The South African Institute of Race Relations Bursary Opportunity

Closing Date 31 August 2020


The IRR is proud to have been funding the education of thousands of South Africans, regardless of race, since 1935, among them such notable figures as Nelson Mandela, Marina Xaba-Mokoena, Philip Kgosana and Nonceba Lubanga. The national bursary programme of the Institute dates back to 1935, and the thousands of recipients since then have served the country in almost every field of endeavour. Among the most famous was South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, who gained an IRR bursary worth £120 in 1940. The bursary application process starts online on 9 July 2020 and closes on 31 August 2020. Please note that only application forms from the Bursary Department at the South African Institute of Race Relations will be considered. Application forms downloaded from any other websites will not be taken into account.


Who is eligible for IRR Bursary?

  • Only citizens of the Republic of South Africa.
  • Only students who intend to study or who are already studying for a degree or diploma at a tertiary institution in South Africa which is registered with the Council for Higher Education.
  • Only applicants who are intending to study, or are already studying for a first degree/diploma. Students who intend studying for a post-graduate degree – e.g. Honours – are not eligible.

There are six steps to applying for a bursary from the Institute

  1. Complete the online application form below. The closing date by which to complete this form is 31st August 2020.
  2. The completed online applications will be reviewed by the Institute. They will produce a short-list of potential bursary recipients.
  3. The Institute will contact all short-listed applicants. Each short-listed applicant will be supplied with documents that he or she will require in order to complete the application process. Please note that if you are not contacted by the Institute by 30th September 2020 then you have not been short-listed.
  4. Short-listed candidates must complete the documents they received under step 3 and return these to the Institute by 16th November 2020.
  5. The Institute's bursary selection committee will review all those final applications received on or before 16th November 2020 and make decisions about which students are to receive bursaries for 2021. These decisions will be taken by 15 February 2021.
  6. The Institute will notify the students who have been granted bursaries.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY