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The Harry Crossley Scholarships For Master of Nursing in Child Nursing

The Harry Crossley Foundation was established in 1968. The late Mr Crossley was an immigrant to South Africa and a firm believer in education and the benefits thereof.  The Foundation supports qualified candidates embarking on postgraduate studies. With over three decades of such support to the University of Cape Town, a Scholarship Programme has recently been established for paediatric nurses to undertake the Master of Nursing in Child Nursing. The aim of this professional masters programme is to prepare paediatric nurse specialists to play a key role in leading clinical practice by developing paediatric nursing expertise to improve health outcomes for children in South Africa & beyond.

Applications are invited for a limited number of scholarships from South African (or permanent residents) Paediatric Nurses who will register at the University of Cape Town for full-time study towards the professional Master’s degree – Master of Nursing in Child Nursing. Only applications for this specific degree will be considered.


  • Applicants must have a four year degree in nursing or a qualification recognised by the Senate as equivalent. (NB: An equivalent is regarded as a 4 year diploma).
  • Applicants must have an appropriate postgraduate diploma in nursing with a higher than 65% pass rate.
  • Applicants must be registerable with the SANC as a general and specialist nurse.
  • Applicants must have at least two years clinical experience nursing children after Nursing Council registration.
  • Applicants must be either South African citizens or permanent residents of South Africa.

To be eligible for this award, applicants will not be receiving any other donations or income during the annual award period that amounts to more than R25 000. Successful applicants will be required to declare income from all sources.

Successful candidates will be required to comply with the policies, procedures and practices of postgraduate funding at UCT.


The awards are valued at R200,000 per annum, and are tenable for one year.  Renewal for a second year will be considered, but only on evidence of satisfactory academic progress, and on the availability of funds.

This bursary is intended to cover all study and living costs incurred during course of study. 


Eligible candidates should provide the following documents:

  • A letter of application;
  • A letter of reference from the applicant’s employer stating that the Nurse will not be receiving his/her usual salary or any other funding towards the cost of study that exceeds R25 000;
  • An official letter from the employer indicating release for the full duration of the study period;
  • Proof of four year degree in nursing or equivalent;
  • Nursing Transcripts (ie undergraduate nursing degree & appropriate postgraduate diploma);
  • Proof of SANC registration;
  • CV indicating at least two years clinical experience nursing children after Nursing Council registration;
  • Copy of ID document.

Applications must be submitted to Mrs Jane Vos, Programme Coordinator, Children's Nursing Development Unit, Room 210, 2nd Floor ICH Building, Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Klipfontein Rd, Cape Town 7700 / Email jane.vos@uct.ac.za by no later than 31st October of year prior to study.


All eligible applications will be considered by Associate Professor, Minette Coetzee, the Children's Nursing Development Unit and a sub-committee. Recommendations for award will be made by the sub-committee to the Postgraduate Studies Funding Committee for final approval.

The Postgraduate Funding Office will administer the award.