Sep 082011
 

Undergraduate bursaries are designed to help students spending their first four years in college get access to financial assistance so that they will better be able to afford the experience. A undergraduate bursary can range in amounts offered and may be given out for specific purposes.

Various Undergraduate Bursaries from around the World

Some undergraduate bursaries are designed specifically with lower income, financially needy students in mind while others are established for more merit based purposes. Depending on where a student is located in the world, undergraduate bursaries are defined in different ways.

In England and Canada, for example, an undergraduate bursary is more like a scholarship in the United States, meaning that they do not normally need to be paid back upon graduation. However in other places, like South Africa, undergraduate bursaries offered by both independent businesses and the national government are expected to be repaid through work after a student has earned their degree.

Normally in Europe or Canada, the scholarship-like aspects of undergraduate bursaries limits programs to only providing a certain amount of assistance, not normally equal the costs of tuition while an undergraduate bursary in South Africa normally pays for the entirety of college expenses.

Regardless of location, undergraduate bursaries represent a great way to pay for college and students should always consider them when searching for financial assistance.

Undergraduate Bursaries from South African Bursary Programs

South Africa is full of undergraduate bursaries for students who take the time to look. For instance the Mintek undergraduate bursary offered by the Mintek Corporation cover the full cost of tuition, fees, and other costs while also offering summer intern work to current bursary holders. Students interested in this program should have received a level 5 in the mathematics and science scores. Applicants should have also taken mathematics and science courses in their grades 10-12 years, scoring a five in those classes as well. All South African citizens who meet these criteria are eligible to apply by July 31.

British Undergraduate Bursary Program

The British Orthopedic Association offers undergraduate bursaries which will award up to 150 pound a week and up to 300 pounds total for necessary living purposes. Applicants must be affiliated with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and submit a proposal regarding the work they intend to undertake while receiving the assistance. All materials must be submitted by March 30.

Universities offer Undergraduate Bursaries

Universities often offer their own undergraduate bursary support apart from national programs. A good example of this comes from Sidney Sussex College and the University of Cambridge in Canada which has 10 different undergraduate bursaries from which students may potentially get access to resources. These programs are income related and award amounts up to 3,400 pounds. First year students at the college are automatically considered for these undergraduate bursaries, but students at the school after their first year should submit the proper financial assistance forms.

University of Victoria students in Canada may find themselves eligible for an UOV undergraduate bursary. Also based on financial needs, these awards will vary depending on the amount of aid a student still needs to be able to afford college after their student loans and other assistance has been taken into consideration. Applicants will need to Canadian residents, have at least a 3.5 grade point average and be registered for at least 4.5 units with regards to courses. Applications must be turned in by June 1 or October 15 depending when students are planning to be enrolled.

Altech Academy in South Africa offers undergraduate bursaries to students studying electrical, mechanical or industrial engineer, computer science, and accounting. All applicants should be in their third or fourth year of school, and will cover the full costs of tuition, fees, and living expenses. Application materials should be turned in no later than August 31.

In Australia, the University of Sydney provides undergraduate bursaries to students who are in need of financial assistance. They have up to 13 different bursary programs which give out varying degrees of assistance to help cover assistance and living needs. Students who are interested in the programs should apply for financial assistance, after which they will be considered for all applicable undergraduate bursaries. Only Australian citizens may apply and must have their applications in by September 19.

  35 Responses to “Undergraduate Bursaries”

  1. i am a very vibrant student from the very poor family and am attempting to recognize my significance in this moving world.so up to so far i have been the best in accomodating the least of help i could get.now please try to help me with the best bursary form i could get becuase serously am desperate to manifest the right path to the better future.

    • makole,

      you must go to the sponsors website and apply on their forms provided. There is no one bursary form. You must read the criteria of any bursary to see if its a good fit and you have a chance at receiving it – then apply to it.

  2. I have applied 4 2 bursaries for 2012.im going to do Bed.im stil waiting for a call or a letter from bursaries.i hv got admission from the university.i stresed up because im going to register on the 16 of january 2012.i dont even have a money to register.

