SAICA Scholarship for 2021

April 24, 2020

Scholarship Summary

Looking for funding to become a chartered accountant? Thuthuka has you covered

For the past 15 years, the Thuthuka Bursary has funded academically talented African and Coloured learners and students who want to become chartered accountants [CAs(SA)]. If you are one of them, don’t delay applications for the 2021 intake have just opened. 

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is constantly working to fix the member demographics of the chartered accountancy profession to be reflective of those of the country through its renowned Thuthuka Bursary. 

What is the Thuthuka Bursary?

A bursary fund like none other, Thuthuka covers more than just tuition, books, meals, residence fees and accommodation. The programme follows an integrated and holistic approach to ensure success, by providing students with ‘wrap around’ support in the form of, among others:

  • academic support, including various academic enrichment programmes such as additional tutorials, study skills workshops and more
  • social and emotional support
  • work-readiness and life skills training
  • mentoring and counselling
  • access to dedicated programme manager exposure to experienced chartered accountants and business leaders as mentors

This model makes Thuthuka students more successful than their counterparts. It is also this approach that makes Thuthuka students ready to face the challenges of the workplace. 

Applications for 2021 bursary intake close on 31 July 2020

To qualify for the Thuthuka bursary, you must:

  • be a South African citizen;
  • be black African or Coloured;
  • be either in Grade 12, out of school (with Matric) for no more than two years or a university student currently studying a CA-stream BCom degree;
  • have obtained at least 60% (5 or above on the NSC scale of achievement) in Mathematics in Grade 11 or Matric (Maths Literacy and Technical Maths learners are NOT considered);
  • have enough points to qualify for university entrance and intend to study a BCom Accounting (CA-stream) degree;
  • have applied (or be in the process of applying) for a BCom Accounting (CA-stream) degree at a SAICA-accredited university offering the Thuthuka programme. (The full list of universities offering the Thuthuka programme can be found on;
  • come from a family that has a combined income of R350 000 or less and cannot financially support your tertiary education; and
  • write and pass the National Benchmark Test (NBT).​​​​​​
  • Government Learnership
  • Company Learnership
  • Mining Learnership
  • Apprenticeship Programs
  • Internship Programs

How To Apply?


The application window to apply for the Thuthuka Bursary 2021 is currently open.

To apply, visit and submit your application before the end of July 2020.

  • The funding application is for the 2021 academic year.
  • Applicants will be considered according to academic performance, National Benchmark Test (NBT) results and financial need as determined by the NSFAS financial means test.Your application remains incomplete if:
  • The consent form is not signed or
  • All required documents are not uploaded.
  • All fields marked in red are compulsory
  • Your application is not submitted until you press “SUBMIT”
  • The closing date for the applications is 31 July 2020.


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