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GCRA Bursary South Africa 2024



The Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) is a branch of the Gauteng Department of Education, a sector of the South African government which is responsible for skill development within Province. The GCRA helps develop skills of students within the province, by way of facilitation and coordination of bursaries, internships, learnerships and career guidance programmes.



The Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) is inviting students to apply for the GCRA Bursary, for the 2024 academic year.

The GCRA bursary will be awarded to students residing in Gauteng, for Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies in ANY field.


The bursary will provide cover for the following expenses: registration fees, tuition fees, accommodation in residence (to a maximum value of R65 000) or off-campus/ private accommodation (to a maximum value of R47 000), books, laptop and a living allowance for off-campus/ private accommodation.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted within 3 to 4 weeks after the application closing date – if you do not receive any feedback 4 weeks after the closing date, please regard your application as unsuccessful. is committed to keeping you up to date with the latest bursary opportunities, and this article covers all details about the GCRA Bursary.


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must be between 18 and 35 years old
  • You must reside within the Gauteng province
  • You must have completed Matric in Gauteng
  • You must have been accepted/ registered to study towards an Undergraduate or Postgraduate qualification, in 2024
  • You must have been accepted to study at an accredited and registered Post School Education and Training institution in South Africa (this includes public Higher Education Institutions, private Higher Education Institutions, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges, private colleges, Community Education and Training colleges and skills development providers)
  • Preference will be given to students pursuing studies in GGT2030 priority sectors: Art and Design, Finance; Economics and Accounting, Electrical Infrastructure Construction, Civil Engineering Construction, Hospitality Management, IT and Computer Science, Mechanical Automotive, Mechanical Automotive and Diesel Engineering, Tourism; Transport and Logistics


Students who meet either of the following 3 criteria will automatically qualify for the bursary (but they must still submit an application):

  • Top achievers at a Gauteng-based school
  • Top 3 learners from no-fee paying Gauteng-based school (find the list of no-fee paying schools in Gauteng)
  • Top 3 learners from Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Gauteng-based school



Applications must be submitted online at: GCRA Bursary Application 2024

Applicants will be required to Register an account before they can Login and apply.

The application process will include the following steps:
Step 1: Personal Profile, including: personal information, address and contact information, Matric final results and details, and parent or guardian details.
Step 2: tertiary institution results and details, information about any other sponsors, uploading supporting documentation and agreeing to the terms and conditions.

If you are unsure which type of bursary to apply for, please note the following:

  • New Intake means you applying to the GCRA bursary for the first time
  • Renewal means you were funded by the GCRA bursary in the previous year, and you are now reapplying
  • Reinstatement means your bursary was suspended and you have now satisfIed the conditions to have your bursary reinstated
  • Top Achievers means you are one of the top Achiever within Gauteng
  • Top 3 Achiever means you attended a no fee paying school
  • Top 3 in LSEN (learners with special educational needs) Schools
  • MEC/HOD Discretion means the MEC/HOD advised you to apply for a bursary
  • Veteran Discretion means you are a child of a Military Veteran
  • Financial Assistance means you have finance, but require assistance
  • Top Ups means you have an existing bursary, but need additional funding

If you need help with the bursary application process, please download the GCRA Bursary Application Guidelines (.pdf)


Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your online application (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate (certified copy)
  • Most recent academic record, if currently studying (certified copy)
  • Proof of registration or acceptance at a recognised PSET institution/ institution of higher learning (on institutions letterhead)
  • Proof of address in Gauteng (Water and Electricity bill/ stamped ward councilors letter/ letter from traditional authority if in a rural area)
  • Motivational letter stating why you should be awarded the bursary (maximum 2 pages) (read our tips on how to write a motivational letter for your bursary application)
  • Disability or medical report if disabled
  • Parents or guardians proof of income (latest payslips if employed/ affidavit if unemployed)(certified copy)
  • Proof of any other bursaries you are currently receiving, if applicable

Note: ensure that your documents are labelled correctly (example: “ID copy” for the copy of your Identity Document), saved in pdf format and NOT bigger than 2MB each.


  • If you are having trouble accessing the GCRA portal, please check your internet connection or try another browser (Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer).
  • Be sure to take note of your login details (after you receive an SMS to confirm your registration on the GCRA system).
  • Applicants may start their application, save and continue it at a later stage, but please note that you must “submit” your application before the closing date.
  • If you were previously funded by GCRA for your undergraduate studies, and you are now applying for funding for your postgraduate studies, you will need to reapply as it is a new qualification (your details may be on the system still and you will need to update them).
  • Candidates who already hold another bursary may apply, if they need top-up funding – please indicate this on your application.
  • If your application was declined and you would like to appeal, you may do so by emailing [email protected]
  • GCRA bursary funds are paid directly to the institution where successful candidates are studying, however certain funds (laptop and book allowance) may be paid directly to students. Living allowances will also be paid paid directly to students.
  • Candidates who require assistive devices for their studies, may email [email protected] for further details.



29 February 2024.
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)


For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact the Gauteng City Region Academy directly:
New bursary queries (Email: [email protected] / Tel: 0800 000 789 or 011 355 0000)
Bursary renewal queries (Email: [email protected])
Other GCRA contact people
(Hours of operation: 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays)

List of all Bursaries Open All Year Round

Companies and various organisations that offer bursaries do so for a number of reasons. One of them is to create a pool of qualified and skilled individuals they can alway pick their employees from. This helps bursars when they complete their studies because they do not have to go out and look for a job.

Bursaries open all year round are those that do not have a specified applications closing date. Many bursaries that are offered carry a specific date in which all applications for the following academic year must be return. It is not the case with bursaries open all year round.

Here are some of those that never carry a closing date:

Other bursaries carry a closing date and we have arranged them as such in this portal. You just need to search depending on which time of the year do you see this page.


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