The Thermo Fisher Scientific Phambili Trust Bursary is now inviting applications from STEM students for the 2024 academic year, presenting a golden opportunity for aspiring scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians in South Africa.

This initiative is more than just a financial aid program; it is a pivotal step towards bridging the educational divide in a country where access to quality education can be a barrier to success for many. Aimed at empowering students from underprivileged backgrounds, the bursary seeks to cultivate a diverse pool of talent equipped to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Phambili Trust Bursary Overview

Eligibility and Selection criteria:

To be eligible for consideration for the bursary, applicants must be:

  • Black people as defined in the B-BBEE codes of good practice.
  • From an economically disadvantaged background and demonstrate financial need.
  • Pursuing further studies or obtaining skills in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields at a South African tertiary institution.
  • Below the age of 35

Application Procedure:

  • Complete online application form
  • Hardcopy applications: Completed hardcopy applications should be scanned and sent via email to or posted to the Thermo Fischer Scientific Phambili Trust at 200 Smit Street Fairland, Johannesburg, 2195 South Africa.
  • Applications sent by post must reach the Trust by the closing date.
  • The submission of incomplete and/or late scholarship applications will not be accepted.

Supporting Documents

The following supporting documents must be attached or uploaded along with the completion of the application form:

  • Certified copy of identity document
  • Copy of full academic record (including the latest available results) (if you are already studying at a university)
  • Copy of final matric/national Senior Certificate results (if you have completed grade 12 and are entering your first year at a university)
  • Proof of acceptance or registration by the tertiary institution
  • Tuition fee statement
  • Accommodation invoice/quotation (where applicable)
  • Motivation letter as to why you should be awarded the bursary
  • Certified copy of your parent/s or guardian(s) ID
  • Parent/s or legal guardian/s proof of income or unemployment (affidavit stating unemployment)
  • Certified copy of SASSA letter if any of your family members are receiving a social grant and are contributing to your household income
  • Proof of income or unemployment (affidavit stating unemployment)
  • Certified copy of a SASSA letter where the applicant is receiving a social grant (where applicable)

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In conclusion, the Thermo Fisher Scientific Phambili Trust Bursary is a shining example of corporate social responsibility in action. By investing in education and empowering deserving students, the program is creating a more equitable and prosperous society. Through impactful partnerships, a commitment to STEM education, and testimonials from grateful bursary recipients, the evidence speaks volumes about the positive impact of this initiative.