Medical degrees are considered as one of the most challenging career paths to follow, because of the nature of the field medical students are required to study for a longer period than most degrees.
Each year thousands of matriculants begin the application process to study in a medical field. These programmes often have limited spaces open, and should your application be successful, you are required to pay large sums of money to fund your studies.
Numerous foundations offer bursaries to study in any of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. This includes a qualification in medicine.
Below is a list of bursaries you can apply for:
- National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) - To be eligible for NSFAS funding applicants must be a South African citizen, come from a family with a combined annual household income of not more than R350 000 per annum
- Department of Health Bursaries – Each year medical bursaries are made available for students in need of financial assistance. These bursaries are provided by most South African provinces and their respective health departments.
- The South African Medical Association (SAMA) – Every year SAMA offers bursaries to a number of deserving medical students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Dell Young Leaders Bursary – Created by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation the organisation helps up to 100 South African students coming from poor areas wishing to study at the University of Cape Town or University of Pretoria.
- The Motsepe Foundation Bursary – The foundation provides bursaries to students intended to study in any of the STEM related fields and this includes medicine.
If plan on studying in the medical field and are in need of funding any of the above mentioned organisations can assist. The bursary requirements are different according to the organisation. It is advisable to visit the organisation's official websites to find out more.