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NYDA Bursary Requirements

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is a financial aid program. It gives several bursaries and scholarships to support South African youth pursuing higher education. The bursary is specifically for deserving South African citizens and permanent residents who meet some eligibility requirements.

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The NYDA Bursary covers many fields including engineering, information technology, science, mathematics, education and healthcare.

NYDA Bursary Requirements

The specific requirements for NYDA bursaries vary depending on the individual opportunity you are interested in. However, below is an overview of some common requirements across different NYDA bursaries:

General eligibility:

  • South African citizenship: The applicant must be a South African citizen under 35 years old. A permanent resident may be considered.
  • Demonstrate good academic performance: You need to demonstrate good academic performance, typically through your matric certificate or university acceptance letter. The bursary is very competitive and consideration will only be given to those who make better grades. Go to the bursary’s website ([ and read about the required grades.
  • Financial need: The NYDA bursary requires you to demonstrate financial need, often assessed through your household income (often below a certain threshold) and proof of income documents for your parents/guardians.
  • Residency: Some bursaries prioritize applicants from rural/semi-rural areas or townships.

Additional requirements:

  • Motivational letter: You will have to write a captivating motivation letter outlining your future goals, why you deserve the bursary, and how it will help you achieve your academic aspirations.
  • Supporting documents: Depending on the bursary, you may need to provide additional documents like academic transcripts, acceptance letters, identity documents, or community involvement certificates.

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