Canon Collins Thekgo Bursaries For Africans 2017- (Undergraduate & Postgraduate Studies)

Canon Collins Thekgo Bursaries For Africans 2017- (Undergraduate & Postgraduate Studies)

Deadline: December 12, 2016.

Canon Collins invites applications for Thekgo Bursaries. The Canon Collins Thekgo Fund is a non-profit initiative which was established by a group of professionals with a passion for promoting access to higher education. The bursary is funded by personal contributions from like-minded supporters and run on a voluntary basis by a committee consisting of the founding members.

Each year, Thekgo supports student applications for universities in one of South African’s provinces. In 2017 Thekgo will consider applications from first year undergraduate and postgraduate with a place to study at public higher education universities in the Eastern Cape only.

These bursaries are for registration fees for courses at postgraduate and undergraduate level in the following disciplines:

  •  Languages and Literature
  • Media Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Education
  • Arts (Digital Arts, Drama/Performance


Any student who has a strong academic record and is financially challenged, who has gained acceptance into a public South African higher education university for the first year of a diploma, undergraduate or postgraduate degree, and is not able to pay their first year registration fees without assistance is eligible to apply. To be considered for an award applicants must:

  1. Have been accepted to study at a university in the Eastern Cape, South Africa for a full-time programme. Applicants must be in their first year.
  2. Be able to produce an academic record demonstrating strong academic merit at either Grade 12 level or a university academic record of the undergraduate degree (for postgraduate students). In cases where students have not completed Grade 12 with an exemption or have been accepted for undergraduate programmes based on an age exemption, candidates must demonstrate they have been actively involved in studies/activities relevant to their academic interest and studies they intend to pursue or where necessary have already applied for an age exemption certificate which allows them entry into university. All international students must ensure they have a South African equivalency certificate for their studies.
  3. Be able to demonstrate financial need and be able to provide the necessary documentation to substantiate this – via a pay slip and 3 month bank statement and/or statement of oath made in front of a law official (which can be done at local police stations).
  4. Have filled in all bursary forms provided by the institution, NFSAS and other relevant funding bodies.
  5. Seeking support for a degree programme within Thekgo’s focus disciplines in the Humanities, listed above.

Eligible Institutions for Studies

Eligible universities are:

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • University of Fort Hare
  • Rhodes University
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Walter Sisulu University of Technology and Science


In 2017 the Thekgo group will select up to 4 applicants for awards of up to R7500 per student, towards their first year’s registration fees.

How to Apply

Download the application form here,  save a copy on your computer before filling it in. Read the guidelines carefully before applying. The application form must be submitted by email to [email protected] by Monday 12 December 2016, along with your supporting documents.

Supporting documents includes:

  • University admission letter for the course of study the applicant wishes to take up including the amount of registration fee;
  • Proof of having applied for the university’s bursary scheme, and NFSAS where possible;
  • Proof of financial need;
  • Proof of academic merit, including a comprehensive CV and certificates which demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to their area of interest. Students who do not have a matric certificate must send proof of their age exemption certificate or other matriculation exemption certificate: (students can apply directly to the Matriculation Board or with their university). International students must have their results certified by the South African Qualifications Authority:;
  • Certified copy of ID/Passport

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