Humanities Bursaries Found In South Africa

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Humanities is an academic discipline that studies aspects of human society and culture. It encompass the full range of human thought and creativity, including languages, religion, philosophy, and the broad spectrum of the arts (including the performing arts and visual arts). If this is what you're planning on studying, there are a number of institutions, companies and foundations offering bursaries for Humanities. 

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Humanities is the study of ancient empires, languages, poetry, liberal arts, literature, culture, human values, and more, both in modern and ancient times. It is the discipline of studying humans and society from a critical perspective, majoring in subjects such as English, History, and Philosophy.

The study of humanities is vital to society as this research allows us to gain knowledge about our world and experience the values of different cultures, how art is made, and how history is made.

Here are bursaries/funding sources for the Humanities sector:

Alan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship Foundation 

Applications for the bursary open annually to Matric students (first year studies are also welcome to apply) for undergraduate degree studies within these fields:

  1. Arts
  2. Commerce
  3. Engineering
  4. Health Science (excluding Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science)
  5. Humanities
  6. Law
  7. Science

Students with a total annual household income of R1 million and less will receive full funding, and students with a total annual household income of more than R1 million will receive needs-based funding.

Students also receive support for personal development (mentorship, industry mentor and like-minded communities); access to entrepreneurial mindset development (workshops, speakers and seminars, access to business incubation and experiential exercises).

The eligibility requirements for matric students are as follows: 

  1. You must be a South African citizen
  2. You must be under 21 years old or younger in 2022
  3. You must be currently in Matric
  4. You must have achieved a minimum result of 60% for Mathematics or a minimum result of 80% for Mathematical Literacy in Grade 11 final results
  5. You must have achieved a minimum overall average of 70% for Grade 11 final results (excluding Life Orientation)
  6. You must intend on studying towards a degree qualification within one of the fields of study listed above
  7. You must intend on studying at one of the following partner universities: University of Johannesburg, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria, University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University, Rhodes University, Nelson Mandela University, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of the Free State
  8. You must believe in the future of South Africa
  9. You must have strong entrepreneurial flair and passion

The eligibility requirements for first year students are as follows: 

  1. You must be a South African citizen
  2. You must be 22 years old or younger in 2021
  3. You must be studying towards a degree qualification within one of the aforementioned fields of study
  4. You must be in your 1st year of study (funding is not available for students in other years of study)
  5. You must have achieved a minimum overall average of 65% in your June 2021 exams
  6. You must be studying at one of the following partner universities: University of Johannesburg/ University of the Witwatersrand/ University of Pretoria/ University of Cape Town/ University of the Western Cape/ Stellenbosch University/ Rhodes University/ Nelson Mandela University/ University of KwaZulu-Natal/ University of the Free State/ TSIBA
  7. You must believe in the future of South Africa
  8. You must have a strong entrepreneurial flair and passion

UCT Uyinene Mrwetyana Scholarship for Women in Humanities

The University of Cape Town is inviting female students who are interested in pursuing a degree within the Universities Humanities Faculty, to apply for the Uyinene Mrwetyana Scholarship. 

Students will be funded for the entire duration of their undergraduate degree studies (i.e. 3 to 4 years), on condition that she maintains a minimum overall average of 65% every year.

Recipients of the scholarship award will be required to partake in the works of the Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation – this will include volunteering at an organization that aims to reduce gender-based violence in the community. 

The eligibility requirements of this scholarship are as follows: 

  1. You must be a woman (this includes gender non-conforming women)
  2. You must have completed Matric
  3. You must be registered for an undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town, within the Faculty of Humanities
  4. You must be registered as a 1st year student
  5. You must demonstrate leadership skills in social justice and activism (either at school or in your community)

Stellenbosch University and Gerda Henkel Foundation

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University, partnered with the Gerda Henkel Foundation, is inviting students to apply for the Lisa Maskell / PANGeA Scholarships. 

The scholarship will be awarded for full-time PhD studies at Stellenbosch University, for research projects in these Historical Humanities fields:

  1. Archaeology
  2. Historical Islamic Studies
  3. History
  4. History of Art
  5. History of Law
  6. History of Science
  7. Prehistory and Early History

Eligibility requirements include: 

  1. You must reside within a sub-Saharan African country
  2. You must be 35 years or younger when applying
  3. You must have completed a full MA research thesis
  4. You must intend on studying full-time towards a PhD, in one of the Historical Humanities research projects listed above
  5. You must intend on studying at Stellenbosch University, within the Graduate School of the Arts and Social Science Faculty, in 2023
  6. You must be able to start your studies in February 2023
  7. You must apply to study at Stellenbosch University
  8. You must have an excellent academic record
  9. You must have achieved a minimum result of 70% in your final year of the most recent degree you have completed
  10. Preference will be given to students from PANGeA partner institutions (Makerere University, Stellenbosch University, University of Botswana, University Dar es Salaam, University of Malawi, University of Nairobi, University of Yaoundé)

The Canon Collins Sol Plaatje Scholarship Programme

The Canon Collins Trust, partnered with the Sol Plaatje Educational Project, invites students to apply for the Canon Collins Sol Plaatje Scholarship. 

Scholarships will be awarded to exceptional students, to pursue Postgraduate (Masters and PhD) studies, in these areas:

  1. Education: Policy and Practice
  2. Humanities (including Arts, Anthropology, History and Literature)
  3. Justice (including Economics, Climate Justice, Law and Politics)

Masters students will receive funding for up to 2 years and PhD students will receive funding for up to 3 years. Funding will be renewed based on satisfactory academic performance.

Eligibility requirements for this scholarship include:

  1. You must be a South African, Namibian or Zimbabwean citizen or have refugee status in one of these countries
  2. You must reside in South Africa, Namibia or Zimbabwe
  3. You must have completed an undergraduate first degree qualification or will graduate in 2022 (second class, upper division or equivalent)
  4. You must be studying or intend on studying towards a Masters or PhD, in one of the areas listed above, in 2023
  5. You must be studying or intend on studying on a full-time or part-time basis (distance learning may also be considered)
  6. You must be studying or intend on studying at a university in South Africa

Northern Cape Provincial Government Bursary

The Northern Cape Provincial Government, Office of the Premier, is inviting students from the Northern Cape, to apply for bursary funding.

Bursaries will be awarded for studies within these fields:

  1. Arts & Culture
  2. Commerce
  3. Data Science (BSc)
  4. Developmental Studies
  5. Economic and Management Sciences
  6. Education
  7. Engineering
  8. Environmental Sciences
  9. Health Sciences
  10. Humanities
  11. Human Settlements
  12. Information Technology / Information Systems (BSc or BCom)
  13. International Relations
  14. Local Government
  15. Marine Economy
  16. Mining, Minerals and Energy
  17. Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  18. Rural Development
  19. Social Work
  20. Tourism
  21. Town and Regional Planning
  22. Transport Economics
  23. Transport Engineering

The eligibility requirements for this bursary are as follows: 

  1. You must be a South African citizen
  2. You must reside within the Northern Cape province
  3. You must be between 18 and 35 years old
  4. You must have completed Matric or must be currently in Matric
  5. You must be studying or intend on studying full-time, towards a qualification in one of the fields listed above
  6. You must be studying or intend on studying at a recognised and accredited higher education institution in South Africa
  7. You must be unemployed
  8. You must have achieved a minimum overall average of 55% for your current or most recent studies
  9. Preference will be given to students in financial need, with a strong academic record

 

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