South African Translators’ Institute (SATI): Bursaries 2021

The South African Translators’ Institute (SATI) invites students to apply for Bursary Programme 2021.

Bursary Application Closing Date: 31 March 2021

The South African Translators’ Institute (SATI), founded in 1956, is a professional association for all language practice professionals (including interpreters; translators; proofreaders; editors; copywriters; terminologists; text reviewers and others involved within the language practice industry) within South Africa.

SATI is aiming to establish a multilingual culture in South Africa and developing translation and interpreting in all 11 South African languages, which includes English; Afrikaans; IsiXhosa; IsiZulu; IsiNdebele; Xitsonga; Tshivenda; Sesotho; Setswana; Sepedi and SiSwati.

In 1993, SATI formed a Development Committee, with the goal of collect funds to award to deserving students pursuing their translation or interpreting studies.

The South African Translators’ Institute (SATI) will be awarding 1 bursary to the value of R10 000, to a student pursuing their 2nd/ 3rd/ 4th year of study in Translation, Interpreting Studies or Language Practice.

The bursary will be granted to a student who has a high chance of success in their studies and are likely to positively contribute to the profession once graduated. Financial need, academic results, previous SATI awards, professional engagement and languages combinations will also be considered when selecting a candidate.


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):

  • South African citizen
  • Able to work in combinations of the South African official languages
  • Studying towards an undergraduate qualification within the translation, interpreting, language field (second, third or fourth year of study)
  • Enrolled in a tertiary institution in South Africa
  • Achieved a minimum overall average of 65% for for all language practice subjects in the previous year of study
  • Proven financial need
  • Have access to additional funding to subsidise the remainder of the tuition fees for the year (proof will be required)
  • Do not hold any other current bursary awards/ funding to cover the expenses to be covered by the SATI award
  • Good academic record and a high chance of succeeding in your studies
  • Likely to make a positive contribution to the profession once graduated

How to apply

Download and complete the SATI Bursary Application form (.docx)

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)
  • Academic qualifications (if applicable) (certified copy)
  • Full tertiary academic record (certified copy)
  • Proof of registration at tertiary institution for the current year of study
  • Proof of registration at tertiary institution for 2021
  • Proof of access to funds to cover other expenses NOT covered by the SATI bursary
  • Details of other awards/ funding received or expect to receive
  • Affidavit confirming that you are not in possession of any other bursary awards/ funding that will cover the expenses that the SATI bursary would (only if successfully selected)

Applications must be submitted electronically via email to: [email protected]
(Insert the words “SATI Bursary Application – Your Full Name” in the email subject line).

(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)

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