TFG Data Science and Leadership Fellowship extends a warm invitation to aspiring data scientists and leaders hailing from diverse backgrounds. This prestigious fellowship scholarship presents an unparalleled opportunity, providing full coverage for the initial two years of pursuing a Master’s Degree in Data Science, whether through research or coursework pathways, at five esteemed Tier One South African public universities.

TFG Data Science and Leadership Fellowship Overview:

  • The Data Science and Leadership Fellowship covers the costs for the first two years of pursuing a Master’s
  • Degree in Data Science at designated Tier One South African public universities.
  • Candidates can opt for either a research or coursework format for their Master’s Degree.
  • Selection criteria include exceptional academic performance, as well as demonstrated innovation, creativity, and leadership skills.
  • The opportunity is open to all South Africans, but preference will be given to candidates from underrepresented communities.

Areas of Study:

Research or coursework Master’s Degrees in Data Science or equivalent qualifications in related fields.

TFG Data Science and Leadership Fellowship Scholarship Includes:

  • Tuition fees
  • Living and meal allowances
  • Provision for necessary equipment
  • Attendance at a special event hosted at the TFG Head Office in Cape Town

TFG Data Science and Leadership Fellowship Selection Criteria:

  • Bursary selection is primarily based on academic potential, financial need, and chosen study programs.
  • Bursaries cater to various educational levels and institutions:
  • The majority are for full-time University students (both undergraduate and post-graduate) enrolled in critical and scarce skills programs.
  • A limited number are allocated for full-time University of Technology students, meeting specific academic criteria, pursuing careers in demand by the labor market.
  • A few bursaries are designated for full-time students at Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Agricultural Colleges.
  • Applicants must provide detailed information, including the exact study program name, educational institution, and the start and end dates of the program.

Required documents:

  • South African ID (certified copy)
  • Comprehensive academic record, including the most recent results (June 2024 examination results or progress report)
  • Official Matric/NSC results for Grade 12 graduates or final Grade 11 results and June 2024 report card for current Grade 12 students.
  • Proof of address (required for bursaries sponsored by renewable energy plants or trusts, applicable only to applicants residing within a 50 km radius of a solar or wind farm)
  • Proof of income: Verification of combined annual household income is crucial. Provide documentation for both parents (if applicable), including:
  • Salary or wage slips
  • Affidavit if unemployed or self-employed (including annual income details if self-employed)
  • Most recent audited financial statement or three months’ bank statements for business owners
  • SASSA letter indicating household grants (if applicable)
  • Death certificate(s) in case of deceased parent(s)
  • Court letter for child support amounts (if parents are divorced) or affidavit if separated
  • Clear head and shoulders picture.

Application process:

  • Please utilize StudyTrust’s designated online application platform for submission.
  • Access the application portal via the “Apply Here” button.

Tip: 5 Tips on How to Write an Outstanding Bursary Application Letter

Closing Date:

  • Application Season: May 1st to November 15th.
  • Prior to initiating your application, kindly review the instructions provided on our Bursary Applications page.

By following this structured approach, the TFG Data Science and Leadership Fellowship aims to foster a new generation of data scientists and leaders who will contribute significantly to the field and their communities.

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