SAIRR Bursary South Africa

By | January 11, 2020

SAIRR Bursary South Africa


SAIRR Bursary South Africa

SAIRR Bursary South Africa


The South African Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) was founded in 1929 and is a research and policy organization based in South Africa. The purpose of the institute is to investigate the social and economic conditions of the country (including inequality, poverty) and disseminate the results, as well as promote economic growth. Since 1935,

SAIRR has been providing educational funds to disadvantaged South Africans. By 1980, the Institute had awarded more than R20 million in grants, which has contributed significantly to the economic empowerment of the country. Funds have been awarded in a variety of fields, including business and commerce; medicine, health sciences and dentistry; science and engineering; education; law and art

Among the more than 3,500 students who received funding, the late Mr Nelson Mandela received a grant worth £ 120 in the late 1940s.

The IRR scholarship will be awarded to students in various fields of study who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree or diploma. Please note that no postgraduate and honor funds are currently available.


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • South African citizen
  • Completed Matric OR currently in Matric
  • Studying or intend on studying towards a first degree/ diploma qualification (NOT postgraduate studies)
  • Studying or intend on studying at a recognised South African tertiary institution
  • Proven financial need


Applications must be done online at:
Applicants will be shortlisted and contacted by 30 September, where they will then be required to submit additional documentation. The documentation must reach the IRR by 16 November latest (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded).
You may be required to submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your online application:

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric latest results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Full tertiary academic record, if currently in University (certified copy)
  • Proof of tertiary registration/ admission


31 August

Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)


For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact the SAIRR directly:
Tel: 011 482 7221
Fax: 011 482 7690

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