Bursaries Which Will Cover Languages And Linguistics Courses


The study of linguistics is an attempt to combine ideas from diverse disciplines such as psychology, philosophy and sociology with formal aspects of language structure. There are a number of bursaries available to pursue a career in Language and Linguistics.


Linguistics is the scientific study of language, while Language is a body of knowledge about speaking, reading or writing. 

What Is The Study Of Language And Linguistics?

The study of linguistic diversity involves comparing, contrasting, and classifying hundreds of individual languages to discover patterns of similarity and difference in their grammars, vocabularies, writing systems, and patterns of speech.

It encompasses a range of theoretical positions and research methods including ethnography, comparative linguistics, history, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and syntax. The study of Linguistics is an attempt to combine ideas from diverse disciplines such as psychology, philosophy and sociology with formal aspects of language structure.

Linguists are interested in pursuing knowledge about how language works as well as practical applications such as document translation and speech recognition.

Students of Linguistics study language in two basic ways; by learning the grammar of one or more languages, and by considering how properties of the human language faculty are reflected in language use.

Language is an important part of everyone's experience, and specialists in the field of Linguistics work to help others use language more effectively.

Where To Study Language And Linguistics In South Africa

If you are passionate about Language and Linguistics, you could study a Bachelors of Social Science or Bachelors of Arts in a language of your choice, an Honours Degree in language, a Masters specialising in Literature, Research, Creative Writing, or even obtain a PhD in your language of choice. 

Here are a few institutions in South Africa where you can study Language and Linguistics:

  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of Pretoria (UP)
  • University of the Witwatersrand (UJ) 
  • Rhodes University 
  • University of Johannesburg (UJ)

Bursaries Available To Study Language and Linguistics In South Africa

South African Translators' Institute (SATI) Bursary 

The South African Translators' Institute aims to establish a multilingual culture in South Africa and develop translation and interpretation of all 11 official languages. SATI is an association for all language practice professionals including:

  1. Interpreters
  2. Translators
  3. Proofreaders
  4. Editors
  5. Copywriters 
  6. Terminologists 
  7. Text reviewers 
  8. Others involved in the language practice industry

The SATI bursary will be awarded to undergraduate studies within the Translating, Interpreting and/or other aspects of Language practice. 

The eligibility requirements of this bursary are as follows: 

  1. You must be a South African citizen
  2. You must be studying towards a qualification in Translating, Interpreting and/or other aspects of Language practice
  3. You must be in your 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of study
  4. You must be enrolled at a recognized tertiary institution in South Africa
  5. You must have achieved a minimum overall average of 65% for all subjects 
  6. You must not have failed any subjects in the year you obtained the bursary 
  7. You must work in combinations of the official South African languages
  8. You must be in financial need
  9. You must not be receiving another bursary or grant which covers the same expenses as the SATI bursary
  10. You must be able to cover the rest of your expenses that aren't covered by the SATI bursary, for the rest of the year 


One of South Africa's major tyre companies, has multiple bursaries on offer. Students who are from Port Elizabeth and are pursuing studies within these fields may apply for the Bridgestone Bursary, which include Language and Art related qualifications. 

The eligibility requirements of this bursary are as follows: 

  1. You must be a South African citizen
  2. You must be from Port Elizabeth and must be residing in Port Elizabeth
  3. You must have completed Matric
  4. You must be accepted or registered to study at a tertiary institute in South Africa, for the 2021 academic year
  5. You must be studying or registered to study towards a qualification, within one of the aforementioned fields of study
  6. You must have achieved a minimum overall average of 60% for the previous year of study (2020)
  7. You must be undertaking part-time or full-time studies
  8. You must NOT be in receipt of any other bursary funding from another organization or company

The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) Language Bursary

The DSAC aims to financially contribute to students of language studies in order to help develop much needed language skills within the South African context. If you think your studies are related to this focus, you are encouraged to apply for this bursary. 

The bursary applications are open to all full-time undergraduates, and full-time and part-time Honours and MA students of language studies at the North-West University. 

The requirements for this bursary include: 

  1. You have to be registered for a BA, BA Hons or MA programme at NWU in 2022
  2. Relevant subject areas for consideration are Language Practice, Setswana, Sesotho, Afrikaans, English, South African Sign Language and Language Technology
  3. You have to achieve 60% in one of the relevant language subject areas
  4. Honours students should take at least two linguistic-based modules
  5. Postgraduate students' topics should be linguistics-based

Absa Fellowship/Scholarship Programme 

Absa is inviting students from selected African countries, to apply for the Absa Fellowship Programme. Students will not only receive a full merit scholarship, they will also receive exposure to a specifically designed Leadership Development Programme and mentorship by Absa leadership and industry experts. 

The scholarship will provide cover for NQF7 undergraduate degree studies within the fields of Media Studies, Media Writing, Multi-media, Languages and Education, amongst others. 

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