The aim of the bursary is to attract qualified persons with the required competencies, knowledge and skills to join the Department to meets its service delivery needs. In 2006 academic year, for example, the following bursaries per health science study field were awarded:
- Medical (MBChB)
- Emergency Medical Care
Please note more health science study fields may be added per academic year based on Departmental service delivery needs.
What does the Bursary Cover?
Tuition (Actual study fees), registration and examination fees. If you fail an academic year, you will have to repeat that year at your own cost, after which the bursary will be reinstated for the following academic year, if you pass.
Will I have to Pay or Work Anything Back?
The bursaries are awarded on a work-back system – on a year for a year basis. Community Service Year will count towards the student’s 1st year of bursary obligation, although internship years will not. Students may start paying, that is working, back their bursary obligation as soon as they have successfully completed their studies
Who Can Apply for a Bursary?
To apply for one of these bursaries you must be:
- A South African citizen or permanent resident
- A resident of the Western Cape
- Able to prove financial need
- Ideally from a historically disadvantaged background
- Be accepted at the relevant accredited HEI
Bursars’ obligations: bursars are expected to furnish the department with satisfactory proof of registration at an accredited academic institution at the start of the financial year. He or she is also expected to submit all annual or supplementary examination results to the department within 30 days of receiving such results.
How do I Apply
Apply directly to the Department of Health. Invitations to apply will run in local newspapers. Your university or university of technology’s bursaries office should be able to supply you with an application form. Alternatively, contact the Department of Health on the numbers below.