Everything To Know About Multichoice Bursaries



The Multichoice Bursary Scheme provides an alternative funding method for close to 200 students each year since the scheme began. Here is everything that a potential applicant would need to know about the bursary.


At the beginning of each academic year since the MultiChoice Bursary Scheme began, the scheme has made around R20 million available to potentially cover 200 South African students for the academic year. 

The 2024 intake for the MultiChoice Bursary Scheme, valued at R32m, has officially opened and is available to over 200 students to advance their studies. Applications close on 27 January 2024.

“Education is critical, and MultiChoice recognises that this Bursary Scheme is a crucial step in promoting and developing young talent and assisting students in making their dreams and aspirations a reality. As a result, MultiChoice encourages eligible students to apply and grasp this opportunity to reach their full potential,” says Tshepiso Malatjie, chief people officer at MultiChoice Group.

The bursary does not only cover tuition, but extends to accommodation, learning materials, registration fees, and a living allowance. The MultiChoice Bursary Scheme does not have any limitations in terms of the year of study that the applicant may be in, and even covers students in their first year of postgraduate studies. 


However, there are only a certain number of disciplines that the bursaries cover, and these are courses within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The courses covered include:

  • Actuarial Sciences
  • Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering
  • Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
  • Information Technology
  • Data and Information Science
  • Digital Media Technologies


To qualify for this bursary, the applicant will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be a South African citizen
  • Applicant must be registered at a South African tertiary institution for one of the critical skill sets identified by the MultiChoice group
  • Applicant must have a minimum average of at least 65%
  • Disadvantaged bursars looking to study towards a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree will be given first priority

To apply for the 2024 MultiChoice bursary scheme South African students need to be registered at a South African Institution of Higher Learning and are full-time students between quantile one to quantile three schools in all years of study up to NQF 9.

The following documents are expected to accompany the bursary application:

  • Copy of Applicant’s ID
  • Copy of Guardian’s ID (for applicants under the age of 18)
  • Affidavit confirming guardianship (if not parents, and only for applicant’s under the age of 18)
  • Proof of monthly household income
  • Applicant’s monthly budget
  • Copies of all academic transcripts that the applicant has at the time of application
  • Preliminary acceptance letter from a recognized tertiary institution
  • Quote for student’s tuition fees
  • Testimonial from a faculty dean or lecturer (if applicable)
  • An attached CV
  • Applicant’s personal letter of motivation


During application opening dates, the student would have to visit the page at https://multichoice.sv.co.za/pages/login and register to gain access to the Student Village Application Portal, which will guide the student’s process of application.


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