South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) Bursary 2022

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South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) Bursary 2022 – 2023


The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), established in 1929, is a research and policy organization based in South Africa. The aim of the institute is to investigate social and economic conditions (including inequality, poverty) within the country and distribute the findings, as well as to encourage economic growth.

SAIRR have been providing educational funding to disadvantaged South Africans since the year 1935. As of 1980, the Institute has awarded over R220 million in bursaries, which has been a significant contribution to economic empowerment within the country. Funding has been granted across a range of fields, including business and commerce; medicine, health sciences and dentistry; science and engineering; education; law and arts

Among the over 3 500 students that have received funding, is the late Mr. Nelson Mandela, who was granted a bursary in the late 1940s to the value of £120.


IRR bursaries will be awarded to students in ANY field of study, who are studying towards an Undergraduate Degree or Diploma qualification. (Please note that postgraduate and Honours funding is not currently available).


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):

  • South African citizen
  • Completed Matric OR currently in Matric
  • Studying or intend on studying towards a first degree/ diploma qualification (NOT postgraduate studies)
  • Studying or intend on studying at a South African tertiary institution (which is registered with the Council for Higher Education)
  • Proven financial need


Applications must be done online at


The selection process will include the following steps:
1) You apply via the IRR online platform as listed above.
2) All online applications will be reviewed by the Institute and selected candidates will be shortlisted.
3) Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and requested to submit their supporting documents (as listed below) – if you have not received any correspondence by 30 September 2020, please accept that you have not been shortlisted.
4) Supporting documentation must be submitted to the Institute by 16 November 2020.
5) The Institute selection committee will review all shortlisted applications and their supporting documents and will make a final decision by 15 February 2021, which will then be communicated to the successful students.

Only shortlisted candidates will be required to submit the following supporting documentation (make sure that you have all these documents ready and certified where applicable, as submission of these documents is compulsory in order to proceed with your application).

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric latest results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Full tertiary academic record, if currently in University (certified copy)
  • Proof of tertiary registration/ admission


For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact the SAIRR directly:
Tel: 011 482 7221
Fax: 011 482 7690
Email: [email protected]


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