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About SATI

South African Translators’ Institute (SATI) was founded in 1956 to promote the interests of South Africa's translation profession. SATI works in contemporary South Africa, with 11 official languages. It is also working to establish a culture that encourages multilingualism and preserves a tradition for translation and interpreting the South African languages. Multilingualism must be realized by properly trained language workers, such as translators or interpreters. SATI was concerned about the lack of qualified language workers in South Africa and decided to raise funds to aid a worthy student in translation or interpreting, especially in the languages that were previously excluded.

Who is eligible to receive a SATI bursary?

Students who have financial need are eligible for the SATI bursaries. The SATI bursary is available to second-, third-, and fourth-year students. The applicant must also submit an affidavit proving that they have not received any other funding or bursaries to pay the same expenses as the SATI bursary. The applicant must also prove that they have other funding available to pay the remainder of the fees and expenses for the year.


1 partial bursary to the amount of R10 000 will be granted. The bursary is paid in two equal instalments. 50% will be paid at start of year, and 50% in the second semester. This will occur after SATI receives bursary recipients' 1st semester results. These will show a minimum of 65% in all subjects of language practice. These main criteria will determine which candidates are selected: academic achievements to date and financial need.

Minimum requirements

  • *You must be a South African citizen
  • *You must be pursuing a qualification as a translator, interpreter, or other aspect of translation.
  • *You must be in your second, third, or fourth year of study (first year students will not be funded).
  • *You must be enrolled at South Africa's recognized tertiary institutions and have been studying for at least one year.
  • *For all subjects of language practice, you must have a minimum overall average score of 65%
  • *You cannot have failed any subject you registered for during the year the bursary is awarded.
  • *You will need to work in combination of South African official languages
  • *Financial need is a must
  • *You cannot be receiving any bursary funding, grant or other financial aid that covers the same SATI bursary expenses
  • *For the remainder, you must be able to pay for any expenses that are not covered by the SATI bursary.

Your application will be rejected if you fail to comply with these requirements.

How does the bursary get allocated?

SATI funding for bursaries can be limited so it is crucial that it is given to students who have a high chance to succeed in their studies and are likely to make an impact on the profession after they complete their degree. Although financial need is the main criterion for applicants, they are also evaluated on the basis their marks. Other factors that might be considered include previous SATI awards, professional involvement, and combinations of languages. SATI is unable to provide bursaries that cover all costs for a course of study. The Institute will ask successful applicants to show that they can pay all costs related to their course in the year before the bursary is awarded. They must also disclose information about any other bursaries they have received or anticipate receiving.

Please note that if any other bursary is paid, the SATI Bursary will only be paid once proof of registration has been submitted for the relevant course. Bursaries are paid in two tranches. 50% at the start of the year, and 50% in the second semester after submission of student's first-semester marks showing a minimum of 65% average in all subjects of language practice.

How do I apply?

1) Make sure you have the following documents:

You can save these documents as pdf files to make it easier.

Certified copies of:

* Identification document 

* Certificate of Matriculation

*Academic record of tertiary institution

* Academic qualification

It is necessary to provide proof of:

* Register at a Tertiary Institution for the Current Year

* Financial capacity to pay for other expenses not covered by the SATI

Bursary does not cover

* All details about bursaries that you expect to be awarded or received have received.

Refer to the one that was selected successfully only:

* An affidavit confirming that you are not being funded by any other entity bursary that would be covering the same expenses that this bursary is covering. 

2) Fill out the Word application form by downloading it on the SATI website and completing it.

Send the completed application along with the required documents to this email:

You risk losing your application if you fail to submit any of these documents.

Closing date

This bursary closes on the 31st of March 2022.


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