Requirements To Qualify For ISFAP Postgraduate Bursaries

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The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme, better known as ISFAP has expanded and also offers Postgraduate bursaries. Careers Portal had a chat with Shaun Perrier, the Head of Fundraising at ISFAP, to learn more about the ISFAP postgrad bursary requirements.

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The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) is a bursary provider which provides bursaries to students coming from poor and Missing middle inome households. They assist students coming from poor and working class backgrounds to get financial aid and go even further by providing wraparound support, which they believe is critical for a student's success.

If you're looking for a postgraduate bursary, you should apply at ISFAP. Careers Portal sat down with Shaun Perrier, the Head of Fundraising at ISFAP, to find out everything you need to know about the postgrad bursary, such as what the requirements are.

ISFAP has partnered with the National Research Fund (NRF) to provide these postgrad bursaries. The NRF has offered around 120 bursaries with ISFAP then matching that. 

Perrier has revealed that there are 250 bursaries up for grabs.

What are the requirements to qualify for the bursary?

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Have an undergraduate degree
  • Good academic record
  • Students studying a postgrad qualification which is categorised as a critical skill
  • Studying towards a relevant postgrad qualification at one of ISFAP's partner universities
  • Household income between R0 and R600 000 per annum

Which courses are covered by the postgrad bursary?

The bursary will fund all critical skills across various industries and sectors in South Africa. These courses are:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Humanities
  • Engineering
  • Chartered Accountancy
  • Vocational Training
  • Actuarial Sciences

Which universities are covered?

  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Stellenbosch
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • Nelson Mandela University

An ISFAP bursary covers tuition, accommodation, meals, transport, books, laptops and data. They also provide wraparound support which they believe is a critical element to a student's success and performance at University.


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Applications are now open for a postgraduate bursary from the Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme, better known as ISFAP. So if you're looking for postgrad funding, this is perfect for you.


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