Canon Collins Thekgo Bursary 2023

About Canon Collins

Canon Collins Trust was founded in 1981 and since then became a community of researches and activists to create change and social impact. The trust was established by Canon John Collins, who was best known for social movements such as Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Christian Action and the British Anti Apartheid Movement, through his British Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa. Canon Collins Trust focuses on education and human rights to empower individuals in southern African society.

Canon Collins Thekgo Bursary

Canon Collins Thekgo Bursaries

The Canon Collins Thekgo Fund was established by a group of professionals with the objective of promoting access to higher education. The bursary scheme pays for the initial registration fee for successful applicants to allow them to enroll at tertiary institutions. The programme also helps students access alternative funding support.

The bursary aims to support students who are unable to access their academic records or degree certificates due to unpaid debts owed to the university, after completing their undergraduate or honors studies. This initiative was established to address the distressing situation in South Africa, where students miss out on employment or further education opportunities due to their academic records being withheld because of outstanding debts.

The value of the bursary offered is R10,000 for eligible applicants who have completed undergraduate / Hons studies at institutions in Limpopo, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape provinces in the following fields of study:

  • Media Studies
  • Languages and Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • Arts (Drama or Performance Studies, Digital Arts, Visual Arts or Fine Arts, Film and Television Studies, History of Art, Music, and so on)
  • Education

For more information about the Thekgo bursary, checkout the bursary guidelines.


Canon Collins Thekgo Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

To qualify for the bursary, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Must be a national of any country in Africa or have refugee status
  • Must have completed their undergraduate studies (3 or 4-year Honours or Bachelor degree) in a public University in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West Provinces, in the above disciplines are eligible.
  • No MA or PhD programmes will be considered.
  • Must have missed 1 graduation or didn’t receive their degree due to outstanding debt.
  • Outstanding debt not exceeding R10,000. (An up-to-date fee statement must accompany the application).
  • Must show academic merit.
  • Must show financial need.
  • The bursary does not cover NSFAS or other scholarship debts.


How to Apply and Application Details

Download and complete the Canon Collins Thekgo Bursary Application Form. (pdf)

Accompany the following supporting documents with your application form:

    • Certified copy of ID/passport
    • Recent university fees statement confirming outstanding debt not exceeding R10000.
    • Proof of missed graduation or withheld degree certificate (provide a letter from the fees office or your Head of Department confirming this)
    • Reference letter from an academic in your department confirming strong academic record
      and completion of all courses for the degree
    • A comprehensive CV and any additional documents demonstrating a commitment to your discipline
    • Proof of financial need (3-month bank statements, affidavit, or statement of oath confirming economic difficulty. This can be done at a police station)

Applications must be submitted electronically via email to
(Insert the words “Thekgo Bursary Application – Your Full Name” in the email subject line).


  • Incomplete applications or applications with missing documents will not be considered.
  • Please do not email to ask about the outcome of your application. Successful applicants will
    be notified by May/June 2023
  • Successful applicants will be asked to submit a short biography and profile photo which will be presented in Canon Collins Thekgo Bursary reports.
  • Applicants may not receive the bursary more than once
  • Awards are made on a case-by-case basis, subject to availability of funds.
  • Awards are paid directly to the University, not to the student.
  • Successful applicants must email a copy of their degree certificate to within a month after their debt is paid by Thekgo Bursary.


Closing Date

26 April 2023.

Late applications will not be considered.


Contact Details

If you would like more information about the bursary or to check the status of your application, contact Canon Collins directly.


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