The Bursaries Committee
The Bursaries Committee was established through a statutory instrument, No. 182 of the 1973 Education Act of the Laws of Zambia.

Mission Statement
The Mission Statement of the Committee is to “administer bursaries, loans, scholarships and fellowships for tertiary education locally and abroad”.

The Bursaries Committee
The Bursaries Committee was established through a statutory instrument, No. 182 of the 1973 Education Act of the Laws of Zambia.

Mission Statement
The Mission Statement of the Committee is to “administer bursaries, loans, scholarships and fellowships for tertiary education locally and abroad”.

The Bursaries Committee Profile
The Committee consists of twelve members drawn from relevant ministries and / or departments, the two public Universities, quasi-Government and private organizations and the Secretary of the Bursaries Committee. The Committee is chaired by the Deputy Minister of Education.

The Bursaries Committee Secretariat
The Secretariat comprises the Secretary to the Bursaries Committee, Deputy Secretary, Senior Bursaries Officers, Programmer Analyst, Bursaries Officers, Accounting, Secretarial and other support staff.

Functions Of The Bursaries Committee

  • Access eligible Zambian students to tertiary (University) Education locally and abroad.
  • Process and administer GRZ bursaries and loans for students at the University of Zambia and the Copperbelt of Zambia
  • Process and administer scholarships and fellowships offered by co-operating partners and/ or agencies for Zambian students to study abroad.
  • Facilitate clearance for self sponsored students to study abroad.

Application For Student Loans

University of Zambia or Copperbelt University admitted students apply for the Student Loan.


  1. Handwritten application letter, stating loan category
  2. Bursaries Committee Application Form
  3. Certified copy of admission letter to the University
  4. Certified copies of applicant’s.
    • National Registration Card (NRC)
    • Parents/Guardian’s National Registration Card
    • Grade 12 Statement of Results
  5. 2 recent Passport size photographs
  6. Any other information to support the application.

Eligibility For The Loan

To be eligible for a student loan an individual must be:

  1. Zambian citizen
  2. School leaver up to 3 years prior to commencement of the programme
  3. Admitted into a degree programme at one of the local public universities.

Student Loan Package

The loan package covers the following:

  1. Tuition fees
  2. Accommodation fees
  3. Cost of books (Book allowance)
  4. Project and equipment expenses
  5. Student upkeep

The actual funding levels are determined by the Government through the Bursaries Committee in consultation with the universities and other relevant stakeholders.

Loan Categories

In administering the loan scheme, students are availed the following loan options:

  1. 100% funding level
  2. 75% funding level
  3. 50% funding level
  4. 25% funding level.

Please note that only vulnerable Zambians need apply for 100% loan and are expected to attach all necessary documents in support of their vulnerability.

Conditions Of The Loan

  1. The loan is determined by the Bursaries Committee and is not negotiable by the students’ union,
  2. The loan is only valid for one academic year/semester but may be renewable on application on production of satisfactory academic results,
  3. Part of the loan due to the student is paid to the beneficiary through a commercial bank as funds become available,
  4. Candidates awarded a Student Loan are expected to meet any short fall not covered by the loan.
  5. Upon completion of a programme a student loanee shall be given a grace period of one year whereafter the repayment of the loan shall commence.

However, one can start the repayment of the loan even earlier.

Scholarships And Fellowships

The Government of the Republic of Zambia through the Bursaries Committee facilitates and processes scholarship and fellowship awards offered to Zambia by several cooperating partners and / or agencies for Zambian students to study abroad at either Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree levels. Some of the cooperating partners/countries include: Algeria, Canada, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Russia and Turkey.

Undergraduate Scholarship

In general, countries (Algeria, China, Cuba, India and Russia) that offer undergraduate scholarships have the following requirements for applicants:

  • Zambian citizen
  • School Leaver
  • Grades 1-4 in Science subjects including Mathematics
  • Maximum age – 25 years

Postgraduate Scholarship

The general minimum requirements for Postgraduate scholarships to study in China, Canada, India, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are:

  • Zambian citizen
  • Distinction or Merit at first degree level for Masters programme
  • Maximum age –35 years for Masters and 40 for PhD

For certain Commonwealth scholarships, the following are demanded:

  1. Results of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  2. Where offers of admission have been obtained from the University, these should be included with the applications.

General Conditions Of The Scholarships

Undergraduate and Postgraduate candidates should meet own cost towards:

  1. Expenses to and from the Airport;
  2. Departure fees;
  3. Any shortfall not adequately covered by the scholarship.

General Method Of Application

  • Applications are usually invited from suitably qualified Zambians to contest for these scholarships by way of adverts in the Print Media ( Daily Mail and Times of Zambia) around February / March and September. This should include:
  • Letter of application responding to an advert in the Print Media, clearly stating the field of study desired, age, day time telephone number, fax and e-mail address for easy communication.
  • certified Photostat copies of Education Certificates, Transcripts and Curriculum Vitae.
  • study plan of details outlining a preferred course and how the intended course of study will enhance one’s contributions to Zambia’s development ( 200 and 400 words for Undergraduates and Postgraduates, respectively).
  • For those in employment, a letter of recommendation from the employers confirming granting of study leave upon offer of the scholarship.

Bursaries Committee Address
The Secretariat of the Bursaries Committee is located at
Maxwell House Annex Building, Los Angeles Boulevard, Longacres, Lusaka.

For further information contact:

The Secretary
Bursaries Committee
P.O. Box 50093,

Phone: 250726
Tel/Fax: 254720
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