Applications are welcome yearly for The Harry Crossley Bursary, intended to support paediatric nurses to undertake the Master of Nursing in Child Nursing.

The Harry Crossley Foundation was established in 1968 with the goal of supporting those embarking on postgraduate studies. Since the late Mr Crossley left school early and advanced his own education by attending ‘night school’, he was a firm believer in education and the benefits thereof. 

The Foundation has supported students at the University of Cape Town for over three decades, and this Bursary Programme has been established specifically 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 and beyond.

Applicants must: 

  • Intend to apply to study full-time for the Master of Nursing in Child Nursing (only applications for this specific degree will be considered.) 
  • Be South African citizens or permanent residents of South Africa. 
  • A four-year degree in nursing or an equivalent qualification
  • An appropriate postgraduate diploma in clinical nursing at NQF level 8 passed with a higher than 70% average
  • Registration with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) as a general AND specialist nurse
  • At least two years clinical experience nursing children after nursing council registration as a specialist nurse.
  • IT proficiency and evidence of good English language literacy

Successful applicants must: 

  • Not be in receipt of any donations or income greater than the value of R25,000 during the annual award period
  • 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 the course of study. 


Applications must be submitted to Mrs Jane Vos, Programme Manager: by no later than 31st October of year prior to study.

Applications should include the following:

  • A letter of application and motivation
  • An official letter from the employer indicating release from employment for the full duration of the programme
  • A letter of reference from the applicant’s employer stating that he/she will not be receiving his/her usual salary or any other funding exceeding R25 000 
  • Proof of four-year degree in nursing or equivalent
  • Transcripts for previous qualifications – four year degree (or equivalent) and appropriate postgraduate diploma)
  • Proof of South African Nursing Council registration (or equivalent) 
  • CV indicating at least two years clinical experience nursing children after Nursing Council registration
  • Copy of ID document.


All eligible applications will be considered by the Harry Crossley Children's Nursing Development Unit 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.