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NYDA Bursary Online Application 2024/2025

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) offers many bursaries and scholarships to support South African youth who are pursuing higher education. Applying for these opportunities online is your first step towards achieving your academic goals.

It is worth noting that the bursary is only available to deserving South African citizens or people who have permanent residency status. Below are the things you need to know:

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Available bursaries and scholarships:

• Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund (SMSF): The SMSF targets financially needy youth living in rural/semi-rural areas or townships, pursuing priority fields at public universities or universities of technology.
• Other bursaries: The National Youth Development Agency website also features various bursaries offered by partner organizations, like Eskom, Clover, and the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission. These often have specific eligibility criteria and application deadlines. To be successful, read about them carefully.

NYDA Bursary Online Application 2024/2025

There is no dedicated online application platform for all NYDA bursaries. Each bursary has its application process and platform.

For the SMSF, submit your application online through the NYDA website ( It should be noted that applications for the 2024 intake have been opened.

For other bursaries, refer to the specific opportunity’s webpage or contact the relevant organization directly to find out their application procedure.

General application requirements:

  • The applicant has to be a South African citizen.
  • You need to provide proof of academic performance (matric certificate, university acceptance letter, etc.).
  • Financial need documents might be required, like your parent’s proof of income.
  • A motivational letter explaining your future goals and why you deserve the bursary is often requested.

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