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Blind SA – Bursaries 2023

Closing Date: 31 July 2022

Blind SA is inviting blind and partially sighted students to apply for bursary funding. Bursaries are awarded twice each year, for full-time and part-time studies at tertiary institutions, to enable visually disabled students the same opportunities as their sighted peers.

Candidates will be selected based on 2 main criteria: merit and availability of funding.

Blind SA bursaries are made possible by donors who sponsor students at tertiary level around South Africa, from first year through to a postgraduate Masters degree.

Bursaries will be awarded to the value of R8 000 for full-time studies and R4 000 for part-time studies. Aside from financial aid, the bursary will also assist with special equipment, study material and transport.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application and funding will be paid to successful students by 31 March and 31 August each year, after receipt of registration details and verification of criteria.


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must be blind or partially sighted
  • You must have completed Matric or an equivalent qualification
  • You must have achieved a minimum overall average of 60% in Matric or equivalent qualification (if this is your first application)
  • You must have passed a majority of your courses in the previous year or semester (if you are a previous bursary recipient)
  • You must be enrolled or studying on a full-time or part-time basis
  • You must be enrolled or studying at a recognised and accredited tertiary institution in South Africa

How to Apply

Download and complete the Blind SA Bursary Application 2022 (.doc)

Note: the application form is available in braille on request.

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • Most recent academic achievements
  • Final examination results for the previous academic year (this must be submitted as soon as it is available and by NO LATER THAN 1 February or 1 July each year)
  • Proof of registration and student number (certified copy)
  • Detailed description of your course (including duration and fees)
  • Eye condition form (signed and stamped by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist)

Applications must be submitted to the Blind SA Head Office, in either of the following ways:

– Email: denice@blindsa.org.za
(Insert the words “Blind SA Bursary Application 2022” in the email subject line).

– Post: Blind SA, Private Bag X9005, CROWN MINES, 2025

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