During 2017, the SAMRO Foundation awarded bursaries worth over R1-million to music students, with an online tool streamlining the applications and adjudication. One of the recipients, a third-year student specialising in jazz at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Nelisiwe Zinhle Msomi wrote:
“I would like to thank you for supporting my academic journey for this year, 2017. Your meaningful gesture has encouraged me even more to complete my studies. By writing this letter, it is not only to show gratitude but also to build a longer relationship between myself and the SAMRO Foundation. Thank you, kwande la nithathe khona.”
Each year the SAMRO Foundation invites applications for bursaries for music studies. The SAMRO Foundation accepts applications from:
registered at a South African University, in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th years, or Honours and Master’s degrees, who are citizens of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho or Swaziland, who are studying for a degree or diploma majoring in music.
Due to limited resources the Foundation cannot support Students from private higher education institutions – such as City Varsity; COPA; AFDA; Academy for Sound Engineering; etc. university students in their 1st year of study
students in foundation or bridging programmes
students specialising in Musical Theatre or Music Therapy
Doctoral level students.
Each bursary is worth R11 000.
Online music bursary application forms and guidelines will be on the SAMRO Foundation website by the beginning of November 2017.
Please note that you can only apply once you’ve completed registration in 2018 and have all required documentation as set out below.
The Application Form:
Before applicants start to fill in the form they should source following digital documents that will need to be uploaded before submitting the application:
Copy of ID Document
Proof of 2018 registration
2017 Examination results or most recent academic record (university transcript)
2 Letters of reference from current university lecturers (not older than 3 months)
For Master’s degree applicants – a reference letter from your supervisor & a 5 – 8 page synopsis of your thesis. Please note that this bursary does not cover any coursework or Master’s degree recitals.
We request that all communications including reference letters be provided in English. Please only submit what has been requested. Additional material will be discarded.
Disqualification criteria: Applications will not be considered if
any section of the form is incomplete
supporting documents are missing
more than one proposal is submitted per student
the application is submitted after the deadline of 30 March 2018
Terms and conditions:
The decisions of the independent adjudication panel will be final, subject only to confirmation by SAMRO Foundation’s Board
Awarded bursaries will be communicated to the relevant Heads of Department and paid directly to the relevant universities for the relevant year.
Bursaries are restricted to the degrees/diplomas stated in the applications and may not be transferred to other degrees/diplomas
Bursary awards are for payment of tuition fees only
Bursaries may only be used in the academic year in which they are awarded
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Download the Reference Letter Guidelines here