University of South Africa UNISA Undergraduate Bursaries

University of South Africa UNISA Undergraduate Bursaries

Students may qualify for the following prestigious bursaries:

The Department of Higher Education and Training bursary for students with disabilities

This bursary aims to facilitate the employment of persons with disabilities by empowering them through financial means to academic access.

To qualify, the student must:

  • be a South African citizen with a disability
  • show the potential to succeed academically


This bursary covers tuition fees, study material and assistive devices, depending on the nature of the disability. Students need to apply annually.

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Students will not be allowed to change the course for which they have been granted the bursary.
To be awarded, students must meet the requirements of the bursary. A limited amount of funds are made available each year.

How to apply for aid?

Applications can be made directly to NSFAS at Applications are open from August – September for 1st semester, and April for 2nd semester of each year.

Funza Lushaka bursary programme

A multi-year programme, launched in 2007, to promote teaching in public schools as the career of choice for able and committed South Africans. Full-cost bursaries are available to enable eligible students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Recipients of a Funza Lushaka bursary are required to teach in a provincial education department for the same number of years that they received the bursary.

Application forms for Funza Lushaka can be obtained from the Department of Education (DOE) website:

Department of Arts and Culture: Linguistics Bursary 2016

The Department of Arts and Culture is offering a bursary to students wishing to enrol for a BA degree majoring in Language Practice and Linguistics. This bursary is offered in a bid to build capacity in language practice and to elevate the status of previously marginalised official languages, the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) grants financial support for students to complete their BA in Linguistics/Language Practice. Career opportunities for students of African Languages would include those of translator, interpreter, lexicographer, terminographer, language planner, editor, document design and editor, and human language technologist. Although the DAC cannot guarantee employement, it does recognise the need for qualified language practitioners in South Africa.

Only registered for a BA or BA Language and Literature majoring in Linguistics and any SA Language.

The bursary covers full tuition and textbooks.

To apply for the DAC Linguistics bursary, click the application form. (PDF)

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