the above criteria they will be called in for testing, which may be followed by an interview. Provisional awards are made pending the final Grade 12 results.

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Bursary

Applications openApplications closeApplication websiteContact information
1 June

of the year preceding studies

 

30 September

of the year preceding studies

 

www.daff.gov.za

(click Food Security and Agrarian Reform Branch, then Education Training & Extension, then Careers)

 

Ms Tshilidzi Netshilema

Tel: +27 (0)12 319 7848

E-mail: TshilidziN@daff.gov.za

Mr Looksharp Makaringi

Tel: +27 (0)12 319 7923

E-mail: LooksharpM@daff.gov.za

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) introduced the DAFF External Bursary Scheme as a measure of recruiting young people to follow a career in agriculture, forestry and fisheries. Annually the DAFF recruits deserving young people from previously disadvantaged groups with good results in Mathematics and Physical Science to be worthy recipients of this bursary.

Department of Social Development Social Work Bursary

Applications openApplications closeApplication websiteContact information
1 September

of the year preceding studies

31 October

of the year preceding studies

www.dsd.gov.zaProvincial Department of Health and Social Development in your province

 

Bursaries for those interested in studying social work are provided by the Department of Social Development, through your specific provincial office of this department. These bursaries have a work back condition – ie the student works for the Department of Social Development in his/her respective province for the number of years for which the student received the bursary.

Rural Education Access Programme (REAP)

Applications openApplications closeApplication websiteContact information
 

1 September

of the learner’s grade 11 years of study

 

31 January

of the learner’s grade 12 years of study

 

www.reap.org.za

 

Tel: +27 (0)21 696 5500

 

REAP assists students from poor rural communities in South Africa, calling on state mechanisms to assist financially needy rural students and also providing value-added support to the students.

Studietrust Bursary

Applications openApplications closeApplication websiteContact information
 

1 April

of the year preceding studies

 

 

 

31 August

downloadable forms

30 September

online applications

 

www.studytrust.org.za

 

 

Tel: +27 (0)11 403 1632/3

 

This is a Christian NGO. The bursary gives preference to rural students that are studying a degree in agriculture, economics, teaching or engineering.

MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Programme

Applications openApplications closeApplication websiteContact information
1 May

of the year preceding studies

15 September

of the year preceding studies

www.up.ac.za

(International Students)

mcfsp@up.ac.za
  • Citizens from African countries  who are first-time applicants at UP as first-year students
  • Study fields: Engineering, BCom – Accounting Sciences, BCom – Financial Sciences, BCom – Economics, BCom – Informatics, BCom – Agribusiness Management, BScAgric – Food Science and Technology, BScAgric – Agricultural Economics / Agribusiness Management, BScAgric – Animal Science, BScAgric – Plant Pathology, BScAgric – Applied Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Very specific criteria for eligibility exist so please get details from the website.

External bursaries from other institutions

On the UP website, www.up.ac.za/feesfunding you can search for a list of some external companies and institutions that offer bursaries. Browsing the internet for  “South Africa” “bursary” and “your intended degree programme”  lists numerous companies that may offer bursaries.  Never pay for any website to send you information and do not provide private information to unknown parties.

After securing your own external bursary

If you have secured your own external bursary from a company or institution you need to bring this to our attention. In order for the University to capture this external bursary information and where applicable, waive the requirement to pay the initial registration fee in order to register, you must submit written proof of the bursary/bursaries awarded to you, prior to or during the registration at the Student Service Centre.

The proof of bursary must be on an official letterhead, signed by the bursar/donor, and must confirm the total amount of the bursary granted to you and must also indicate what the bursary amount covers (eg tuition fees, residence, meals, textbooks, etc). A Bursary Form is available in the Student Service Centre or can be downloaded from the UP web page www.up.ac.za, which can assist external institutions in clearly specifying the detail of the bursary they are offering the student.  This Bursary Form however must be submitted together with the proof of a bursary on the official letterhead of the bursar/donor.

The Bursary Register

A private company also publishes The Bursary Register. Prospective and registered students may purchase The Bursary Register at their own cost. This booklet provides information on everything you need to know about bursaries, scholarships and loans in South Africa. Please note that The Bursary Register does not provide application forms as each bursary indicates its own method of application and it is not a product of the University of Pretoria.

Contact the University of Pretoria for more details about the Bursaries and also check your status.

The Bursary Register

Tel:                                         +27 (0)11 672 6559

Email:                                    rlevin@mweb.co.za

Postal address:                       PO Box 178, Florida Hills 1716

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