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BURSARIES

The primary responsibility for the payment of study fees is upon the student. Each student needs to assure that he or she is able to pay for the programme he or she has registered for. Stellenbosch University and the Faculty of Theology acknowledge that some students may need assistance; however any assistance is limited and the students cannot look for financial support to the University and Faculty alone.

Application forms for undergraduate bursaries are distributed when new students arrive in February. Students, especially those from disadvantaged communities, are also strongly encouraged to apply to the University for financial assistance.


For more information about available bursaries and loans, contact the faculty manager Liena Hoffman.


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Bursaries / Loans of the DRC Curatorium

Please contact Mrs Estelle van der Merwe, Room 1013, tel: 887-6819 / 6828

The DRC Curatorium has the following bursaries:

Study loans

The DRC Curatorium has a bursary fund for theological students who want to go into ministry. Awards from this fund are made on a loan basis, but when the student has finished his/her studies, and he/she is ordained in a congregation, half of the loan is written off as a bursary. During the study period no interest is calculated. However, after the end of the study period, interest is added.

Travel bursaries

Awarded to students that live further than 500km from Stellenbosch, at a rate of R1.50 per km to a maximum of R2500.

Merit bursaries

Awarded to students with an average year mark of higher than 70%. Bursaries are also awarded to students who achieve a good mark in the annual Bible knowledge exam.

Emergency fund

This fund is used to give financial assistance to very needy students in crisis situations.

Post-graduate students

Awards are made directly to postgraduate students:

  • One-off awards are made to candidate ministers who want to further their studies directly after they have been admitted to ministry.
  • One-off awards at the conclusion of postgraduate study [R1500 for MTh and R2000 for DTh].

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Bursaries / Loans of the URC Curatorium

The URC also has a bursary fund for students and enquiries can be made directly to them or to the Faculty reception.

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Bursaries & Financial Assistance of the Faculty

The Faculty has a limited bursary budget made up of some individual bursaries with special conditions, and a general bursary fund. Any student first needs to approach the University’s bursary (Under- and Postgraduate) offices for assistance.

Below are a list of the bursary funds available in the Faculty:

Kim Bursary Fund

This is a bursary fund sponsored by an alumnus Dr Kim.Closing date: End of FebruaryCriteria

  • Full time students (under- and post graduate)
  • Preference is given to students from previously disadvantaged groups and URCSA students)
  • Application forms at Reception
General Bursary Fund
  • This is a limited fund for financial assistance for students in dire need.
  • Application forms at reception
  • Applications can be made at any time of the year

OSP Bursary Fund
Postgraduate Students
The Overarching Strategic Plan (OSP) of the Faculty is the promotion of human dignity. Postgraduate students whose research is on human dignity can contact their promoters for further information about the OSP Bursary Fund.

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Undergraduate Bursaries

Beyleveld (Babs Beyleveld)
Particulars: Theology. Bursaries for undergraduate students on the grounds of merit and neediness.
Value: Variable
Applications: The Registrar (Head: Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans)
Closing date: 31 October of the previous year of study

Dutch Reformed Church
Particulars: Bursaries granted to Theology students by Dutch Reformed congregations, the Helpmekaar Fund, or the Theological Seminary may be supplemented by the University with an equivalent amount up to a maximum of R700. Preference will be given to bursaries granted by DR congregations. The University annually grants a maximum of R600, irrespective of the number of bodies contributing and irrespective of the amount donated by each. The Church Secretary of the DR congregation concerned, or the Secretary in the case of other bodies mentioned above, must transmit the bursary monies to the Theological Seminary. Bursary holders have to reapply annually for continuation. Church councils and the other bodies concerned should convey the decisions concerning their allocations to Theology students of the Theological Seminary not later than the end of February of each year. Later allocations by church councils entail the risk that the University’s available funds for such R-for-R bursaries may have been exhausted.
Value: R600 maximum
Applications: The Theological Seminary (Board of Curators), 171 Dorp Street, STELLENBOSCH 7600
Closing date: End of February

Havenga (Lukas Havenga)
Particulars: Theology. One bursary for a deserving and needy first-year student for the duration of the programme.
Value: Variable (roughly R1 000)
Applications: The Registrar (Head: Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans)
Closing date: 31 October of the previous year of study

Hopefield and Kuils River Congregations
Bursaries for theological studies as approved by the Dutch Reformed Church are offered annually to children of needy families living in Kuils River or Hopefield.
Value: Variable
Applications: The Church Administrator, PO Box 107, KUILS RIVER 7579; or The Church Administrator, PO Box 27, HOPEFIELD 7355
Closing date: 30 September

Linde (EM Linde)
Particulars: Theology. Bursaries are available for needy, deserving students who are members of the Dutch Reformed Church.
Value: Variable
Applications: The Registrar (Head: Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans)
Closing date: 31 October of the previous year of study

Sieberhagen (Dr and Mrs N Sieberhagen)
Particulars: BTh. Bursaries for deserving and needy first-year students for the duration of the programme.
Value: R1 000
Applications: The Registrar (Head: Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans)
Closing date: 31 October of the previous year of study

Viljoen (Johanna Viljoen)
Annually for a needy student pursuing his BTh studies. Postgraduate students of the Theological Seminary are not eligible for this bursary. The remainder of the interest must each year be added to the capital.
Value: Variable
Applications: The Registrar (Head: Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans)
Closing date: 31 October of the previous year of study

