Compensation Fund Bursary 2023

Great news for postgraduate students looking to get into various fields of study!

The Compensation Fund, of the department of labour is providing the opportunity for anyone interested to apply for their bursary program.

The organization aims to enrich South Africa’s youth by providing as much education as possible to change the dynamic of the country through educated youth that can contribute more to the country.

Any student with a passion for conservation is encouraged to apply and grow a successful career in this field.

Below is a fully detailed guide on exactly what this Bursary is, how it works, and what it needs from applicants.

Closing Date

This bursary will close on 31 March 2023. Please make sure to submit your application along with the requested support documents before this date.

If you don’t, you will not be considered for selection and the bursary provider will reject your application.

What Is This Bursary Program?

The Compensation Fund, which is part of South Africa’s Department of Labour, compensates workers who are wounded, ill, or crippled while doing their job tasks, as well as those who die as a result of injuries or diseases incurred while working.

The Compensation Fund compensates permanent workers, casual workers, apprentices, and trainees who lose income as a result of being wounded or contracting a disease while at work.

The Compensation Fund is seeking applicants for the Compensation Fund External Bursary Program for the 2023 academic year.

Who Can Apply

Bursaries will be distributed to two groups of people:

COID Pensioners or Unemployed People who are permanently incapacitated as a result of an occupational injury or sickness are classified as Group 1.

Unemployed COID Pensioners and Unemployed COID clients who are chronically incapacitated as a consequence of an occupational injury or sickness can pursue ANY qualification that will improve their prospects of reintegration into the labor market.

COID pensioners or COID clients who are chronically disabled but are not yet COID pensioners can pursue Vocational Training (including, but not limited to): Upholstery and Furniture Making, Welding, Other Vocational Training, Carpentry, Dressmaking, Electrical, Poultry Farming, Plumbing, Traditional and Hydroponic Vegetable Production and Agro-processing,

Dependents of COID pensioners or COID recipients who are chronically incapacitated but are not (yet) classed as COID pensioners.

This bursary covers the following priority qualifications for COID pensioners’ dependents:

  • Accounting Science/ BCom (Honours) in Accounting/ CTA
  • Actuarial Science and Financial Mathematics / Actuarial Science/ Mathematical Science/ Statistics/ Data Science
  • Aeronautical Engineering/ Aerospace Control/ Aviation
  • Agriculture
  • Analytical Chemistry/ Biochemistry / Biotechnology/ Microbiologist
  • Architectures/ Town Planning/ Construction Management/ Quantity Surveyor
  • BSc in Computer Science and Informatics/ Information Technology (Specialising with artificial intelligence/ machine learning/ data science & analytics/ data engineering/ Cyber security/ Cloud Computing/ Internet of Things (IoT)/ Quantum Computing/ robotics/ Software engineering/ Computer networks)
  • Design Graphic (Communication) Design/ Digital Marketing/ Brand Communication or Management/ Digital design/ Film and Production/ Animation
  • Economic Science/ Econometrics
  • Engineering (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Metallurgy, Aeronautical)
  • Food and Beverage technician/ Hospitality/ Food & Beverage/ Culinary
  • Health Professionals and related clinical science
  • Investment Management
  • Marine / Maritime Studies
  • Operations Management/ Industrial Engineering/ Production Management/ Supply Chain Management
  • Quality control and planning/ Quality Assurance and regulatory/ Environmental Health
  • Risk Management and Forensic Science
  • Risk Management/ Risk Management and Forensic Science
  • Teaching (Mathematics, Science, Information Communications Technology, and Early Childhood Development)
  • Apprenticeship full program (for capable candidates who exited the mainstream schooling system at Grade 9, have General Education Certificate (GEC) and have the potential to excel in this program) (applicants must submit pre-entry assessment outcomes)

What Does This Bursary Cover?

The bursary will cover the following expenses: tuition, specified study materials, housing, and a monthly stipend.

Bursaries are provided for one academic year at a time and are renewed each year (for the duration of the qualification) based on good academic achievement and funding availability.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified; if you have not heard back within two months after the closing date, please consider your application failed.

How To Apply

Applications are fairly simple. All you need to do is download and complete the following application form, which you can find here.

Before applying, applicants must meet the following minimum entrance criteria (please note that failure to meet all requirements may result in your application being rejected):

Group 1:

  • You must be a citizen of South Africa.
  • You must presently be jobless.
  • You must be of working age and suffer a permanent impairment as a result of occupational injuries or illnesses.
  • You must be studying or intend to study in one of the fields of study listed above (full-time if not disabled, part-time if disabled)
  • You must have been accepted or be on the verge of acceptance to a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College, Community Education and Training (CET), or Higher Education Institution (HEI)
  • You must aim to develop your abilities in order to return to work or become self-employed.

Group 2:

  • You must be a citizen of South Africa.
  • You must be between the ages of 17 and 25.
  • You must be a COID pensioner or a dependent of a COID person who is permanently incapacitated due to occupational accidents or illnesses.
  • You must be studying or enrolled in one of the disciplines of study listed above (full-time if not disabled, part-time if disabled)
  • You must have been accepted or be on the verge of acceptance to a public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institution or Higher Education Institution (HEI)

Applications must be submitted in one of the following ways:

– Email: CFexternalbursaries@labour.gov.za 

– Hand delivery:

Compensation Fund Head Building

167 Thabo Sehume & Madiba Street

Delta Heights Building

Pretoria

0002 

– Post/ Courier:

The Sub-Directorate: Vocational Rehabilitation

Department of Employment and Labour

Compensation Fund

Private Bag x 955

Pretoria

0001

Send clear copies of the following supporting material with your completed application form (submission of these papers is required; if any elements are missing, your application may be disqualified):

Group 1:

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • COID pension number or COID claim number
  • Latest academic transcript, if currently studying
  • Proof of acceptance or preliminary acceptance from an approved institute
  • Tuition fees quotation (on institutions letterhead)
  • Prescribed Learning Resources quotation, if available (on institutions letterhead)
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of disability, if applicable (verification by a Health Care Professional or Disability Support Office)

Group 2:

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Applicant’s unabridged birth certificate (certified copy)
  • Parents/guardians’ ID documents (certified copy)/ death certificates if deceased (certified copy)
  • COID pension number or COID claim number
  • Matric June results, if currently in Matric
  • Latest academic transcript, if currently studying
  • Proof of acceptance or preliminary acceptance from an approved institute
  • Tuition fees quotation (on institutions letterhead)
  • Prescribed Learning Resources quotation, if available (on institutions letterhead)
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of disability, if applicable (verification by a Health Care Professional or Disability Support Office)
  • Pre-entry assessment (if applying for the apprenticeship program)
  • Proof of income (latest payslip if employed: certified copy, affidavit if unemployed or an informal worker, proof of SASSA grant if applicable, proof pension if applicable, or other proof of income)

Contact Information

For any queries related to this bursary program, please contact the Compensation Fund directly:

Contact Peron: Mr. Fani

Tel: 012 319 9264 / 012 319 5774

WhatsApp: 082 937 2062

Email: cfexternalbursaries@labour.gov.za 

For COID Persons with Disabilities (Injured Workers) struggling to gain access to the training institutions due to the level of education and other barriers, contact the following officials for advice / further assistance / organized Vocational Training:

Mr Mashubuku – Tel: 012 319 9264 [LP, NW, MP, GP, NC]

Mr Chakalane – Tel: 012 319 9124 [FS, KZN, WC, EC, GP]

Good luck with your application!