SSC-DF Namibia Bursary Scheme 2024

SSC-DF Namibia Bursary Scheme 2024

The SSC-DF provides bursaries to academically deserving Namibians from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are unemployed, to study fulltime in the SADC region.


  • The SSC-DF considers students with interests in pursuing undergraduate qualifications at any recognized and reputable institutions of higher education.
  • Namibian citizens or permanent residents with Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate Advanced Subsidiary (NSSCAS) or equivalent qualifications in line with the National Curriculum for Basic Education.
  • SSC-DF considers students with an average aggregate of 70% in June /August exams or at least 27 points in the final Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate Advanced Subsidiary (NSSCAS) level (Grade 11 & 12) in five (5) subjects including English
  • Students from marginalized groups (ie. San, Ovatue & Ovatjimba) must at least have a minimum of 25 points in grade 11 or 12 (Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate Advanced Subsidiary (NSSCAS) level in five (5) subjects including English
  • Tertiary students must have an aggregate of at least 65% in their most recent semester examinations.
  • Tertiary students must submit their full academic record with the institution of higher learning stamp.
  • Funding under the Bursary Scheme does not apply to part time or distance studies
  • Consideration is given exclusively to applicants (children) whose parents combined annual income does not exceed NS200,000. Other socio-economic circumstances may also be considered, such as orphans, applicants (children) of unemployed parents, or applicants (children) of pensionens, among others. Failure to provide evidence of combined parental income will result in automatic disqualification.
  • Failure to submit proof of parents combined income leads to automatic disqualification
  • The SSC-DF consider students without prior qualifications and aspire to attain their first diploma or those without a degree aiming for their first bachelor’s degree. If you already possess a degree qualification, PLEASE do not apply.

Fields of study:

  • Social Work
  • Agriculture.
  • Engineering
  • Actuarial Studies
  • TVET qualifications from Level 1 onwards including manufacturing and qualifications leading to Vocational Instructors Course.

Applicants who intend to study or are currently pursuing allied health professions are strongly encouraged to apply and will be given priority. Example of allied health professions include qualifications such as occupational therapy, prosthetic practice, speech therapy, physiotherapy, biogenetics audiology, orthopedic technology, medical rehabilitation, clinical psychology, dietetics, biomedical engineering, clinical technology, human nutrition, and health wellness.

NB: Funding will not be provided for the Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery and Bachelor of Clinical Nursing programs.

Documents which must accompany an application:

  • A fully and clearly filled out Form 09 (application form), signed under oath, obtainable from the addresses listed at the end.
  • Evidence of application, admission, or registration issued by the higher education institution. (This is not a disqualifying factor)
  • Orphans or pensioners receiving a monthly allowance from institutions such as GIPF, Sanlam, etc, must submit evidence
  • Proof of Namibian citizenship or permanent residence, preferably an Identification Document (ID), Permanent Residence Permit (PRP) and a full birth certificate. (Failure to submit these documents results in disqualification)
  • Biological or legal (in the case of a legally adopted applicant) parents’ certified identification document (ID) must be submitted.
  • For students with disabilities, proof from a medical doctor must be included A September/October 2023 police declaration confirming the unemployed status of parents or guardians.
  • Self-employed parents must submit a twelve (12) months stamped bank statements
  • Employed parents must submit proof of income (eg. recent pay slips September 2023 or October 2023) (Failure to submit proof of parents’ combined income leads to automatic disqualification).
  • Motivation letters must be written in English. An English motivation letter from a community leader (such as a church leader.

How to Apply

Application form and guidelines can be collected from any Social Security Offices countrywide.

Application forms can be submitted at any Social Security Offices countrywide or can be sent via Post Office

Sealed envelopes must be clearly marked “SSC-DF Bursaries

No applications submitted via email will be accepted. Please, consider your application unsuccessful if no feedback has been received within three (3) months.

No rejection letters will be sent to applicants. In addition, no appeals will be considered.

Closing date: 24 November 2023 at 16h30.