Call for applications: SAMRO music bursaries for SA varsity students

The South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) is calling South African university students to apply for music bursaries. Each bursary is worth 10 000 rand ($770) and the deadline for the call is 31 March 2017.

University of Johannesburg student in a library. Photo: Youtube.
University of Johannesburg student in a library. Photo: Youtube.

Each year the SAMRO Foundation invites candidates to apply fir music-study bursaries. Last year, it awarded bursaries worth more than 1 million rand to music students.

The SAMRO Foundation accepts applications from students who are:

  • Full-time.
  • Registered at a South African university.
  • In third or fourth year, or studying for their honours or masters degrees.
  • Citizens of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho or Swaziland.
  • Studying for a degree or diploma majoring in music.

Due to limited resources the Foundation cannot support:

  • Students from private higher education institutions.
  • University students in their first year of study.
  • Students in foundation or bridging programmes.
  • Students specialising in musical theatre or music therapy.
  • Doctoral level students.

Application criteria
Before application, applicants must ensure that they are using up-to-date browsers. Applicants should also submit the following documents, which must be uploaded separately before submitting the application:

  • Copy of ID Document.
  • Proof of 2017 registration.
  • 2016 examination results or most recent academic record (university transcript).
  • Two reference letters (not older than 3 months).
  • For masters applicants, a 5-8 paged synopsis of your thesis or dissertation is needed.

Applicants should ensure that all scans are clear before sending, and all communications including reference letters must be provided in English. Only requested material should be submitted. Additional material will be discarded.

Disqualification criteria
Applications will not be considered if:

  • Any section of the form is incomplete.
  • Supporting documents are missing.
  • More than one proposal is submitted per student.
  • The application is submitted after the deadline of 31 March 2017.

Terms and conditions
The decisions of the independent adjudication panel will be final, subject only to confirmation by SAMRO Foundation’s board.

  • Awarded bursaries will be communicated to the relevant heads of department and paid directly to the relevant universities for the relevant year.
  • Bursaries are restricted to the degrees/diplomas stated in the applications and may not be transferred to other degrees/diplomas.
  • Bursary awards are for payment of tuition fees only.
  • Bursaries may only be used in the academic year in which they are awarded.

Click here for the full call. For more information, email or The reference letter guideline can be downloaded here.  


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