2023 Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) Bursaries

2023 Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) Bursaries

The Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) is inviting students residing in Gauteng to apply for Bursaries Programme 2023 academic year.

The Bursary Application closing date is 31 March 2023.

The bursary will provide cover for the following expenses:

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • A living allowance for off-campus/ private accommodation
  • Accommodation in residence (to a maximum value of R65 000) or off-campus/ private accommodation (to a maximum value of R47 000)
  • Books
  • Laptop.


Shortlisted candidates will be contacted within 3 to 4 weeks after the application closing date – if you do not receive any feedback 4 weeks after the closing date, please regard your application as unsuccessful.

Please note:

Students who meet either of the following 3 criteria will automatically qualify for the bursary (but they must still submit an application):

  • Top achievers at a Gauteng-based school
  • Top 3 learners from no-fee paying Gauteng-based school
  • Top 3 learners from Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) Gauteng-based school
  • Top 3 in LSEN (learners with special educational needs) Schools
  • MEC/HOD Discretion means the MEC/HOD advised you to apply for a bursary
  • Veteran Discretion means you are a child of a Military Veteran
  • Financial Assistance means you have finance, but require assistance
  • Top Ups means you have an existing bursary, but need additional funding

    How to apply for GCRA Bursary

    Applications must be submitted online at GCRA Bursary Application 2023

    Applicants will be required to Register an account before they can Login and apply.


    Ensure that your documents are labeled correctly (for example: “ID copy” for the copy of your Identity Document), saved in pdf format, and NOT bigger than 2MB each.

    • If you are having trouble accessing the GCRA portal, please check your internet connection or try another browser (Chrome, Safari, or Internet Explorer).
    • Be sure to take note of your login details (after you receive an SMS to confirm your registration on the GCRA system).
    • Applicants may start their application, save and continue it at a later stage, but please note that you must “submit” your application before the closing date.
    • If you were previously funded by GCRA for your undergraduate studies, and you are now applying for funding for your postgraduate studies, you will need to reapply as it is a new qualification (your details may be on the system still and you will need to update them).
    • Candidates who already hold another bursary may apply, if they need top-up funding – please indicate this on your application.
    • If your application was declined and you would like to appeal, you may do so by emailing gdeinfo@gauteng.gov.za
    • GCRA bursary funds are paid directly to the institution where successful candidates are studying, however, certain funds (laptop and book allowance) may be paid directly to students. Living allowances will also be paid directly to students.
    • Candidates who require assistive devices for their studies may email gdeinfo@gauteng.gov.za for further details.

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