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Applications for 2019 are now closed

The aim of our 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 are presently in Gr 12 in the year preceding their studies at our University in 2019, or students who have opted to take a gap year of no more than two-years (2016 & 2017), and have 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.

Applicants 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. If you have already completed Gr 12 please include your final matric certificate with your other required supporting documents as well. 

Only shortlisted applicants presently in Gr 12 will be required to submit their final Gr 12 exam results in January, after which the VC will then select the final list of 25 recipients from all shortlisted applicants. The Scholarship is presently valued at R96 000* per annum, and covers tuition and reasonable accommodation costs. 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.

* Terms and Conditions apply

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.


View photographs from Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship awards events

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Mrs Jo-Ann Daniels
Deputy-Director: Marketing and Student Recruitment
Tel: 041-504 3084

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