Canon Collins Thekgo Debt Relief Scholarship 2022/2023
2022 Canon Collins Thekgo Debt Relief Scholarship: Canon Collins Calls for Applications from Africans Studying in South Africa for its 2022 Thekgo Debt Relief Scholarship, Deadline is: 31st March, 2022. See Eligibility, Requirements and Application Guidelines and Procedure.

In 2019, in response to the new funding of Higher Education by the South African government, the Canon Collins Thekgo Bursary has been restructured from providing registration fee for first year students to providing bursaries that alleviate undergraduate students’ debt. Students who have completed their undergraduate/Honours studies, but their degree certificates/academic records have been withheld due to outstanding debt owed to the university, can apply for debt relief of up to R20,000 in the following disciplines:

  • Languages and Literature
  • Media Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Education
  • Arts (Digital Arts, Drama/Performance Studies, Visual Arts/Fine Arts, History of Art, Film and Television Studies, Music)

In 2022 these bursaries will be awarded to completed undergraduate students who have already missed at least one graduation and/or were not able to receive the degree  certificate due to outstanding debt of up to R20,000 with any public university in South Africa.


You must:
  • Be a national of, or have refugee status in any African country;
  • Have completed undergraduate studies (three year or four year Bachelor or Honours degree) in a degree programme within Thekgo’s focus disciplines in the Humanities, listed above, at any public university in South Africa;
  • Have missed one graduation already and/or was not able to receive the degree due to outstanding debt not exceeding R20,000 owed to the university;
  • Demonstrate academic merit;
  • Demonstrate financial need.

Selection Criteria.

Eligible candidates are selected for debt relief on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Completed application including all required documents
  • Their academic merit and career promise
  • Adequate demonstration of financial need.

How to Apply

This bursary is now open for applications. Download the application form, save a copy on your computer, and fill it in. You must return the form to the Canon Collins office by email to [email protected] along with your supporting documents. Please read  the guidelines for applying for more information on eligibility and selection criteria before applying.


The deadline for applications was 31st March 2022 at 3pm GMT. Late applications will not be considered.