Which study field does this program offer bursaries for?

  • Nursing
  • Medical (MBChB)
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiography
  • Emergency Medical Care

Please note more health science study fields may be added or removed per academic year based on Departmental service delivery needs.

What type of bursary program is this?
  • This is a full-time bursary program.
  • Candidates must study on a full-time basis.
  • All clinical hours must be completed (where required).

What Does the Bursary Cover?
  • Department provides financial assistance towards the qualification.
  • Registration
  • Study fees
  • Examination fees
  • The Department does not pay accommodation cost.

Please note above will only be covered if a full-time bursary contract is signed with the Department of Health and Wellness.

Will I have to pay back the bursary?
  • Bursary holders are required to work back their bursary obligation.
  • The obligation is worked back in the following two ways:
    Community service year must be completed (where required).
    Once the community service year is completed the bursary holder must apply for a post within the Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness. The bursary holder must then work back the remaining years as per the contractual agreement.

Please note:

  • The community service year will count towards the bursary holder’s 1st year of the bursary obligation.
  • Internship does not count as working back obligation.
  • Bursary holders must pay back the monies if they do not work back their bursary obligation.

Who can apply for the bursary?
  • A South African citizen residing in the Western Cape.
  • Applicants must have a matric certificate.
  • Students who have been accepted or awaiting acceptance at a relevant accredited Higher Education Institution (HEI)
  • Applicants that do not have a criminal record

How do I apply?
  • Apply at university or college (HEI) for your required qualification.
  • Apply online using the following link www.westerncape.gov.za/healthbursary
  • 1. Register
    2. Log in by using your username & password.
    3. Click the "Apply Online" button to begin your application
    4. Complete steps 1 - 5
    Step 1: Personal Information
    Step 2: Guardian Information
    Step 3: Previous Qualification
    Step 4: Application
    Step 5: Upload Documents

    Please note: Ensure all documents are ready; scanned and named appropriately for uploading.

What documents should be uploaded?
  • Identity document (ID) (Certified)
  • Matric certificate (Certified)
  • Parents/ Guardian income (No affidavits will be accepted), documents like payslips, SASSA letter or SARS tax certificate will be accepted.
  • Proof of residence
  • Motivational letter
  • Proof of disability (if applicable)

Can I apply for more than one qualification?
You can apply for more than one qualification; however, the bursary will only be awarded for one qualification.