FEM Bursary Programme 2024 for South African students from disadvantaged backgrounds

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Applications are now open for the 2024 FEM Bursary Programme targeted at South African students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Closing Date: 20 December 2023

Our community is our focus and we understand the importance of developing and nurturing our industry for our future policyholders.

We believe that if we can uplift our youth through education and mentorship, then our tomorrow will be brighter than today.


The FEM Education Foundation, FEMEF, is a non-profit organisation that was established on 19 October 2016 as a landmark corporate and social investment initiative.

The objective of FEMEF is to make a real and significant impact in improving education in South Africa. This end will be achieved through partnering with a few carefully selected NGO’s that operate in the education space.

FEM is committed to developing the skills of individuals who express an interest to study towards qualifications that will contribute to our sector i.e. Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment​ and the Faculty of Health Sciences​.

Students must be performing well academically and should be in good financial standing with the University.

The bursary is reserved for applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds and who do not have the means to fund their own studies.


Frequently asked questions

Q: I’d like to study at a private institution. Do I qualify for a bursary? 
A: Yes, only at a FEM approved institution and at a South African public university.

Q: I’ve already completed a university qualification but would like to enrol for a second one. Would I qualify for the bursary? 
A: No, we aim to help as many people as possible, so you only qualify for your first undergraduate degree or diploma.   

Q: I already have a partial bursary from another organisation. Can I apply for the bursary to cover the rest? 
A: No, the FEM bursary is comprehensive, no dual funding will be permitted.

Q: If I owe money to a university, will the FEM bursary help with that debt? 
A: Students must be good financial standing with the university. Fees from the previous academic years will not be covered.

Q: Do I have to repay FEM for the bursary? 
A: No, it is a non-reimbursable loan. The bursary is renewable annually subject to the successful completion of registered modules, participation and completion of community service and at FEM’s discretion.

Q: Will I have to work for FEM after I graduate? 
A: No, after successful completion of studies, the graduate is free to pursue employment elsewhere. 


FEM bursary benefits 

  • Full time tuition
  • Prescribed textbooks
  • Monthly stipend
  • Accommodation*
  • Meals*

*Accommodation and meals – approval will be determined solely at the discretion of FEM.


  • South African citizens only
  • All students must be in good financial standing with their university i.e. no outstanding fees from the previous academic years
  • Preference will be given to students from disadvantaged backgrounds

  • Combined household income must not exceed R 360 000,00 per annum
  • Students with a good academic record
  • Students who have been accepted to study at an approved institution or a South African public University
  • Students must have successfully completed their first year of study i.e. no first year or post graduate students will be considered



You will be required to complete a short online questionnaire. Should you be shortlisted further, you will receive the FEM bursary application form to complete. Please ensure that you complete all sections of the application form and attach all supporting documents by 20 December 2023.

1. Your Identity Document. If you are younger than 16 years of age and do not have a green barcoded ID or smart ID card, you must submit a certified copy of your unabridged birth certificate.

2. Identity Document for parent(s) (Father and/or Mother)/legal guardian of the household.

3. Copy of recent payslip, not older than three months, for each parent(Father and/or Mother)/legal guardian. This is for all types of employment or all forms of income for all members of the household.

4. If your parent(s) (Father and/or Mother)/legal guardian is retired, please provide a copy of an official pension slip or bank statement showing pension payment.

5. If your parent(s) (Father and/or Mother)/legal guardian works as an informal trader, please provide an affidavit signed by them to confirm this type of employment.

6. If either of your parents is deceased, please provide a certified copy of the death certificate.

7. If either parent(s) (Father and/or Mother) are not present in your life and/or do not financially support you and/or provide any maintenance please provide an affidavit indicating so.

8. If unemployed or have no proof of income, the source of income/maintenance/allowance must be provided per individual by means of an affidavit.

9. If you have indicated that a dependent in your household is a student, please provide proof of registration from their Tertiary Institution.

10. The bursary applicant must be in good financial standing with the university/college and therefore he/she is required to submit a certified academic record from the university/college.

(All the certified copies must not be older than 3 months)
Your documents can be certified at the South African Police Service or the South African Post Office.


  • A valid South African ID
  • Most recent official academic record
  • FEM bursary application form
  • Proof of income from your parents/guardians, e.g. payslips
  • Social grant documentation
  • Affidavit if any parent or guardian is unemployed or does not financially support you
  • Death certificate of parent(s), if applicable
  • Divorce certificate of parent(s), if applicable

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