The South African Medical Association’s Bursary and Scholarship Programme
The South African Medical Association is fully committed in supporting doctors to bring health to the nation. The SAMA acknowledges the funding challenges undergraduate students from disadvantaged communities face when attempting to get a high quality education at tertiary institutions. The SAMA also recognizes the need to grow academic medicine in South Africa. In an attempt to support doctors and prospective doctors, the SAMA has introduced various financial support packages. A brief description of the programmes are listed below.
1. SAMA Medical Education Bursary
The SAMA Medical Education Bursary Programme is intended to support South African citizens who live and attend medical schools in South Africa. The bursaries will only be used to fund studies in the field of medicine (MBChB, MBBCh or equivalent).
The SAMA medical education bursary will be offered yearly to undergraduate students from the first year of study up to the fourth year and will be paid into the student’s account at the University. The bursary will be non-exclusive (i.e. if the student obtains additional bursaries, this bursary will continue) and will be in the amount of R20 000 per annum.
- Display an excellent academic record
- Are from historically disadvantaged groups
- Show evidence of leadership qualities
- Provide proof of previous prizes and awards received
- Are supported by recommendation from referees
2. SAMA PhD Supplementary Scholarship
The SAMA PhD Supplementary Scholarship Programme is intended to encourage postgraduate research, specifically with a view to promote research and development in the medical field in South Africa.
The successful applicant will receive a stipend of R100 000 as well as one year’s tuition fees.
The Scholarship is awarded on merit to the successful applicant who must be a South African citizen and a graduate of any university in South Africa. The applicant should have started their PhD study one year prior to the application for this scholarship as the Bursary Committee also considers the progress made in the first year of the applicant’s PhD. The main selection criteria is the academic quality of the research proposal and the suitability of the project for South Africa’s research programme.
3. SAMA Research Masters Supplementary Scholarship
The SAMA Research Masters Supplementary Scholarship Programme is intended to encourage medical practitioners to embark on a research master’s degree at a recognized South African institution of higher learning and to foster the development of research competencies in medical practitioners to promote academic medicine in South Africa. The Research Masters may serve as a prerequisite for doctoral studies.
The SAMA Research Masters Supplementary scholarship will be made available to 1 new student per year and an amount of R50 000 award will be distributed in equal amounts over two years.
The Scholarships are open to medical graduates of any university within South Africa who have started their research masters study within one year of application. Only South African citizens will qualify.
The main selection criteria is the academic quality of the research proposal and the suitability of the project for the South African environment. Preference should be given to researchers whose research topics are of relevant to the South African Medical Association.