GCRA Bursary – Gauteng City Region Academy 2024

About Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA)

The Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) is a branch of the Gauteng Department of Education that aims to promote skills development in Gauteng. This is done by establishing learnerships, internships, bursaries (GCRA Bursary), skills programme, and career guidance programmes. The Gauteng youth, business sectors and Gauteng government employees are the major beneficiaries of the GCRA.

The GCRA has developed an Unemployment database to identify participants for development programs. The employment opportunities will come from Gauteng Provincial Government departments, municipalities, government agencies and the private sectors. Interviews, as well as other application procedures and results, will be used as a basis for program selection. The aim is to build a skilled, capable and ethical workforce for the region in South Africa. 

GCRA Bursary

GCRA Bursary 2024

GCRA is offering financial assistance to students who want to continue their education but lack the resources to cover the cost of study.

The GCRA bursary programme is intended for undergraduate students and those in postgraduate studies residing within the province of Gauteng. Students can be in any field of study. As long as they meet the eligibility requirements (detailed in the next section), they can apply for bursary funding.

Once awarded, the bursary will cover the following expenses (as per the bursary contract):

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation cost
  • Books
  • Laptop

Those staying in residence will receive a maximum amount of R 65,000. Students residing off-campus or in private accommodation will receive a maximum of R 47,000. GCRA will calculate the final amount each bursar will receive.

Shortlisted candidates will get a notification regarding their selection within 3 to 4 weeks of the closing date. If you didn’t receive any email or phone call by then, consider your application to be unsuccessful.

GCRA Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

To be selected for the bursary award, you must fulfill the eligibility criteria. Since there are a limited number of bursaries on offer, GCRA cannot award them to everyone who’s applying. The criteria are in place to select the appropriate candidates. Applicants that do not meet all of the requirements will not be considered. Therefore, always cross-check before applying.

The eligibility requirements for the Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) Bursary are:

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Must reside within the Gauteng province
  • Must be between the age of 18 to 35 at the time of applying
  • Must have completed Matriculation
  • Students on an undergraduate programme must be either studying or have registered themselves to study at a PSET (Post School Education and Training) that’s registered and accredited institution
  • Postgrad students must be either studying or have registered themselves to study at a tertiary institution of higher learning towards a postgraduate qualification
  • Must have a strong academic record

Not everyone fulfilling the above criteria will be selected. The applicants who meet the following criteria will get preference over others and will automatically be selected:

  • Top achiever at their school in Gauteng
  • Belong to the top three learners if studying at a no-fee paying schools in Gauteng
  • Belong to the top three learners if studying at an LSEN (Learners with Special Education Needs) government schools in Gauteng

How to Apply and Application Details

To apply for the Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) Bursary, you must complete the application process. It is a simple, online process. While it’s simple, you need to be diligent and attentive while completing the steps. Incomplete or erroneous submissions are rejected without further consideration.

GCRA bursary online application form is available for the applicants at https://gcrabursary.gauteng.gov.za/

If you already have an account, you can access the GCRA Login here: https://gcrabursary.gauteng.gov.za/Account/Login

Download the GCRA Bursary Application Guide for more detailed information about the application process.

You will be required to Register an account with your details before you can Login and apply for the bursary online.

Along with that, you’d have to input Matric’s final results and other academic details. You’d have to select which type of bursary you’re applying for in the bursary application portal. The options are:

  • New Intake – if you applying to GCRA for the first time
  • Renewal – if you were funded by GCRA in the previous year.
  • Reinstatement – if your bursary was suspended and you have met the conditions to have it reinstated
  • Top Achievers – If you are a top Achiever in Gauteng Province
  • Top 3 Achiever in a no fee paying school
  • Top 3 in LSEN: Learners with special educational needs schools
  • MEC/HOD Discretion – If the MEC/HOD has told you to apply for a bursary
  • Veteran Discretion – If you are a child of a Military Veteran
  • Financial Assistance – If you have finance, but require assistance
  • Top Ups – if you have an existing bursary and need additional funds to Top Up

Prepare the following document to accompany your application:

  • Certified copy of Matric Certificate (not more than three months) and results if doing a semester course.
  • Certified copy of Identity Document (not more than three months)
  • Proof of registration or acceptance letter from PSET Institution
  • Proof of residence required (either a Water and Electricity bill, stamped ward councilors letter, or in the case of rural areas, a recognized letter from traditional authority to show proof of address)
  • Letter of Motivation (The motivation letter should indicate why they require and deserve financial assistance)
  • Disability / Medical Report if applicable
  • Proof of income from parents if employed (both parent’s salary advice). Affidavits will be required for the following:
    • If single parented
    • Unemployed parents
    • Guardian – an affidavit and proof of guardianship
    • Orphans – include death certificates
    • Applicants whose surnames are different from parents and/or guardians

Closing Date Of The GCRA Bursary

29 February 2024.

Contact Details Of The Bursar

For any queries related to this GCRA bursary programme, please get in touch with the Gauteng City Region Academy directly:

Email Address: gdeinfo@gauteng.gov.za
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GCRAcademy
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gcracademy

To learn more about the Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) Read these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as well.

