SAMRO Music Bursary

The most substantial awards in music study in Southern Africa.

SAMRO Music Bursaries for students at South African Universities

Deadline for Bursary Applications: 31 March 2017

During 2016, the SAMRO Foundation awarded bursaries worth over R1-million to music students, with an online tool streamlining the applications and adjudication. One of the recipients, a student from Swaziland in her second year at UKZN, Gcina Mavuso, wrote: “Words cannot describe the joy this news has brought me and my family. This is going to change my family’s financial status for the better. The money is going to make a huge difference since my fees will be reduced by R10 000. I would love to thank SAMRO for this wonderful gift.”

Each year the SAMRO Foundation invites applications for bursaries for music studies. The SAMRO Foundation accepts applications from:

  • full-time students,
  • registered at a South African University, in their
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th years, or honours and masters degrees, who are
  • Citizens of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho or Swaziland, who are
  • studying for a degree or diploma majoring in music.

Due to limited resources the Foundation cannot support

  • students from private higher education institutions;
  • university students in their 1st year of study;
  • students in foundation or bridging programmes;
  • students specialising in Musical Theatre or Music Therapy;
  • Doctoral level students

Each bursary is worth R10 000.

The Foundation will be putting out a call for applications for the 2017 academic year towards the end the year.

The Application Form:

Before applicants start to fill in the form they must please ensure that the browsers they are using are up to date. They should also source following digital documents that will need to be uploaded separately before submitting the application:

  • Copy of ID Document
  • Proof of 2017 registration
  • 2016 Examination results or most recent academic record (university transcript)
  • 2 Letters of reference (not older than 3 months)
  • For Masters applicants - a 5 to 8 page synopsis of your thesis or dissertation.

Please ensure that all scans are clear and legible before sending.

We request that all communications including reference letters be provided in English

Please only submit what has been requested. Additional material will be discarded.

Disqualification criteria: Applications will not be considered if

  • any section of the form is incomplete
  • supporting documents are missing
  • more than one proposal is submitted per student
  • the application is submitted after the deadline of 31 March 2017

Terms and conditions:

  1. The decisions of the independent adjudication panel will be final, subject only to confirmation by SAMRO Foundation’s Board
  2. Awarded bursaries will be communicated to the relevant Heads of Department and paid directly to the relevant universities for the relevant year.
  3. Bursaries are restricted to the degrees/diplomas stated in the applications and may not be transferred to other degrees/diplomas
  4. Bursary awards are for payment of tuition fees only
  5. Bursaries may only be used in the academic year in which they are awarded

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