Everything To Know About Gauteng Nursing Bursaries

With tertiary schooling in the health field being as costly as it is, a number of organisations, including government, have made bursary funds available to aid prospective health sciences students. Among these bursary options are nursing bursaries available for students in the Gauteng province.



The average nursing degree can take up to four years to complete, meaning the student would have to commit four years of their time, commitment, and most of all, money to their studies. Luckily for Gauteng students, however, there are many bursary options available in the region to help alleviate that financial stress for their nursing studies.

Much of these bursaries are government-provisioned and tend to cater exclusively to students already residing or planning to reside in the Gauteng province for their studies. These bursaries include:

  • Gauteng College of Nursing Bursary - Issued by the Gauteng College of Nursing (GCoN), which is the only available government-operated nursing school in the country, this bursary aims to nurture necessary and scarce skills in the medical field. The college has a number of branches around the province for students and is offered to Gauteng-residing students who aim to study towards a Nursing Diploma. The application criteria and process can be found here.
  • City of Johannesburg Bursary - The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) aims to provide necessary training to students by means of offering bursary funding for their studies. They fund a number of fields of study, with Nursing in the health department being one of them. This bursary is exclusively for students residing in Johannesburg and covers up to R35 000 for learning materials, and tuition costs. The fill-in application form for this bursary can be found here.
  • Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) - Being a national nurses’ trade union, DENOSA has become a voluntary organisation in aid of prospective midwives and nurses. The bursary applies to students who plan to study at any recognised institution in South Africa, including in Gauteng, and only covers a small portion of expenses. Bursary applications can be found by clicking here.
  • Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) - This bursary programme is catered towards students of poor to middle income families in need of tertiary funding. Although the bursary funds multiple fields of study at a number of study institutions, the only nursing programmes that they fund in the Gauteng region are a Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs) at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits), and Nursing Science studies at the Tshwane University of Technology (Tut). Applicants can navigate to their online applications page by clicking here.
  • Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Bursary (NMCH) - This bursary has been developed to fund undergraduate short courses, and postgraduate nurse training diplomas at any recognised university in the country, including those in the Gauteng province. Funding from this bursary will require that bursary holders work at the Johannesburg branch of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital for the same duration of time as they were being funded. To apply for this bursary, navigate to the page here.  
  • Health and Welfare Sector Education Training Authority (HWSETA) - Being one of many government Setas in the country, the HWSETA focuses specifically on nurturing skills in the health and social development fields. As such, the bursary programme offers funding for a number of  programmes in Nursing Sciences for students planning to complete their postgraduate studies at any recognised institution in the country, including Gauteng. A version of the application form can be found by clicking here


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