South African Translators’ Institute Bursary 2022

The South African Translators’ Institute, or SATI, is calling on suitably qualified individuals to submit their application to qualify for its upcoming Bursary Programme for the 2022 Academic Year.

Established in 1956, the SATI is the largest guild of South African translators and is composed of academic, professional and amateur translators as well as other language practitioners with the goal of advancing the interests of the translation profession in the country. With South Africa’s 11 official languages, SATI is currently working at establishing a culture of multilingualism and the advancement of the tradition of translation and interpretation in the South African languages.

About South African Translators’ Institute

South African Translators’ Institute or SATI is a representative body of professional translators in South Africa. Established in 1956, its primary objective is to promote the interest of translators in the country.

Translators play an essential role in the South African economy and governance since there are 11 official languages.

Besides representing translators at the government level, SATI is also working towards establishing a multilingual culture in the country. Achieving that goal would require a collaborative effort of a high number of well-trained translators. The South African Translators’ Institute has several initiatives in place for that purpose.

South African Translators’ Institute Bursary

SATI established a Development Committee to collect and distribute funds among deserving students pursuing education in translation. The South African Translators’ Institute Bursary is intended to encourage more students to take up translation and interpretation as a profession.

For the academic session 2022, SATI will be awarding bursaries to undergraduate students pursuing a translation, interpretation, or any language practice qualification.

Also, for this year, there is only one bursary available that will be awarded to an undergraduate in his/her second, third, or fourth year of study. The bursary value is set at R 10,000 and will cover expenses like tuition fees, registration fees, and textbooks.

The amount will be paid in two installments. The first installment, about 50% of the total amount, will be paid at the beginning of the academic year. And the next installment will be delivered in the second semester subject to satisfactory academic performance. SATI may not grant the second installment if it isn’t up to the mark ( minimum of 65% in all subjects).

Who should apply?

There are specific eligibility criteria for the bursary programme laid out by SATI. Since there is only one bursary on offer, it has to select the most deserving candidate. SATI rejects those that do not fulfill all of the requirements. Therefore, always cross-check before applying.

The eligibility requirements for the South African Translators’ Institute Bursary 2022 are:

  • A South African citizen
  • Pursuing an undergraduate qualification in translation, interpretation, or something related to language practice
  • Enrolled in an accredited and recognised tertiary institution
  • Currently in the second, third, or fourth year of the study programme (students entering the first year in 2022-23 session will not be considered)
  • Scored at least 65% in all the subjects related to language practice in the academic year 2021-22
  • Not failed in any subject registered for the academic year
  • Practising in a combination of the official languages of South Africa
  • Proven need of financial assistance
  • Not receiving funds from other grants or bursary programmes that cover the same costs as SATI
  • Have the ability to pay for the rest of the expenses not covered by the SATI bursary programme

Fulfilling all of the requirements doesn’t guarantee funding. Since there is only one bursary on offer, SATI will award the most meritorious candidate or who is needier financially.

How do I apply?

If you’re interested in the South African Translators’ Institute Bursary programme and require financial assistance, consider applying for it.

To get started, download and complete the South African Translators’ Institute Bursary application form. Read through the instructions and start filling out the form. Provide your personal information, contact details, academic details, among other things.

Next, you need to prepare the following documents that are necessary for the application:

  • ID documents (certified copies)
  • Matric certificate (certified copy)
  • Academic certificates completed till now (certified copies)
  • Full tertiary academic record (certified copies)
  • Proof of registration for 2022-23 (must be on institution letterhead)
  • An affidavit confirming that you’re not receiving funds from other bursaries that cover the same cost as SATI bursary
  • Proof of availability of funds to cover for the expenses not covered by SATI bursary
  • Details of additional funds you’re receiving, if any

Lastly, mail the completed application form and documents to ‘’. For the email subject line, use ‘SATI Bursary Application 2022’.

Application Deadline?

The South African Translators’ Institute Bursary programme is currently open, and the last date to apply for it is 31 March 2022.

Submissions made after this date will not be considered.

Contact Information

For more details regarding the bursary programme, contact Theresa Bender at ‘’.

If this bursary has already been closed, please do not make any queries. View our other open bursaries for application.

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