Medical student bursary information and application form

Dear Student

* The South African Medical Association bursary is to the value of R20 000 per annum and is intended to assist needy medical students who have good scholastic records, during their preclinical/ matric study years.


  • Only applications from South African citizens in respect of medical studies (MB ChB or MB BCh) at a South African university will be considered. Scholars in Grade 12 and also existing students up to their 3rd year may apply and will be considered for the SAMA medical student bursary.
  • Application forms may be downloaded from our website from 1 August via -> About us -> Bursaries & Scholarships.
    Financial need is important when applications will be considered. Preference will be given to students from lower quintile schools.
  • Answer all questions in full, and enclose two recent testimonials with your application. Applicants are also expected to furnish a copy of their mid-year exam results before the closing date.
  • Finalists may be requested to submit certified proof of financial circumstances if not previously included, before bursaries are awarded. The continuation of the bursary will be conditional upon the continued pass rate of the student (bursary is offered up to the 4th year of studies). The first portion of the bursary in the amount of R10 000.00 will be paid into the student’s account at the University after receipt of successful registration at the University and the previous year’s final examination results have been received. The remaining portion of R10 000.00 will be paid after the mid-year examination results have been received. This bursary will be non-exclusive although other bursaries that the recipient receives, need to be declared.
  • The decision of the Bursaries Selection Committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into with regard to unsuccessful applications.
  • Due to the large number of applications received it will not be possible to acknowledge receipt of applications, or to advise all applicants of the outcome. For this reason only successful candidates will be advised. Applicants who have not received notification by 30 December may assume that their applications have been unsuccessful.
  • The bursary process will commence on 1 August and the closing date for receipt of applications is 30 September. Applications received before or after these dates will not be considered under any circumstances.
  • Post applications to:
    The Bursaries Officer, The South Africa Medical Association,
    P O Box 74789,
    Lynnwood Ridge
    OR email to the Bursary Assistant, Ms Grace Baloyi on

Click here to download a bursary application form.


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