University of Johannesburg (UJ) Merit Bursary 2025

About University of Johannesburg

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is one of the largest contact universities in South Africa (SA) with student population of more than 50 000, comprising of over 3000 international students from 80 countries. UJ has 8 Faculties namely Education, Law, Humanities, Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, Health Sciences, Science and Engineering and the Built Environment.

The university also has the newly established Johannesburg Business School from its College of Business and Economics. It has also four campuses which are the Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus, the Auckland Park Kingsway Campus, the Doornfontein Campus and the Soweto Campus.

UJ Merit Bursaries

The UJ Merit Bursary is awarded academically qualified students intending to pursue postgraduate studies for Master’s or Doctoral degrees at the University of Johannesburg or other accredited South African universities.

The bursary amount is awarded every year for a maximum of two years which still depends on the availability of funds and the student’s academic results.

Second-year students will be provided with financial support for only one year. Bursary value is based on the student’s previous academic performance as well as the pursued postgraduate degree.

For Master’s degree, an amount of R7,130 is given to students who have an average mark of 70-74% in their Honours / BTech / final year of a four-year degree and an amount of  R10,970 is given to students who have a minimum average mark of 75%.

For the Doctoral degree, an amount of R10,970 is awarded to students with an average mark of 70-74% in their Master’s degree and R16,460 is awarded to students with a minimum average mark of 75%.

Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

  • Registered students at the University of Johannesburg or other accredited South African universities
  • Minimum average mark of 70% in Honours / BTech / final year of a four-year degree for Master’s Merit Bursary
  • Minimum average mark of 70% in Master’s degree for Doctoral Merit Bursary

How to Apply and Application Details

  1. Download and complete the UJ Merit bursary application form.
  2. Students from another institution, other than UJ must accompany their application forms with a certified copy of their official academic record/transcripts.
  3. Send your completed application forms to the following drop off points:
    • APB Campus at Room A Red 30
    • APK Campus at Room E Ring
    • DFC Campus at Admin Building Reception
    • Soweto Campus at Admin Block Room

Active and updated contact information must be provided. Applicants will be notified via email/SMS of their application results, whether successful or not.

Closing Date

 1st Semester: 16 April  1st Semester: 15 August 

Contact Details

Tel: 011 559 7098 / 011 559 7099


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.