The Thermo Fisher Scientific Phambili Trust Bursary 2024

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In a country where access to quality education remains a critical challenge for many, initiatives like the Thermo Fisher Scientific Phambili Trust Bursary are beacons of hope, illuminating the path to a brighter future for deserving South African students. As the 2024 edition of this esteemed program unfolds, it's time to delve into its significance, impact, and the stories of those it uplifts.

About Thermo Fisher Scientific

The story of Thermo Fisher Scientific begins with the founding of Thermo Electron Corporation in 1956 by George N. Hatsopoulos and Peter M Nomikos. Originally focused on the development of thermostatic controls and instruments for scientific research, the company quickly expanded its portfolio to include analytical instruments, laboratory equipment, and environmental monitoring solutions.

Throughout the latter half of the 20th century, Thermo Electron Corporation embarked on a series of mergers and acquisitions that would significantly shape its trajectory. In 1990, the company merged with Milton Roy Company, a leading manufacturer of precision fluid control equipment, forming Thermo Instrument Systems Inc. This merger expanded Thermo's capabilities in analytical instrumentation and process control.

In 2006, Thermo Electron Corporation merged with Fisher Scientific International Inc., a leading provider of laboratory equipment, chemicals, and consumables. The merger created Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., a global powerhouse in the life sciences and analytical instrumentation industry. The combined company boasted an extensive product portfolio, unparalleled technical expertise, and a vast global footprint, enabling it to better serve the needs of scientists, researchers, and healthcare professionals worldwide.

Today, Thermo Fisher Scientific operates in over 180 countries and employs more than 100,000 people worldwide. The company's products and services play a critical role in advancing scientific research, facilitating drug discovery and development, improving diagnostics and healthcare delivery, and safeguarding the environment and food supply.

Unveiling the Phambili Trust Bursary

Established by Thermo Fisher Scientific, a global leader in serving science, the Phambili Trust Bursary aims to nurture academic excellence and promote diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Through this initiative, the company underscores its commitment to fostering talent and driving innovation in South Africa, while also addressing the imperative need for greater representation of historically disadvantaged communities in these critical domains.

Who Qualifies for This Bursary?

This scholarship is specifically aimed at Black students who are pursuing studies in STEM fields, which encompass Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM qualifications include degrees such as:

·         Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics.

·         Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or Chemical Engineering.

·         Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Information Technology, Biotechnology, or Environmental Management.

·         Bachelor of Computer Science (BCompSc) specializing in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, or Software Engineering.

·         Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) for aspiring medical professionals.

·         Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) for those interested in healthcare and nursing.

·         Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) for students pursuing careers in pharmaceutical sciences.

This list is not exhaustive and only serves as a point of reference.

Applicants Must Meet These Minimum Requirements to Be Considered For This Scholarship:

·         Applicants should be under 35 years old.

·         Applicants must be enrolled at a recognized and accredited South African tertiary institution.

·         Applicants should come from an economically disadvantaged background.

·         Demonstrated financial need is a requirement for consideration.

Documents Required:

·         Certified copy of Document (certified copy)

·         Certified copy of Matric certificate, if completed Matric and not yet studying

·         Certified copy of Parents or guardians ID documents

·         Certified copy of Parents or guardians’ proof of income (pay slips, letter of employment, 3 months bank statement, if employed/ affidavit if unemployed/ SASSA letter if receiving a social grant)

·         Certified copy of Latest academic transcript or exam results, if currently studying

·         Invoice/ quotation for your accommodation (where applicable)

·         Motivational letter stating why you deserve the award (click here to read our guide on howto write a compelling motivational letter for your bursary application),

·         Proof of acceptance into a tertiary institution

·         University tuition fee statement (where applicable)

How to Apply?

To apply for the Thermo Fisher Bursary, you have two options:

1.      Online Application

Download and fill out the Thermo Fisher Scientific Phambili Trust Bursary Application Form 2024 (.pdf) available on the official website. (Click here to download the application form.)


(Please include "Thermo Fisher Scientific Phambili Trust Bursary 2024" in the email subject line).

2.      Hardcopy Application

If applying by mail, you can send your completed application form to the following address: (Click here to download the application form.)

The Thermo Fischer Scientific Phambili Trust

200 Smit Street Fairland,

Johannesburg, 2195

South Africa.

Closing Date

The deadline for the Thermo Fisher Bursary application is April 15, 2024. It's crucial to note that applications received after this date will not be considered. To ensure your application is reviewed, it is imperative to submit it before the closing date and also submit all of the required documents. Missing documents may lead to disqualification.

Transforming Lives, One Scholarship at a Time

While the Phambili Trust Bursary is a testament to Thermo Fisher Scientific's commitment to corporate social responsibility, its impact is magnified through strategic partnerships and collaboration with educational institutions, NGOs, and government agencies. By joining forces with stakeholders across sectors, the program leverages resources, expertise, and networks to reach more aspiring scholars and create a more inclusive and vibrant STEM ecosystem in South Africa. As the 2024 edition of the Phambili Trust Bursary unfolds, it announces a new chapter in the journey towards a more equitable and prosperous South Africa. With each scholarship awarded, the program not only transforms individual lives but also lays the foundation for a legacy of excellence, innovation, and social impact. As the beneficiaries of this initiative embark on their educational journey, they carry with them the aspirations of a nation and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

The Thermo Fisher Scientific Phambili Trust Bursary stands as a shining example of corporate philanthropy and social investment, empowering South Africa's future leaders to soar to new heights of academic excellence and societal impact. As we celebrate the accomplishments of past recipients and anticipate the achievements of those yet to come, let us reaffirm our collective commitment to nurturing talent, fostering diversity, and building a future where every individual has the opportunity to thrive and succeed.


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