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Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) – Bursaries for 2023

Closing Date: 30 October 2022

Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP): Bursaries 2023

The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) has opened applications for its bursary programme. If you’re in grade 12 and in need of funding, this could be your chance!

Fields of study:

Bursaries will be awarded for undergraduate studies in “Occupations of High Demand” – specifically for studies within the following fields, at the following institutions:

University of Johannesburg:

  • Accounting CA-stream (Bachelor)
  • Urban and Regional Planning (Bachelor)
  • Chemical Engineering (BEng Tech)
  • Computer Science and Informatics (BSc)
  • Construction Management (BSc)
  • Economics and Econometrics (BCom)
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering (BEng)
  • Electrical Engineering (BEng Tech)
  • Extraction Metallurgy (BEng Tech)
  • Finance (BCom)
  • Human Resources Management (Bachelor)
  • Industrial Engineering (BEng Tech)
  • Logistics Management (BCom)
  • Mathematical Sciences (BSc)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BEng)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BEng Tech)
  • Mine Surveying (Bachelor)
  • Mining Engineering (BEng Tech)
  • Physical Metallurgy (BEng Tech)
  • Retail Business Management (Advanced Diploma)
  • Retailing (National Diploma)

University of Pretoria:

  • Accounting Sciences (BCom)
  • Actuarial and Financial Mathematics (BSc)
  • Business Management (BCom)
  • Chemical Engineering (BEng)
  • Civil Engineering (BEng)
  • Computer Engineering (BEng)
  • Computer Science (BSc)
  • Econometrics (BCom)
  • Economics and Managemnt Science (BCom)
  • Electrical Engineering (BEng)
  • Electronic Engineering (BEng)
  • Financial Sciences (BCom)
  • Food Science (BSc)
  • Industrial Engineering (BEng)
  • Information and Knowledge Systems (BSc)
  • Information Science (BCom)
  • Information Systems (BIT)
  • Mathematical Statistics (BSc)
  • MBChB
  • Mechanical Engineering (BEng)
  • Metallurgical Engineering (BEng)
  • Mining Engineering (BEng)
  • Nursing (B Nur)
  • Quantity Surveying (BSc)
  • Statistics and Data Science (BCom)
  • Supply Chain Management (BCom)
  • Town and Regional Planning (Bachelor)
  • Town and Regional Planning (B Town)

University of the Witwatersrand:

  • Accounting (BCom)
  • Accounting Science (Bachelor)
  • Actuarial Science (BSc)
  • Aeronautical Engineering (BSc Eng)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Chemical Engineering (BSc Eng)
  • Civil Engineering (BSc Eng)
  • Computer Science (BSc)
  • Construction Studies (BSc)
  • Economic Science (Bachelor)
  • Electrical Engineering (BSc Eng)
  • Electrical and Information Engineering (BSc)
  • Industrial Engineering (BSc Eng)
  • Information Systems (BCom)
  • Mathematical Sciences (BSc)
  • Mathematics of Finance (BSc)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BSc Eng)
  • Medicine (MBBCh)
  • Metallurgy & Material Engineering (BSc Eng)
  • Mining Engineering (BSc)
  • Nursing (Bachelor)
  • Pharmacy (Bachelor BPharm)
  • Physiotherapy (BSc)

University of Cape Town:

  • Actuarial Science (BBusSci)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
  • Chemical Engineering (BSc)
  • Civil Engineering (BSc Eng)
  • Computer Engineering (BSc)
  • Computer Science (BSc)
  • Construction Studies (BSc)
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (BSc Eng)
  • Electrical Engineering (BSc Eng)
  • Financial Accounting: Chartered Accountant (BCom)
  • Information Systems and Finance (BCom)
  • Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering (BSc Eng)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BSc Eng)
  • Mechatronics (BSc Eng)
  • Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy (BSc)
  • Property Studies (BSc)

Stellenbosch University:

