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The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship is presently being reviewed and no applications are currenty being accepted. We are not yet able to release any information on a possible new format of this scholarship which may be implemented later this year, but we will publish guidelines on this website as soon as we are able.

However, the aim of the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship is to attract academic talent from around South Africa to pursue their studies at our University. The scholarship is open to all South African citizens who have completed Gr 12 either in the year preceding their studies at our University, or students who have opted to take a gap year of no more than two-years, and undertaken no higher education studies during this period. The Scholarship is based on academic merit and the panel does take the socio economic circumstances of all recipients into consideration. Only 25 awards are available annually and applications can be downloaded from our website as soon as applications open.

Learners are required to have obtained a 75% aggregate at the end of their Gr 11 finals, as well as in their Gr 12 June & September examinations. All three of these results are used to shortlist recipients for this particular scholarship.

Only shortlisted leaners are required to submit their final Gr 12 exam results in January, after which the VC will then select the final list of 25 recipients. The Scholarship is presently valued at R96 000 per annum and covers tuition and reasonable accommodation. The remaining balance may then be used as a personal allowance by recipients for books, transport, meals or any other related costs as they see fit. Recipients are required to pass all of the Undergraduate modules at their first attempt, and maintain an academic average of 70% or higher in order to retain their scholarship in the following years. This scholarship does not extend to Postgraduate studies.

Applications for 2019 are not yet open.


The 2018 Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship recipients



As part of the Connect 2 Your Future (C2F) programme, first year Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship students attend a session on “Basic Budgeting” offered by Jackie Palframan, a Senior Lecturer in the Nelson Mandela University Financial Planning programmes. Jackie (back, right) was invited to advise the VC’s Scholars on planning their finances to ensure their bursaries were wisely used. Students admitted to the programme complete a number of workshops and individual mentoring to assist them in their transition to university life. In addition, the program provides academic support through academic advising and monitoring, mentoring, career and psychosocial counselling. The C2F programme is a joint initiative run by the Department of Student Governance and Development, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Media and Student Counselling, Career & Development Centre.