GCRA Bursary application 2024

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A Comprehensive Guide to the GCRA Bursary 

In South Africa, access to quality education still remains a pivotal challenge for many individuals, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Recognizing the importance of education as a catalyst for social and economic development, the Gauteng City-Region Academy (GCRA) has established a robust bursary program aimed at supporting deserving students in pursuing their academic aspirations. We are going to delve into the intricate details of the Gauteng City-Region Academy (GCRA) bursary, outlining its eligibility criteria, benefits, and application process.

 It is important to note that the Gauteng City- Region Academy (GCRA) is not a loan it is a bursary scheme that provides financial assistance to students from disadvantaged communities to further their studies. Bursaries are non-repayable, meaning that students do not have to repay the money they received.

It does not stop at giving out bursaries to deserving students, the Gauteng City-Region (GCRA) provides skills and career guidance programmes, learnerships, and internships which are said to prove most beneficial to South African youth in particular.

 Background and Objectives:

The Gauteng City-Region Academy (GCRA) bursary scheme was first established in the year 2009 and is aimed at investing in the education of young people in the Gauteng province and has so far spent over R2. 2 billion since its inception and has seen over 27 000 young people graduate, an initiative of the Gauteng Provincial Government, is committed to fostering skills development and human capital investment within the Gauteng City-Region. Central to its mission is the belief that education is the cornerstone of individual empowerment and societal progress. In alignment with this vision, the Gauteng City-Region Academy (GCRA) Bursary Program seeks to alleviate financial barriers hindering students' access to higher education, particularly in fields critical to the region's economic growth

Eligibility Criteria:

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):

v  You must reside within the Gauteng province

v  You must have completed Matric in Gauteng

v  You must be a South African citizen

v  You must be between 18 and 35 years’ old

v  You must be a South African citizen

v  You must have been accepted/ registered to study towards an Undergraduate or Postgraduate qualification, in 2024

v  You must have been accepted to study at an accredited and registered Post School Education and Training institution in South Africa.

v  Preference will be given to students pursuing studies in GGT2030 priority sectors: Art and Design, Finance; Economics and Accounting, Electrical Infrastructure Construction, Civil Engineering Construction, Hospitality Management, IT and Computer Science, Mechanical Automotive, Mechanical Automotive and Diesel Engineering, Tourism; Transport and Logistics.


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

v  Proof of address in Gauteng (Water and Electricity bill/ stamped ward councilors letter/ letter from traditional authority if in a rural area)

v  ID document and matric certificate (certified copy) 

v  Most recent academic record, if currently studying (certified copy)

v  Proof of registration or acceptance at a recognised PSET institution/ institution of higher learning (on institutions letterhead)

v  Motivational letter stating why you should be awarded the bursary (maximum 2 pages) (Click here for a guide on how to write a motivational letter)

v  Parents or guardians proof of income (latest payslips if employed/ affidavit if unemployed) (certified copy)

v  Proof of any other bursaries you are currently receiving, if applicable

v  Disability or medical report if disabled


What They Offer and Cover:

The Gauteng City- Region Academy (GCRA) bursary provides comprehensive support to successful applicants, covering various aspects of their academic journey:

1.       Tuition Fees: The bursary covers full or partial tuition fees, depending on the applicant's financial need and the specific arrangements made with the academic institution.

2.       Accommodation and Living Expenses: In some cases, the bursary may extend to cover accommodation costs for students residing in university residences or approved accommodation facilities.

3.       Books and Study Materials: Financial assistance may be provided to purchase prescribed textbooks and other necessary study materials.

4. Transportation Allowance: A stipend for transportation expenses may also be included to facilitate students' commute to and from their academic institutions.

 Application Process: The application process for the Gauteng City-Region Academy (GCRA) bursary typically follows these steps:

1.        Online Application: Prospective applicants can access the bursary application form through the official Gauteng City- Region Academy (GCRA) bursary website or designated online portals.

2.        Submission of Documents: Along with the application form, applicants are required to submit supporting documents, including academic transcripts, proof of residency, proof of income, and any other relevant documentation.

3.        Assessment and Selection: Submitted applications undergo a thorough review process, where academic performance, financial need, and alignment with priority fields of study are taken into consideration.

4.       Interviews (if applicable): Shortlisted candidates may be invited for interviews to further assess their suitability for the bursary.

5.       Notification of Outcome: Successful applicants are notified of their bursary awards, detailing the extent of financial assistance provided and any additional terms and conditions.

Closing Details for Applications:

The 28/29th February is the closing date for applications annually, it is essential for prospective applicants to adhere to the specified deadlines and guidelines during the application process. Failure to submit required documents or meet deadlines may result in disqualification. Additionally, applicants should ensure accuracy and honesty in providing information, as any misrepresentation may lead to the cancellation of the bursary. Click here to apply for the GCRA BURSARY.

 The Gauteng City-Region Academy (GCRA) bursary program stands as a beacon of hope for aspiring students in Gauteng, offering not only financial support but also the opportunity to realize their academic potential and contribute meaningfully to the region's development. By investing in education, the Gauteng City-Region Academy (GCRA) bursary continues to sow the seeds of progress and prosperity, paving the way for a brighter future for all.


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