Bursaries for translation and interpreting students



The South African Translators' Institute (SATI) is a body that was established in 1956 with the aim of promoting the interests of the translation profession in South Africa. In the context of contemporary South Africa with its 11 official languages, SATI is now also working towards the establishment of a culture of multilingualism and the development of a tradition of translation and interpreting in the South African languages.


Giving practical expression to the idea of multilingualism, however, requires the use of competent and properly trained language workers such as translators and interpreters. Because SATI is concerned about the inadequate numbers of trained language workers in South Africa, it was decided in 1993 to set up a Development Committee. The brief of this committee is to collect funds and make assistance available to deserving translation and/or interpreting students, particularly in the previously marginalised languages.


Language and professional organisations such as Prolingua (formerly TERMSA) and the ATKV have in the past made generous contributions to the SATI Development Fund. One hundred and seventeen bursaries have been awarded since 1994.


Awards for 2018

In 2018 the Institute will make one or two bursaries of R20 000 each available.


Who is eligible for a SATI bursary?

The SATI bursaries are only available to students who are in financial need. First-year and postgraduate students are not eligible for the SATI bursaries. Successful applicants will have to prove that they have access to other funding to cover the remainder of their fees for the year, or the award will be withdrawn. They must also make an affidavit affirming that they have not been granted other bursaries or funding to cover the same expenses as those for which the SATI bursary is awarded.


In addition to the above, bursary applicants must –

  • be enrolled at a tertiary institution for formal training in translation, interpreting and/or other aspects of language practice
  • have obtained an average mark of at least 65% in their studies in 2017
  • be South African citizens and
  • work in combinations of the official languages.


How are the bursaries allocated?

Since SATI funding for bursaries is limited, it is important that it is allocated to students with a high chance of success in their studies and who are likely to make a positive contribution to the profession upon completion of their qualification. For this reason, although financial need is the primary criterion, applicants are also assessed on the basis of their marks to date. Other factors that may be taken into account are previous SATI awards, professional engagement, languages worked in and language abilities.


SATI is not in a position to offer bursaries to cover the full costs of a course of study, but making an award to a student who has no means of covering the remaining costs would be futile. As mentioned above, the Institute will thus require any successful applicant to prove that with the SATI bursary they will be in a position to pay the total amounts related to their course for the year prior to the bursary being finalised. They are also required to disclose details of any other awards that they have received or expect to receive. SATI will not provide funding for costs that have been provided for by other sponsorship.


Note that should an award be made, the bursary will be paid out only once proof of registration for the course concerned for that year has been submitted. Bursaries are paid out in two tranches: 50% at the beginning of the year and the other 50% in the second semester upon submission of the student’s first-semester results showing an average mark of at least 65%.


Application procedure

The bursary application form can be downloaded from the link below. Applications must be submitted by 19 January 2018. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


SAI bursary information 2018 (48128 bytes)

Bursary application form 2018 (75264 bytes)

Beursaansoekvorm 2018 (79872 bytes)

Beursinligting 2018 (78268 bytes)




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