For students interested in attending the University of Johannesburg, bursaries are available to assist with defraying the cost of attendance and many times will determine if a student attends college or not. UJ bursaries or scholarships, can help to significantly reduce the cost to obtain a university degree. All eligible registered students are automatically considered for UoJ bursaries or merit scholarships. It should be noted that only South African citizens may apply to receive an undergraduate bursary for the University of Johannesburg. Postgraduate bursaries may also be awarded to all students; both South African citizens and foreign students.
One of the UJ bursaries, students may wish to consider apply for is through the National Research Foundation. This is the major research funding agency in South Africa which provides grants to researchers who are undertaking research projects in addition to university bursaries to support honors, master’s and doctoral students. The NRF bursaries may comprise a research project of at least 50%.
Two types of student financial support are available through the NRF. They are free-standing fellowships scholarships and grantholder-linked bursaries and assistantships. To be eligible to receive either type of bursary, students must be enrolled in a full-time study program. The NRF Honors/BTech Scholarship is available to South African citizens enrolled full-time and has a value of R20 000. The Department of Labour Scarse Skills scholarship is for full-time honors/BTech study at UJ. This UJ bursary is also available for specific fields of study, including Accounting, Actuarial Sciences,
Agricultural Sciences, Auditing, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Demography, Engineering, Financial Management, Geology, Information Systems, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Statistics, Tourism and Transportation Studies. It has a value of R30 000.
UJ bursaries for disabled students
There is also a Department of Labor Scarce Skills bursary available for individuals with disabilities. This bursary is only applicable to students with disabilities that are specified within the Code of Good Practice on Employment of People with Disabilities and the Employment Equity Act. For full-time study, this bursary has a value of R30 000.For part-time study, the scholarship has a value of R8 000.
UJ bursaries for South African citizens and permanent residents
The Innovation scholarship for Honors/BTech study at the UJ is available to South African citizens as well as permanent residents. It is only available for full-time study and certain fields of study. This scholarship has a value of R35 000. The NRF Grantholder-linked Student Assistantship is available to full-time students who are South African citizens. Nominations must be made by NRF. The value for Final Year undergraduate full-time students is R8 000. The value for full-time honors students is R15 000. The deadline to apply for NRF bursaries is August 15th.
UJ bursaries for Olympiads
There are also other University of Johannesburg bursaries available to interested students, including bursaries to winners of subject Olympiads. Gold medal winners of the subject Olympiads who enroll full-time at UJ as first-year students will receive a one-time bursary with a value of R5 000. Silver medal winners of the subject Olympiads who enroll full-time at UJ as first-year students will receive a one-time bursary with a value of R3 500. Students must apply to receive this bursary by completing a UJ bursary application form.
UJ merit bursaries
The Honors Merit Bursary is available to students who enroll as first-time students in a full-time Honors/BTech fourth year professional degree program in the following fields: Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Economics and Financial Services, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Faculty of Law or Faculty of Management. A full bursary will only be awarded once. To receive a R6 000 value bursary, students must have a 70 to 74% average. University of Johannesburg bursaries with a value of R8 000 are also available to students who have at least a 75% average. Students who study in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment who have an average of at least 65% in their majors during the third year of their study may also qualify for a student assistantship of R4 000. This assistantship requires at least four hours assistance weekly within the relevant department.