A person who has been selected to receive the bursary and who subsequently takes leave from medical school will be permitted to continue receiving the bursary provided that the person continues to meet eligibility criteria and academic achievement standards. The bursary will not be paid during a period of leave of absence from school.
- Only SA citizens will qualify.
- Historically disadvantaged groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
- Copy of letter of acceptance into an approved South African medical education program.
This can be conditional pending final acceptance.
Individuals who are presently in medical school programs in South Africa who meet eligibility criteria may apply for the bursary for the period remaining in their education. Scholarship-holders are allowed to hold supplementary bursaries, grants or emoluments with unlimited values.
If the applicant does receive supplementary funding during the duration of the scholarship, this will need to be declared to the SAMA Bursary Committee
Bursary Selection Criteria
Applications are assessed based on potential and academic performance:
From the eligible applicants, two new students each year will be approved according to their ability to meet the following selection criteria:
- Academic merit
- Potential for excellence for those belonging to historically disadvantaged groups
- Leadership qualities
- Previous prizes and awards
- Recommendation of referees
Bursary Method of payment
Payment for the second and subsequent years of study will be made only after submitting proof of successful completion of the previous year of study and proof of enrollment in the next sequential year of study.Applications are only accepted between 1 August and 30 September each year.
Completed applications must be in English and must be received before or on 30 September of the relevant year.
Applications must include:
Full name, address, telephone and email contact information
Copies of documents to demonstrate South African citizenship (e.g. copy of ID or passport photograph page, birth or citizenship certificate).
A resume outlining education and volunteer experience. Maximum length – 2 pages.
Copy of letter of acceptance to a South African medical school.
How To Apply