SAICA Thuthuka Bursaries 2025

June 4, 2024

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Bursary Description

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) invites South African students to apply for Thuthuka Bursary Programme 2025 academic year.

Bursary Application Closing Date: 31 August 2024 (at 12:00).

The Thuthuka Bursary is open to students who are studying towards a career in Chartered Accountancy – specifically the following undergraduate qualifications, at these selected institutions:

  • University of Johannesburg (UJ): Bachelor of Accounting (Course code BCA012)
  • University of Pretoria (UP): Accounting Sciences (Course code 07130044)
  • University of Witwatersrand (WITS): B Acc Science (Course Code CB008)
  • University of Free State (UFS – Bloemfontein Campus): Bachelor of Accounting (Course code BC636060) / PGCA (Course code BC656060)
  • University of Fort Hare (UFH): B Com Accounting (Course Code 60001)
  • University of Cape Town (UCT): B Com (Course Code CB024) / PGDA (Course Code CG010ACC01)
  • University of Western Cape (UWC): (Course Code 1021 or 1753)
  • Stellenbosch University (SU): B Com Accounting/ B Rek (Course code 3091001)
  • Rhodes University (RU): Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
  • Nelson Mandela University (NMU): B Com Accounting (Course code 40103)
  • North West University (NWU – Potch Campus): B Com CA (Course code 5DAH01-E302)
  • University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN – Westville Campus): Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting (code BCOM-C)
  • University of Limpopo (UL) – CTA only: PGDA [Post Graduate Diploma in Accountancy]

The bursary will provide cover for the following expenses: tuition, books, meals, residence fees and accommodation.

Bursary recipients will also have access to the following benefits: academic support (including various academic enrichment programmes: additional tutorials, study skills workshops etc), social and emotional support, work-readiness and life skills training, mentoring and counselling, and access to dedicated programme manager exposure to experienced chartered accountants and business leaders as mentors.

The Thuthuka Bursary will NOT pay for existing loans or debts.

Bursary recipients will be required to sign a contract with the Thuthuka Education and Upliftment Fund (TEUF) and NSFAS.

Bursaries are awarded annually and are renewed at the discretion of the fund. Candidates will be selected based on 3 main criteria: academic results, financial need as determined by the NSFAS financial means test and National Benchmark Test (NBT) results.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted – if you do not receive any feedback, please regard your application as unsuccessful.


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):

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must be a Black African or Coloured student
  • You must be from a disadvantaged background
  • You must be currently in Matric OR have completed Matric within the last 2 years
  • You must have achieved a minimum result of 60% (level 5) for Mathematics in Grade 11 (NOT Mathematics Literacy or Technical Mathematics)
  • You must be studying OR intend on studying towards one of the qualifications listed above, in 2025
  • You must have applied or are in the process of applying, to study towards one of the qualifications listed above, at one of the SAICA accredited universities
  • You must have a combined family income of NOT more than R350 000 per annum
  • You must have written or will write the National Benchmark Tests (NBT) before the bursary closing date

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online at: SAICA Thuthuka Bursary Application 2025

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your application (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Grade 11 final results (certified copy)
  • Matric latest results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric final results, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Proof of University provisional acceptance/ registration, if currently in Matric (on University letterhead)
  • Full University academic record, if currently studying (on University letterhead)
  • Parents or guardians ID documents (certified copies)
  • Parents or guardians proof of income (latest payslips if employed, affidavit if unemployed) (certified copies)
  • ID documents or birth certificates of other dependents in your family income (certified copies)
  • Signed Thuthuka Consent Form (.pdf)