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Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) – Bursaries for 2023

Closing Date: 23 February 2023

Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA): Bursaries 2023

The Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) invites students to apply for the 2023 Bursary Programme. The GCRA bursary will be awarded to students residing in Gauteng, for Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies in ANY field.


  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must be between 18 and 35 years old
  • You must reside within the Gauteng province
  • You must have completed Matric
  • You must have been accepted/ registered to study towards an Undergraduate or Postgraduate qualification, in 2023
  • You must have been accepted to study at an accredited and registered Post School Education and Training institution in South Africa (this includes public Higher Education Institutions, private Higher Education Institutions, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges, private colleges, Community Education and Training colleges and skills development providers)

Students who meet either of the following 3 criteria will automatically qualify for the bursary (but they must still submit an application):

  • Top achievers at a Gauteng-based school
  • Top 3 learners from no-fee paying Gauteng-based school (find the list of no-fee paying schools in Gauteng)
  • Top 3 learners from Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Gauteng-based school

The bursary will provide cover for the following expenses:

  • Registration fees,
  • Tuition fees,
  • Accommodation in residence (to a maximum value of R65 000) or off-campus/ private accommodation (to a maximum value of R47 000),
  • Books,
  • Laptop
  • A living allowance for off-campus/ private accommodation.

How to Apply

Applicants will be required to Register an account before they can Login and apply.

Applications must be submitted online at: GCRA Bursary Application 2023

The application process will include the following steps:
Step 1: Personal Profile, including: personal information, address and contact information, Matric final results and details, and parent or guardian details.
Step 2: tertiary institution results and details, information about any other sponsors, uploading supporting documentation and agreeing to the terms and conditions.

If you are unsure which type of bursary to apply for, please note the following:

  • New Intake means you applying to the GCRA bursary for the first time
  • Renewal means you were funded by the GCRA bursary in the previous year, and you are now reapplying
  • Reinstatement means your bursary was suspended and you have now satisfied the conditions to have your bursary reinstated
  • Top Achievers means you are one of the top Achiever within Gauteng
  • Top 3 Achiever means you attended a no fee paying school
  • Top 3 in LSEN (learners with special educational needs) Schools
  • MEC/HOD Discretion means the MEC/HOD advised you to apply for a bursary
  • Veteran Discretion means you are a child of a Military Veteran
  • Financial Assistance means you have finance, but require assistance
  • Top Ups means you have an existing bursary, but need additional funding

Required Documents:

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your online application:

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate (certified copy)
  • Most recent academic record, if currently studying (certified copy)
  • Proof of registration or acceptance at a recognised PSET institution/ institution of higher learning (on institutions letterhead)
  • Proof of address in Gauteng (Water and Electricity bill/ stamped ward councilors letter/ letter from traditional authority if in a rural area)
  • Motivational letter stating why you should be awarded the bursary (maximum 2 pages) (read our tips on how to write a motivational letter for your bursary application)
  • Disability or medical report if disabled
  • Parents or guardians proof of income (latest payslips if employed/ affidavit if unemployed)(certified copy)
  • Proof of any other bursaries you are currently receiving, if applicable

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted within 3 to 4 weeks after the application closing date – if you do not receive any feedback 4 weeks after the closing date, please regard your application as unsuccessful.

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