SANS Killie Campbell Bursary 2023 – 2024

About SANS (South African National Society)

Founded in the year 1905 in Cape Town, The South African National Society (SANS) has the main objective of protecting the floral heritage and rock art of South Africa. After its commencement, various new branches were founded across numerous centers. Today, SANS has a branch in Durban, Natal, South Africa.

The main goal of SANS is as follows:

  • To promote and cultivate appreciation and love of South African culture, nature, and historical heritage within the people of South Africa.
  • To provide solid support and marketing to the S.A. Heritage Resources Agency and the Amafa/Heritage KwaZulu-Natal in their common mission of protecting the cultural, natural, and historical heritage of South Africa.
  • To support any other organization or entity that is on a similar mission
  • To promote appreciation of and interest in all the aspects of culture, natural resources, and history that is important to the people of South Africa.

Dr. Killie Campbell was a historian, an enthusiastic collector, and a supportive member of Society. In 1965, following her demise, all of her collections were bequeathed to the University of KwaZulu-Natal, currently recognized as the Killie Campbell Africana Library.

In the year 1982, the Durban SANS branch announced the Dr. Killie Campbell Memorial Bursary for postgraduate students who are willing to study further in the Natal history field in honor of Dr. Campbell’s contributions.

SANS is registered as a Public Benefit Organization (PBO 930011633) which allows anyone to make donations to the organizations easily without Donations Tax.

SANS Killie Campbell Bursary 2023-2024

SANS invites applications for the Killie Campbell Bursary awarded to deserving students every year for the last 39 years. The bursary is awarded to postgraduate students studying a History related topic in a South African University. Their dissertation or line of research must be a topic related to South Africa- preferably about KwaZulu Natal history.

For 2023, the bursary amount is stipulated to be in the R25 000 for the 2023 – 2024 academic year.

The applicants may need to present themselves in front of the selection committee, either through a personal interview, via Skype, or any other electronic means.

Bursary may or may not be fully awarded in 2023. Half of the bursary may be awarded to the successful candidate at the SANS monthly meeting held in September 2023. And, the remaining half bursary may be awarded 6 months later once the President of the Society receives a satisfactory written submission from the applicant’s supervisor.

Note: One of the conditions of the award is that awardees must present a brief outline of their chosen topic at one of the SANS monthly meetings. Once the awardee completes their dissertation, they are required to submit a soft copy of the same for SANS to publish on their website.

Eligibility Criteria

Students must fulfill the below-given criteria to apply for the Killie Campbell Bursary 2023 – 2024:

  • Must be a postgraduate student studying a history-related topic
  • Their dissertation or topic of research must be related to South African history, preferably about KwaZulu Natal history.
  • The university the student is studying at must be accredited and recognized across South Africa.

How to Apply?

Students must submit the application to the Secretary of the SA National Society in writing or via email.

Applicants need to address their applications to:

The Secretary, Memory Coutts
South African National Society
31 St. Andrew’s Drive,
Durban North, Durban 4051.


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Documents Required

Students who fulfill the above-mentioned eligibility criteria must submit clear copies of the required documents.

  • Dissertation details along with the intended topic and area of research
  • Information of the academic and personal achievements and background related to career (Curriculum Vitae)
  • Information about the institution and faculty where the student is registered for studies
  • Applicant’s and his/her supervisor’s email address and telephone number.

Closing Date

The last date for submission of the application is 23 June 2023.

Contact Details

For any queries related to the Killie Campbell Bursary 2023-2024, contact the SANS directly:

Person: The Secretary, Memory Coutts


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