South African National Society (SANS): Killie Campbell Bursaries 2025

South African National Society (SANS) invites South African students to submit applications for the Killie Campbell Bursary Programme for the academic year 2025.

Bursary application closing date: 31 July 2024

Bursaries will be awarded to students pursuing Postgraduate studies, in a History related topic (the area of research, or dissertation must be on a topic relating to South Africa, preferably KwaZulu-Natal history).

The bursary will be awarded to the value of R25 000, for the 2024/25 academic year.

The bursary award will be paid in two equal tranches, of R12 500 each. The first installment will be paid in September 2024, at the SA National Society monthly meeting. The second installment will be paid 6 months later, after the President of the Society receives a satisfactory written submission by the recipients supervisor.


Applicants may be required to attend an interview with the selection committee, before selection is made. The interview will be held in person or electronically (Skype or similar means).

Bursary recipients will be required to provide a brief outline of their topic, at one of the SA National Society’s monthly meetings. After completing their dissertation, recipients will be required to present a soft copy of it for publication on the SA National Society web site.

The SANS reserves the right to not award the bursary, should a suitable candidate not be found.


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • You must be studying towards a Postgraduate qualification, towards a History related topic
  • You must have a topic of research or dissertation relating to South African History (preferably KwaZulu Natal history)
  • You must be studying at a recognised and accredited University in South Africa

How to apply

Students who meet all the eligibility criteria may apply by submitting the following information (the submission of this information is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • Applicant’s details (full name, gender, email address and phone number or cellphone number)
  • Applicant’s academic and personal background and achievements thus far in their career
  • Intended topic and line of research for applicants dissertation or thesis
  • Study course (Honours, Masters or Doctorate)
  • Name of institution and faculty at which the student is registered. Proof of payment to the institution, is required
  • Supervisors details (name and contact number)

Note: there is no application form to be completed for this bursary application – students need only submit the list of above documents to apply.

Applications must be submitted to the Secretary of the South African National Society in one of the following ways:
Delivery: The Secretary, South African National Society, 31 St. Andrews Drive, Durban North, Durban 4051.

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