Vorster (Aletta Vorster)
Particulars: BTh. One or two bursaries for deserving and needy students. Awarded for the duration of a programme; as a result, a new award is not possible every year.
Value: Variable
Applications: The Registrar (Head: Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans)
Closing date: 31 October of the previous year of study

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Undergraduate and Post-graduate Bursaries

Grundlingh (Magdalena Grundlingh Trust)
Particulars: Theology (up to ordination). Interest on about R160 000 for students of Theology from the Oudtshoorn West congregation of the DRC. Any surplus funds must be added to the capital periodically. The trustee’s decision about any student, for whatever period, will be final and binding.
Value: Variable
Applications: Sanlam Trust, PO Box 1260, SANLAMHOF 7532
Closing date: 15 September

Hofmeyr and De Vos
Particulars: Social Work and Theology. Accommodation bursaries for needy students. Bursary holders to apply for a continuation annually.
Value: R1 000
Applications: The Registrar (Head: Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans)
Closing date: 31 October of the previous year of study

Malan Memorial Bursary (FS and RE Malan)
Particulars: For a student of Theology born to the surname of Malan.
Value: Variable
Applications: The Registrar (Head: Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans)
Closing date: 31 October of the previous year of study

Nyboer (Wilhelmina du Toit Nyboer)
Particulars: Theology. Needy students who wish to train as ministers of the church or as missionaries.
Value: Variable
Applications: The Registrar (Head: Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans)
Closing date: 31 October of the previous year of study

Theological Seminary
Particulars: Bursaries and loans for students of Theology (BTh, LicTheol, MDiv) training as ministers of the Dutch Reformed Church.
Value: Ample loans are offered annually, varying between R2 000 and R10 000. On the borrower being confirmed in a congregation, one-half of the loan is written off as a bursary.
Applications: Dr MP Sahd (Minister: Theological Training), Theological Seminary, 171 Dorp Street, STELLENBOSCH 7600
Closing date: Soon after the opening of the academic year

Thom (HB and MJ Thom)
Particulars: Bursaries and loans for students of Theology (BTh, LicTheol, MDiv) training as ministers of the Dutch Reformed Church.
Value: Ample loans are offered annually, varying between R2 000 and R10 000. On the borrower being confirmed in a congregation, one-half of the loan is written off as a bursary.
Applications: Dr MP Sahd (Minister: Theological Training), Theological Seminary, 171 Dorp Street, STELLENBOSCH 7600
Closing date: Soon after the opening of the academic year

Visser (The Sarel and Gertie Visser Trust Fund)
Particulars: The bursaries offered are for students of Theology. (Awards may be made to senior or prospective students. Results of applications will be made known in April.)
Value: Variable
Applications: The Registrar (Head: Undergraduate Bursaries and Loans)
Closing date: 31 October of the previous year of study

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Post-graduate Bursaries

Deodar Trust
Particulars: Theology. Bursaries for MTh students in Clinical Pastoral Care in the Faculty of Theology. Only students who have been selected for the above programme may apply.
Applications: Head: Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Prof HJ Hendriks; Prof DJ Louw, Pastoral Theology; Ms B Vaughan, Tel.: 021 808 3577
Closing date: 31 March of the year of study and acceptance of the bursary. Late applications will be handled in terms of the University’s policy in this regard.

NRF (National Research Foundation) (Postgraduate)
Particulars: All fields of study. Bursaries for full-time honours degree, master’s degrees and doctoral studies. Freestanding bursaries are only available to South African citizens. Master’s bursaries are only available if the thesis component forms at least 50% of the total credits per programme. Full particulars regarding these as well as grant-holder bursaries and bursaries for students with disabilities may be obtained from the Postgraduate Bursary Office.
Value: Variable. Freestanding bursaries: Honours from R15 000, Master’s from R33 000 and Doctoral from R55 000
Applications: Enquiries at: Senior Director: Research, SU; NRF website. Electronic (online) applications for freestanding scholarships on master’s and doctoral level: http://nrfonline.nrf.ac.za
Closing date: 31 July of the previous year of study (Master’s and Doctoral) and
27 February 2010 (Honours)

Punt (Dr Willem Punt)
Particulars: Interest on a donation by the late Dr WHJ Punt. Bursaries for full-time further study at a Dutch university or school in Dutch Cultural History or Art History or Dutch language or related subjects. Applicants who wish to study Theology, Roman-Dutch Law, South African or Dutch national history, Dutch language and literature, or also Architecture and the restoration of historic buildings, may likewise be considered.
Applications for financial assistance for the study of culturally related subjects such as Heraldry, Museology, Navigation and Visual Arts may also be considered by the selectors at their own discretion. Each bursary holder must give an undertaking that, after completion of his studies in the Netherlands, he will repay one-tenth of the bursary to the Bursary Fund - interest free - over a period of five years. The said amount shall be added to the capital.
Any blood descendant of the donor or of his children, Willem Jacobus, Jan Wouter, Anton Marchen, Phyllis Ann and Louise, shall, whatever his field of study, be given preference over other applicants. All applicants, however, must be students, whether past or present, of Stellenbosch University.
Value: R2 500 maximum and subject to availability of funds
Applications: Senior Director: Research, (Head: Office for Postgraduate Bursaries)
Closing date: 15 May of the previous year of study

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