If the bursary has already been closed, please do not make any queries. View our other bursaries open for application here: https://allbursaries.co.za/notice/

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  1. Surprise Brian Zwane says:

    i would love to be part of that life changing opportunity

    1. Great, Apply now. GCRA bursary application is currently open for the 2021 study year.

  2. Lerato Matlanyane says:

    Good day, I was awarded with a bursary in August and submitted the the contract however the payment has not been made yet. As a result I have outstanding fees for 2020. This is really stressing me out because I am supposed to complete my degree this year (2021). Please, I humbly ask you to settle my fees because I depend on this bursary for my education development and for the completion of my degree

    1. For any queries related to this GCRA bursary programme, please contact the Gauteng City Region Academy directly at 0800 000 789 / 011 355 0000
      Email: gdeinfo@gauteng.gov.za

  3. fortunate says:


    1. Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) 2021 bursary applications is open now for the 2021 study year. You can apply now online by following the above-mentioned application method.

  4. fortunate says:

    i saw a notice that says for 2021 gcra will open applications in November, its almost month end
    i wanted to ask which day in november

    1. This year GCRA postponed the date to March 2021. The 2021 bursary is open now for application. You can now apply online by following the above-mentioned application method.

  5. Geraldine Mokhudu says:

    I am trying to apply for a bursary as you said will open again in November ,yet November is almost over I can’t find anything

    1. This year GCRA postponed the date to March 2021. The 2021 bursary is open now for application. You can now apply online by following the above-mentioned application method.

  6. Nthabeleng says:

    Hi I would like to apply for the year 2021 but when I try to register for the online logins it says registering is closed.. When exactly will the new application for the year 2021 be open? Can I please get a response I’ve tried calling and sending emails but I’m not getting any response from your Team

    1. This year GCRA postponed the date to March 2021. The 2021 bursary is open now for application. You can now apply online by following the above-mentioned application method.

  7. Siphosethu says:

    I got the bursary, it’s November now and my fees nor accommodation have been paid. There’s no communication from the bursary and the year is almost over, please advice. I’m really struggling at the moment yet ‘i have a bursary’


      same here I don’t know what to do hey….. I’m so stressed they are quite

    2. I too have been waiting for communication from the bursary since signing the contract. My results are blocked and my application for on-campus residence has been rejected because of outstanding debt. I don’t know where to seek help as the academic year has closed already with the finance department on the 15th of December.

      1. I was experiencing the same problem. I would advise you to call the Gauteng department of education and get the number of the person who is responsible for your institution as they can give you more information on what the delay is.

        All the best

        1. Did you at least get help ?


      I ended up cancelling the bursary as I could not apply for other means of sponsorship as GCRA was written on my name at the Financial Office.

  8. Branden Matsila says:

    Good Day

    I have applied for a bursary under Bursary ID 5227, and submitted all the documents, including certified matric results and affidavit that i have a single guardian, however the portal still says the information is incomplete. Please help.

  9. Dimpho Kekana says:

    Hello. I need clarity about something. I had the GCRA bursay when l was doing my irst year at UJ in 2017 and l passed that year decided to go to UP and change my course. I then consulted with the administrator at GCRA about my decision and she said its fine bt they will cover my first year at UP when l am doung my secind yearthey will continue funding me from there onwards. It happened that in 2018 l didnt manage to make it to UP so l took a gap year and in 2019 l did my first year at UP and passed and this year 2020 l am doing my second year. Is thete any possibility that the bursary would fund me at this point?

  10. Kel-C Leigh Stainbank says:

    Good day
    I was requested to provide additional supporting documents on the GCRA Digital Portal but am unable to do so as I am only able to view the documents already added and am unable to add anything new. My application reference number is #1557. Please can you assist?

  11. It is with great shame to hear that GCRA are crooks and using young people to suffer through this program called COVID-19 YOUTH BRIGADES, how can you pay South Africans R3000 a month after risking their lives screening learners, sanitation, data capturing, monitoring social distancing and other related compliance of staff members, learners, visitors and contractors to the site at which you will be deployed at all the time?
    If this is what you doing? You should be ashamed of yourself and will take you to social media and don’t forget EFF IS COMING

  12. T S Shaku says:

    My child is a top achiever in school fees paying government school. They say she not qualifying.

  13. I am top 2 2017fron our school. I came to your offices in Jo’burg, two weeks back. I was told that I will receive a call, still, no response.

  14. I was using GCRA last year but I failed my first year… will they still pay for me this year? Is my contract then terminated?

    1. Good day, kindly contact your bursary administrator.

    2. They will probably suspend it for a year until you pass that academic year.

  15. ATALIA SAMBO says:

    I am in Cape Town therefore visiting GCRA offices at 55 fox street is not as easy since I am at University of Cape Town.

  16. Atalia Sambo says:

    I am one of the top 3 and I did submit all the required documents in January but even now there is no responce

    1. At this point I think you need to visit GCRA offices at 55 fox street, Johannesburg, to get information about your application.

    2. go to their offices, 17 diagonal street next to old JSE.. iv used this bursary for 3 years.. even now I’m going to apply again to their offices

    3. Sivenathi says:

      Goodday..i matriculated 2018 and was in the top three but now i can’t go to their offices because iam in Cape Town..how can i apply…what can i do to ensure that i get the bursary?

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