  • Actuarial Science (BCom)
  • BAcc
  • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
  • Chemical Engineering (BEng)
  • Civil Engineering (BEng)
  • Economic Sciences (BCom)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BEng)
  • Financial Accounting (BCom)
  • Food Science (BSc)
  • Industrial Engineering (BEng)
  • Management Accounting (BCom)
  • Management Science (with focus on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management) (BCom)
  • Management Sciences (with focus on Logistics Management) (BCom)
  • Management Sciences (with focus on Marketing Management) (BCom)
  • Management Sciences (with focus on Quantitative Management) (BCom)
  • Management Sciences (BCom)
  • Mathematical Sciences (with focus on Operations Research) (BCom)
  • Mathematical Sciences (BCom)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BEng)
  • Mechatronic Engineering (BEng)
  • Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh)

University of KwaZulu-Natal:

  • Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh)
  • Nursing Science (B Nur)
  • Occupational Therapy (Bachelor)
  • Pharmacy (Bachelor)
  • Physiotherapy (Bachelor)

Nelson Mandela University:

  • Accounting Science (Computer Science & Information Systems) (BCom)
  • Civil Engineering (BEng Tech)
  • Computer Science (BSc)
  • Construction Management (BSc)
  • Electrical Engineering (BEng Tech)
  • Industrial Engineering (BEng Tech)
  • Information Technology (Bachelor)
  • Marine Engineering (BEng Tech)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BEng Tech)
  • Mechatronics (BEng)
  • Quantity Surveying (BSc)

Walter Sisulu University:

  • Biological Sciences (BSc)
  • Chemistry (BSc)
  • Civil Engineering (B Tech)
  • Clinical Practice (Bachelor of Medicine)
  • Electrical Engineering (B Tech)
  • Environmental Sciences (BSc)
  • Medical Sciences (Bachelor)
  • Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh)
  • Physics with Chemistry (BSc)
  • Statistics (BSc)

University of Venda:

  • Accounting Sciences (BCom)
  • Cost and Management Accounting (BCom)
  • Economics (BCom)

Tshwane University of Technology:

  • Medical Orthotics and Prosthetics (Bachelor of Health Science)
  • Nursing Science (B Nur)

Central University of Technology:

  • Mechanical Engineering (BEng Tech)
  • Electrical Engineering (BEng Tech)


  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must be currently in Matric or have completed Matric
  • You must have been accepted to study towards an undergraduate qualification, in one of the fields listed above, for the 2023 academic year
  • You must be registered to study at one of the following public tertiary institutions for the 2023 academic year: University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Nelson Mandela University, Walter Sisulu University, University of Venda, Tshwane University of Technology or Central University of Technology
  • You must be starting your first degree in the 2023 academic year
  • You must have a family household income NOT more than R600 000 per annum
  • You must be in financial need and require funding for your studies
  • You must NOT be in receipt of any other study funding (including NSFAS)

Bursary recipients are selected based on the following:

  • Household means test is conducted for all students applying
  • Academic achievement and acceptance into one of the approved institutions, towards an approved qualification
  • National Benchmarking Test (NBT) for some institutions (academic and behavioral strength)
  • Matric results
  • Funder constraints (that meet individual funder objectives)

The bursary will cover:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation
  • Study material
  • Monthly stipend
  • Meals
  • Student support
  • On campus ISFAP programme manager

Bursary recipients will also receive the following non-academic student support: life skills training, tutorial support, life support, social support, admin support, project manager, staff mentors and medical support when required.

The total value of the bursary award will vary depending on the institution, with the average full cost of study being R166 668.00 per student.

How to Apply

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

Apply Online for the Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP): Bursary Programe 2023

Required Documents:

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

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Grade 11 final results and Matric latest results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric final results/ certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Proof of household proof of income (latest payslips if employed, affidavit if unemployed, proof of any grants or pension if applicable) (certified copy)
  • ISFAP Funding Application Consent Form (.pdf) – completed by the applicant and household contributors (certified copy)

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