Unisa offers postgraduate bursaries to further studies in 2020

Unisa now offers bursaries for the following postgraduate studies: Master’s degree by dissertation, master’s degree by coursework and for doctoral studies.

What are the requirements?

You will need a completed and approved research proposal module at Unisa; a  supervisor’s report for both first-time bursary applicants and re-applying students which recommends financial support on the basis of quality submissions, such as research chapters submitted, data analyses. 

Criteria to be met for master’s degree by coursework: 

These include passing two modules towards a coursework master’s degree, a supervisor’s report that recommends financial support on the grounds of academic performance in the coursework modules already completed, and approval by the Master’s and Doctoral Research Bursary Committee (MDRBC) based on coursework modules already completed and a supervisor’s report.

Doing the sums: What are the bursaries worth?

For those who meet the criteria, Unisa has set a maximum budget for each type of degree.

The maximum budget excluding study fees for a master’s by dissertation bursary per qualification is R55 000 and R80 000 for doctoral studies.  

To apply, you’ll need to download the 2020 master’s and doctoral motivation form on the tertiary institution’s website, which must be completed by both the student and the supervisor. The completed form may only be submitted online.

Famous Unisa alumni

Unisa alumni include retired Anglican bishop and social rights activist, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who obtained a BA degree in 1954; rugby player Patrick Lambie who completed his BA studies in 2013; and SA Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago who graduated with a BCom degree in 1991.