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Postgraduate Support Bursary

General information

Allocation of funds is subject to availability. The Postgraduate Support Bursary amount is not sufficient to cover all study costs and students should also apply for other bursaries and loans, and/or have supplementary funds available. Bursaries are paid, after receipt of the signed Declaration and completed financial planning, in March. Please note that needy students are classified as those who have a genuinely low family income. Students who experience financial problems because of lifestyle choices (housing, transport, education of offspring) do not qualify as such.



The Postgraduate Support Bursary is a resource for extremely financially needy students (SA citizens ONLY) registered with the University for postgraduate programmes a postgraduate diploma, an honours, Master's or doctoral degree. This scheme is available to full­time and part-time postgraduate students. Part-time students qualify for a smaller amount. ​


Financial need is determined by a means test that takes the following into consideration:

  • Gross Family income of R 350 000
  • Other bursaries received
  • Family size
  • Home Consumers' Index

Apply on http://my.sun.ac.za 


Applications OPEN for 2021

Closing date: 30 September 2020


Outcome of 2021 Applications: Mid-December