Thekgo Bursaries

The Canon Collins Thekgo Bursary is a non-profit initiative established in 2007 by a group of professionals keen to promote access to higher education. It is funded by personal contributions from individuals and is jointly run by the Canon Collins office in the UK and a committee of supporters, on a voluntary basis.

The bursary is targeted at students whose degree certificates/academic records have been withheld due to outstanding debt owed to the university, after completion of undergraduate/Honors studies. The initiative was set up in response to the troubling South African reality that students lose opportunities for employment or further studies due to withheld academic records, owing to outstanding debt.

For 2023, we have four bursaries of up to R10,000 for eligible applicants who have completed undergraduate/Hons studies at institutions in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West Provinces.

Students can apply for debt relief in the following disciplines:

• Arts (Visual/Fine/Digital Arts, History of Art, Drama/Performance, Film, TV, Music)
• Languages and Literature
• Media Studies
• Gender Studies
• Education

Read the guidelines

Are you eligible?

You must:

  • be a national of, or have refugee status in any African country.
  • have completed undergraduate studies (three year or four year Bachelor or Honours degree) in a degree programme within Thekgo’s focus disciplines in the Humanities, listed above, at any public university in South Africa.
  • have missed one graduation already and/or was not able to receive the degree due to outstanding debt not exceeding R10,000 owed to the university.
  • demonstrate academic merit
  • demonstrate financial need

The bursary does not cover NSFAS or other scholarship debts.

What we offer

We have four bursaries available.

How to apply

Please download and read the guidelines carefully before applying. You can apply by sending your completed application form and supporting documents to

The deadline for this scholarship is 26 April 5pm SAST