    • Beoane,

      applying everyday like you are doing is the key in getting student aid. Eventually something will come your way.

  3. […] are numerous programs, especially in European countries, which provide study bursaries. These can be made available from a student’s college, or from a national program which focuses […]

  4. i am a vibrant student who needs a busary 0839490695

    • zinhle,

      apply to any by going directly to the bursary sponsors website. You will never know unless you apply to them. Apply to one a day!

  5. IAM CAPABLE OF ACHIEVING ADMIRABLE RESULTS MY MARTIC STATEMENT IS PROOF OF THIS ICOME FROM A FAMILY OF 9 SUPPRTED BY A SOLE BREAD WINNER WHO EARNS A MEAGER AMOUNT OF R1220 N WITH THE HELP OF CHILD GRANT SHE CANNOT AFORD MY TUITION FEES GETING MY REGSTRATION FEES WAS A STRUGGLE AS I HAD TO WORK PART TIME TO PUT THE MONEY TOGETHER PLEASE I APPLIED FOR FINANCIAL AID BUT STILL NO RESPONSE IF I CANNOT PAY FOR MY COURSES THEN THERE IS NO USE IN ME STAYING HERE I WILL BE KICKED OUT

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  7. how do i get application form?

    • tshepang,

      their is no one bursary application form you can fill out to apply to all bursaries. You must go to the bursary sponsors website (college or company) and fill out their own bursary application form. They are all different.

  8. I’m an LLB student, studying at the University of Johannesburg! I’m from KwaZulu-Natal in small village called Ingwavuma,which is very disadvantaged in terms of bassically everything. i’m currently on a bursary but it a one year contract so i need funding for the next year, what’s worrying me is the mere fact that most sponsors who fund Law students require students who are in their 2nd year,pre-final year or final year!!

  9. Am looking for a bursary to do physio-therapy,i’ve applied and am waiting for the intake to commence.My number is 260965372339.

  10. i am an 18 year old male, i am currently at UKZN and i am looking for a busary for social development as i am doing my fiirst year in B Social Work. My matric statement is good, i’ve been trying to apply but it doesn’t seems like i will get some as yet there are no responses.

  11. Sir,is there bursary/scholarship form for June 2012?i look forward to hearing from you.Thanks.

  12. I am foreigner with a study permit here in sa and i’m currently doing grade 12 sciences.i have been looking for bursaries and from them none cater for me

    • Shyleen,

      have you looked into your government bursary programs? They are easiest to get. You must apply to bursaries to see if you qualify for them. Go directly to the bursary sponsors website to apply. We do not offer direct bursary programs but write about those who do. I recommend that you talk with the FinAids manager at the college you attend to see what specific student aid programs you may be eligible for.

  13. I am currently doing matric @ Eastern Cape. My career vision is to be the Doctor.I need bursary/sponsor as I am financially dissadvantged, Please help urgently.

    • Sihle,

      you must apply to bursaries to see if you qualify for them. We write about them and feature many on our site. Go directly to the bursary sponsor to apply. There is usually a link at the bottom of the article. You should try government bursaries first since you are financially disadvantaged since most government bursary programs are need based.

  14. are there any bursaries available for students that are Unites States citizens and that live in the Unites States ?

  15. are there any bursaries available for Law students studying at UFH (South Africa)?

  16. would love to have a scholarship in university
    miriamwamz@gmail.com

    • niriam,

      you must apply to any scholarship or bursary you feel you have the qualifications for. If you don’t apply you will never be considered for a scholarship bursary program.

      Start applying to them. best one to start with are your government bursary programs!

  17. I am a 20year undergraduate student going into my 4th year. My father has been retrenched and my mother the only one working for us. I am looking for a bursary please

    • Carla,

      you must apply to any bursary program you feel your qualifications match up to the bursary criteria. I would start with your government bursaries firstly, then go into your FinAids office to apply to your college bursary programs – best bet!

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