Bursary Opportunity for Unemployed & Disabled South Africans

Bursary Opportunity for Unemployed & Disabled South Africans. Are you a South African citizen who has become permanently disabled due to occupational injuries or diseases, and are you seeking to develop your skills to return to employment or become self-employed? Or, are you a dependent of a COID pensioner/COID person with disabilities/dependent of a COID pensioner, or a dependent of a fatally injured worker, looking to continue your studies at a Public Post School Education and Training Institution? If so, the Compensation Fund is offering a bursary opportunity for you.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this bursary program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an unemployed South African citizen
  • Have a permanent disability due to occupational injuries/diseases, or be a dependent of a COID person with disabilities or a fatally injured worker
  • Have a fully completed application form
  • Provide proof of residence, claim number, and certified copies of your identity document, parent(s) or guardian’s identity document/death certificate (COID persons with disabilities)
  • Provide grade 12 June results/highest school grade or qualification, proof of acceptance from a public Post School Education and Training (PSET), and proof of unemployment letter from the Department of Employment and Labour or an Affidavit
  • Provide certification and verification of physical disability by a Health Care Professional or Disability Support Office/WCL forms (Final medical report)
  • May be subjected to a psychometric assessment


Bursary Opportunity for Unemployed & Disabled South Africans

Successful applicants may be eligible for a renewable award that covers tuition fees, prescribed learning materials, a monthly stipend, and accommodation at an accredited institution, depending on the availability of funds and their academic performance, for the duration of their chosen study programme.

Application Process

To apply for this bursary opportunity, visit www.labour.gov.za to download and complete the application form, which will include a full list of the study fields funded. Unemployed persons who have acquired permanent disablement due to occupational injuries/diseases are not restricted to the qualifications, and the form can also be obtained from the nearest Provincial Labour Centre.


The bursary is open throughout the 2022/2023 financial year; however, applicants are encouraged to send their 2023 Academic Year applications on/before the 31 March 2023.

Contact Information

For additional information, help, or guidance, please reach out to Mr. Fani at 012 319 9264/012 319 5774 or via email at cfexternalbursaries@labour.gov.za. You can also WhatsApp him at 082 937 2062. In addition, if you are a COID Person with a Disability (Injured Worker) and are facing difficulty accessing training institutions due to educational or other barriers, please contact one of our offices for advice, further assistance, or organized Vocational Training.

Target Audience

This bursary opportunity targets:

  • COID Pensioners/Unemployed Persons who have acquired permanent disablement due to occupational injuries/diseases (Working age)
  • Dependants of COID pensioner/dependants
  • COID beneficiaries with a permanent disability not (yet) classified as COID Pensioners (17 – 25 years)

Supported Learning Programs/Qualifications

The funded qualifications include programs that will enable an unemployed COID pensioner/PWD to be (re)integrated into the workplace or be self-employed. See page 5 of the application form for a full list of funded qualifications.

Application Submission

Submit your application via:

Post Office/Courier: The Sub-Directorate: Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Employment and Labour, Compensation Fund, Private Bag x955, Pretoria, 0001

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