With the Covid-19 pandemic having exposed some of the issues within healthcare systems around the world, including the mortality of frontline healthcare workers, the need for more young health professionals has become apparent.
Thankfully, for prospective students in Gauteng who want to pursue a career in healthcare, funding options have been made available. These bursaries are not limited to just one type of medical degree and offer funding for a range of health careers.
The following are just a few of the bursaries that prospective Health and Medical students in Gauteng can apply for:
- Gauteng Department of Health Bursary - Offered by South Africa’s Department of Health, this bursary aims to aid the development of students’ skills in the Healthcare sector. Some fields of study being funded by this option include: Dentistry, Radiotherapy, Optometry, Medical Practice Clinical, Engineering Clinical, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Oral Hygiene, Medicine and Surgery, and more. The bursary caters specifically to South African students from disadvantaged backgrounds, who average at least a C in their matric year. The application form for this bursary option can be found by clicking here.
- City of Johannesburg Bursary - Available to full-time undergraduate students residing and studying in the city of Johannesburg, this bursary option offers funding for a number of fields, including medicine (nursing). The bursary provides up to R35 000 per year for study resources, registration fees, and tuition fees. The application form can be found here.
- City of Ekurhuleni Bursary - This bursary option is available for all students residing in the Ekurhuleni district of Gauteng. Along with funding a number of other fields of study, the bursary also covers degrees and diplomas in the Medical Science field, basing their application criteria on applicants’ academic records and financial need. A version of the bursary application form can be found here.
It must be noted that there are a vast number of available bursaries in the medical and health fields available throughout South Africa, however, this list represents three of which cater specifically to Gauteng residents.