Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa Bursaries 2022 – 2023

Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa Bursaries 2022 – 2023

ABOUT THE COMPANY – PSSA

The history of the South African Pharmaceutical Association (PSSA) dates back to 1885 when a team of 7 pharmacists met in King Williamstown.
Since the meeting, branches were formed across the country and various pharmaceutical societies were developed. However, it wasn’t until the year 1946 that the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PPSA) was formed, as the result of the amalgamation of all the societies.

Today, the PSSA’s vision and mission are to be the country’s leader in the pharmacy profession, as well as to provide support for the pharmacy profession by way of improving the use of medication and greater patient care.

ABOUT THE PSSA BURSARY PROGRAMMES – FIELDS COVERED

The Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa invites students to apply for bursary funding, for the 2023 academic year. Funding is made available through the Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (FPE), and is aimed at Pharmacy-related studies (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). The bursary is administered by the PSSA.
The Undergraduate bursary will be awarded to BPharm pharmacy students who are in their 2nd or subsequent year of study. The bursary is awarded for 1 academic year at a time – a new application must be submitted each year for a bursary renewal. Bursaries will be awarded based on the following: students’ financial circumstances; academic achievements and other financial assistance received.

The Postgraduate bursary is for master’s and Doctoral students pursuing their studies in Pharmacy related subjects. The bursary is awarded for 1 academic year at a time – a new application must be submitted each year for a bursary renewal. Candidates are selected based on 2 criteria: project viability and academic potential (which counts for 60%) and financial need (which counts for 40%).

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PSSA BURSARIES

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):
Undergraduate bursary:

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must have completed Matric
  • You must be studying full-time towards a BPharm qualification
  • You must be starting your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of study (1st-year students will not be funded)
  • You must be studying at a recognized tertiary institute in South Africa
  • You must be a PSSA student member (membership is free, email nitsa@pssa.org.za for more info)
  • You must have passed all your previous subjects/ modules
  • You must have achieved a minimum overall average of 60% at mid-year
  • You must have proven financial need (with a family income of less than R130 000 per annum before tax)
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Postgraduate bursary:

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must have completed Matric
  • You must have completed an undergraduate qualification
  • You must be studying full-time towards a postgraduate (master or Doctoral) Pharmacy qualification
  • You must be studying at a recognized tertiary institute in South Africa
  • You must be a PSSA student member (email nitsa@pssa.org.za for more information)

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE PSSA BURSARIES

UNDERGRADUATE BURSARY APPLICATION
Applications are currently closed and will reopen in June 2022.

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Full tertiary academic record/ transcript (certified copy)
  • Motivational letter from a pharmacy lecturer
  • Financial declaration (proof of parents/ guardians/ household income: certified copy of payslips if employed; balance sheet if self-employed; affidavit if unemployed or working within the informal sector; proof of pension if applicable) (signed by the applicant and person responsible for your financial support) (page 3 of the application form)

 

A completed application must be submitted in one of the following ways:
1) Post:
Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (FPE)
PO Box 75769
Lynnwood Ridge
0040

2) Delivery:
435 Flinders Lane
Lynnwood
0081

(Please note: faxed or emailed applications will NOT be accepted).
POSTGRADUATE BURSARY APPLICATION
Download and complete the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa Bursary Application Form (Postgraduate) (.doc)

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Full tertiary academic record/ transcript (certified copy)
  • Proof of income (certified copy)
  • A project summary, including your research project summary (maximum 800 words)
  • Itemized project budget
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Applications must be submitted in either of the following ways:
– Email to Ms Nitsa Manolis: nitsa@pssa.org.za
(Insert the words “PSSA Bursary Application: Postgraduate” in the email subject line).

– Fax: 0866 159 835

NOTES ABOUT THE PSSA BURSARIES

  • Certified copies of documents must be submitted – do NOT submit original documents.
  • The bursary will NOT cover any existing loans or outstanding student debts.
  • Applicants will receive an email confirmation once their application has been received.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted – if you do not receive any feedback, please accept that your application was not successful.
  • The final decision will be made by the Committee – no correspondence will be entered into regarding the decision.
  • Postgraduate candidates must read the Guidelines for the award of the SAAHIP post-graduate bursary (.pdf) before applying.

 

CLOSING DATES FOR THE PSSA BURSARIES

Undergraduate bursary: applications are currently closed.
Postgraduate (Masters/ Doctoral) bursary: 2 May 2022.
(Applications submitted after these dates will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)

CONTACT THE BURSARY PROVIDER

For any queries related to this bursary program, please contact the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa directly:
Contact Person: Ms. Nitsa Manolis (FPE Administrator)
Tel 012 470 9562
Email: nitsa@pssa.org.za

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