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Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa/ FPE Bursaries


The history of the South African Pharmaceutical Association (PSSA) dates back to 1885, when a team of 7 pharmacists met in King Williamstown.
Since the meeting, branches were formed across the country and various pharmaceutical societies were developed. However, it wasn’t until the year 1946 that the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PPSA) was formed, as the result of the amalgamation of all the societies.

Today, the PSSA’s vision and mission is to be the countries leader of the pharmacy profession, as well as to provide support for the pharmacy profession by way of improving the use of medication and greater patient care.

The Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (FPE) award bursaries to Undergraduate and Postgraduate pharmacy students each year. The bursary is administered by the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA).

The Undergraduate bursary will be awarded to BPharm pharmacy students are in their 2nd or subsequent year of study. The bursary is awarded for 1 academic year at a time – a new application must be submitted each year for a bursary renewal.

The Postgraduate bursary is for Masters and Doctoral students pursuing their studies within pharmacy related subjects.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):
Undergraduate bursary:

  • South African citizen
  • Completed Matric
  • Studying towards a BPharm qualification (from 2nd year of study onwards)
  • Studying at a recognised tertiary institute in South Africa
  • Passed all previous subjects/ modules during mid-year exams
  • Achieved a minimum overall average of 60% during mid-year exams
  • Proven financial need (family income of less than R130 000 per annum before tax)

Postgraduate bursary:
Coming soon.

Download and complete the FPE Bursary application form in either of the following formats:
Undergraduate bursary:
FPE Undergraduate Bursary Application Form (.pdf)
FPE Undergraduate Bursary Application Form (.doc)

Postgraduate bursary:
Coming soon.
Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate (certified copy)
  • Full tertiary academic record/ transcript (certified copy)
  • Proof of family income (for further information, see page 2 of the application form)
  • Financial Declaration (page 4 and 5 of the application form)
  • Proof of any other dependants of the supporter
  • Proof of any other financial assistance (loans/ bursaries etc)


Applications must be submitted in one of the following ways:
1) Post:
Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (FPE)
PO Box 75769
Lynnwood Ridge

2) Hand delivery/ courier:
Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (FPE)
435 Flinders Lane

(Please do NOT fax or email your application)

Undergraduate bursary: 21 October 2022 (2023 TBA)

( Please contact to enquire about updated date)
Postgraduate (Masters/ Doctoral) bursary: 9 June 2022(2023 TBA).
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)
Applications to open 1 March 2022(2023)


For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa directly:
Contact Person: Ms Nitsa Manolis (FPE Administrator)
Tel 012 470 9562