Prospective Students

This year (2020) we are supporting 181 students studying 14 different health science disciplines - 96 of the 181 students are studying medicine! Unfortunately due to reduced fundraising income for this year, we have not been able to select any new students for 2020.

To be eligible for UYDF top-up support all students must have applied and received a National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) bursary.

Student Selection Criteria

For youth to be eligible for consideration for a scholarship, they must:

  • Be from the Umkhanyakude, Zululand, or King Cetshwayo districts in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, or live close to Christ the King Hospital (Ixopo) or St Patricks hospital (Bizana) or Zithulele hospital (Hole in the Wall) in the Eastern Cape
  • Have completed at least one week's worth of volunteer work at their local hospital
  • Have been accepted to study an approved health science degree
  • Have obtained approval for NSFAS financial support (UYDF will top-up the NSFAS support as well as provide mentoring support)
  • Be willing on graduation to work in the public sector in a rural or under-served area
  • Be interviewed and accepted by a local selection committee

Once students have been accepted into the scholarship programme they receive a comprehensive bursary in conjunction with NSFAS that includes tuition, books, accommodation and food, as well as social- and academic mentoring. Our mentoring support has enabled hundreds of rural students to successfully navigate higher education and graduate. Here are website details of 21 academic institutions.  

Health Science Disciplines

Click on the career for job descriptions, salary statistics, education and training information and job opportunities:

Dentistry

The job requires the treatment of ailments and diseases of the mouth and teeth to prevent their occurrence or recurrence.
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Environmental Health

The theory and practice of assessing, correcting, controlling and preventing those factors in the environment that can adversely affect the health of present and future generations.
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Nursing

The activities of a nurse include curative, preventative and rehabilitative healthcare for individuals, families and communities.
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Occupational Therapy

Assists the physically disabled, mentally disturbed, and children with developmental or learning disabilities to function independently in everyday life.
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Optometry

Optometrists are primary healthcare specialists trained to examine the eyes for defects in sight, ocular diseases or abnormal conditions.
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Oral Hygiene

The practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean to prevent dental problems and bad breath.
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Pharmacy

Pharmacists manufacture, prepare and supply suitable and safe medical products for the prevention/ alleviation or cure of illness in human beings.
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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists test and measure the function of the musculoskeletal, pulmonary, neurological and cardiovascular systems of patients.
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Radiography

Radiographers take X-rays and apply radioactive substances to specific parts of the patients’ bodies for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
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Social Work

Social workers work with individuals, families, groups and communities to facilitate health and well-being.
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