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Private Bursaries

​​​​​​​​​These bursaries are limited to certain fields of study and offer small amounts to a few selected students only. These bursaries are subject to the availability of funds. When allocations of the private bursaries are made, preference is given to SA citizens, with the highest level of study (degree programme) and the highest marks, unless otherwise specified. Some departments, especially those in the fields of science and technology, offer financial assistance from departmental funds to selected students.

List of Private Bursaries


Apply on http://my.sun.ac.za

Open: 1 JUNE 2020

Closing date: First Friday in Dec annually

Outcome: End May 2021

Harry Crossley


Scholarship details

Masters and Doctoral students in full-time study. Apply on http://my.sun.ac.za

Eligibility criteria

  • All fields of study except Theology and Political Science
  • Minimum average of 70% in previous degree obtained at a South African institution
  • Weighted thesis component of 50% or more


  • Masters  R 110 000
  • Doctoral R 130 000
Closing date: 30 September 2020

Outcome for 2021 Applications: Mid-December

HB & MJ Thom

Closing 4 September 2020

​Scholarship details

Only for SA citizens

For Full-time Honours, Masters and Doctoral study.  All fields of Study.

Criteria of award

Good moral values, positive post-matric leadership in the following fields: sport, cultural, academics, religion etc. Although not a requirement for the award, the University will give preference to applicants who, in addition to the stipulated conditions, obtained a good academic record in their previous degree/studies.

Two testimonials verifying the criteria must accompany the application form. A CV should also accompany the application.

In order to comply with the requirements, the applicant needs to state 3 outstanding achievements in at least 2 of the following leadership categories, i.e. participation in SU student leadership structures, sport, participation in cultural activities/community involvement or leadership roles in religion.  ​


  • Honours R 40 000
  • Masters  R 50 000
  • Doctoral R 70 000

HB MJ THOM 2021 App form PDF fillable.pdf

SASOL-Stellenbosch 2020

Scholarship details

For Full-time Masters and Doctoral students in Chemistry and Process Engineering

Eligibility criteria

  • SA citizens only

Application made via memorandum with recommendation by supervisor emphasizing the importance/relevance of research with regard to SASOL.


  • Variable

Closing date: 16 March 2021

Outcome: End April 2021

Ernst Ethel and Eriksen Trust​

Opening 1 August and closing 30 September 2020 

Scholarship details

Masters and Doctoral students in full-time study. Apply on http://eriksentrust.co.za   

Eligibility criteria

  • Only for South African citizens
  • For study at a South African university
  • Student must have completed their honours study to apply

Contact Information

Private Bag X 67,

Bryanston, 2021

South Africa