Bugema University Scholarships 2023-2024

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Bugema University Scholarships 2023-2024

Bugema University Scholarships – see details below on how to apply for available scholarships:

The 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda provides for fundamental human rights and under Chapter 4, Article 30 provides that all persons have a right to education. The preamble to the constitution further provides for National Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy, and it is under Objective XIV that it is provided that the state shall endeavour to fulfil the fundamental rights of all Ugandans to social justice and economic development and shall in particular ensure that all Ugandans enjoy rights and opportunities and access to education. In ensuring access to education, Objective XVIII provides that the state shall promote and take appropriate measures to afford every citizen equal opportunity to attain the highest education standard possible.

The Ministry of Education and Sports under its mandate is implementing the Students Loan Scheme for students enrolled in Higher Institutions of Learning beginning Financial Year 2013/14.The objective of the Loan Scheme is to increase equitable access to Higher Education in Uganda and also support qualified students who may not afford the cost of Higher Education. Therefore, the loans shall be made available to brilliant but needy students.

Brilliant means a qualifying student admitted to a Higher Education Institution.
Needy means a Brilliant student who cannot afford to pay the Higher Education Tuition, Research/Functional fees and Aids and Appliances for PWDs.

Rationale for the establishment of the HESFB
In 1997, the Government established Universal Primary Education (UPE); this has led to the increase in enrollment for Primary Education which currently stands at 8.2 million Pupils (i.e 91% of the Primary School Going Children in Uganda). Bugema University Scholarships

The increase in Primary enrollment over the years, has led to an increase in the number of students joining Secondary Schools and subsequently Tertiary institutions. Currently, the Universal Secondary Education (USE) enrollment stands at 1.3 million students (i.e 25% of Secondary School Going Children). Bugema University Scholarships

To address the increasing numbers, the Government introduced Universal Post Primary Education and Training (UPPET) in 2007 and Universal Post Ordinary Level Education and Training (UPOLET) in 2012. Bugema University Scholarships

These initiatives are the key influencing factors that led the NRM Government in its 2011 presidential manifesto to create a Students’ Loan Scheme that is intended to support financially the brilliant but needy students in pursuit for Higher Education.Bugema University Scholarships

Role of HESFB

HESFB is mandated to offer Loans and Scholarships to qualifying students at Higher Educations Institutions.

Mission, Vision and Core Values of HESFB

HESFB’s Vision, Mission and Core Values, largely shape its existence, strategy and growth focus.


“Equitable Financing of Higher Education for all Ugandans”


“To provide financing support to brilliant but needy Ugandans students as an intervention for equitable access to Higher Education”

Core Values:

  • Integrity
  • Team work
  • Innovativeness
  • Transparency
  • Fairness

Purpose for the funding

Loans are provided majorly;

  1. To increase equitable access to Higher Education for all Ugandans
  2. To support qualified students who cannot afford Higher Education

iii. To ensure regional balance in Higher Education services for all Ugandans

  1. To develop and support programmes which are deemed critical to national development
  2. To ensure a sustainable revolving loan Fund

Eligible programmes

The student’s loans scheme shall offer financial support to brilliant but needy students pursuing accredited programmes at the following education levels:

  1. Post-Secondary Certificates.
  2. Diplomas

iii. Undergraduate programmes

  1. Postgraduate programmes
  2. Doctoral programmes

NB: HESFB shall determine the courses/programmes for funding on annual basis in line with the National Development Priorities and the available resource envelope.

Eligible Courses

HESFB shall determine the programmes/courses to be supported. Information regarding the programmes/courses to be supported for an academic year shall be determined by the Board, and advertised in both visual and print media for the benefit of all stakeholders. Bugema University Scholarships


The following undergraduate programmes were considered in the first phase S/No. Programmes/Courses:

1 B. Medicine & B. Surgery

2 B. Dentistry

3 B. Physiotherapy

4 B.Sc. Medical Radiography

5 B. Pharmacy

6 B. Pharmaceutical Sciences

7 B. Nursing

8 B. Nursing Completion

9 B. Clinical Medicine & Comm. Health

10 B. Community Health

11 B. Medical Lab. Sciences

12 B. Medical Lab. Completion

13 B. Veterinary Medicine

14 BSc. Animal Production and Management

15 BSc. Education

16 B. Voc. Studies in Agric. with Educ.

17 B. Agriculture

18 BSc. Agriculture Mechanization

19 BSc. Water Resource Engineering

20 BSc. Agro Processing Engineering

21 BSc. Mining Engineering

22 B. Agriculture & Entrepreneurship

23 B.Sc. Electrical Engineering

24 B.Sc. Civil Engineering

25 B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering

26 B.Sc. Petroleum Engineering


The Selected disciplines are:-

Computer Science, Statistics, Pure Sciences, Agricultural Extension Education and Special needs Education.

Human Medicine Programmes Engineering & related support programmes
1 B. Medicine & Surgery 38 BSc Land Economics
2 B. Dental Surgey 39 BSc. Agriculture Mechanization
3 B. Clinical Medicine & Comm. Health 40 BSc. Bio Systems Engineering
Laboratory Programmes 41 BSc. Telecommunications Engineering
4 B. Medical Lab. Sciences \Technology 42 B. Architecture / Bachelor of Environmental Design
5 B. Medical Lab. Completion 43 BSc. Surveying, Quantity Surveying & Land Formation
Nursing and Midwifery Programmes 44 BSc. Software Engineering / Computer Engineering
6 B. Nursing 45 BSc. Construction Management
7 B. Nursing Completion\ Extension 46 BSc. Textile Engineering & Clothing Technology
8 B. Midwifery 47 BSc. Chemical Engineering
Agriculture Programmes 48 BSc. Ceramics
9 BSC Agricultural Land use and Management 49 BSc. Water Resource Engineering
10 Bachelor of Science In Horticulture 50 BSc. Mining
11 BSc Fisheries and Aquaculture 51 BSc. Agro Processing Engineering
12 BSc. Agriculture 52 BSc. Civil Engineering
13 BSc. Food Science & Technology 53 BSc. Electrical Engineering
14 BSc Fisheries and Water Resource Management 54 BSc. Mechanical Engineering
15 B. Agriculture & Entrepreneurship Petroleum and Geological Programmes
16 Bachelor of Agribusiness Management 55 BSc. Geological Resources
17 Bachelor of Agricultural and Rural Innovation 56 BSc. Petroleum & Geoscience Engineering
Computer Science and Technology Programmes Pure Science Programmes
18 BSc. Information Technology or Information Systems (For only students with Principal Mathematics/Physics at A’Level) 57 BSc. Industrial Chemistry
19 BSc. Computer Science 58 BSc. Microbiology
Statistics and Applied Economics Programmes 59 BSc. Biochemistry
20 Bachelor of Statistics Health care Management Programmes
21 BSc Applied Mathematics and Statistics 60 BSc. Optometry
22 BSc Quantitative Economics 61 Bachelor of Cytotechology
23 BSc Actuarial Science 62 B. Physiotherapy
24 BSc Statistics & Computer Science 63 B. Community Health / Bachelor of Public Health (for students with Prinicipal Biology at A’Level)
25 BSc Economics & Statistics 64 BSc Human Nutrition
26 BSc Statistics & Mathematics 65 BSc. Palliative Care
27 BSc Statistics & Planning 66 B.Sc. Medical Radiography
Education Programmes 67 BSc Health Administration
28 B. Agricultural Extension Education Special Needs Education Programmes
29 B. Voc. Studies in Agric. with Educ. 68 B. Speech & Language Therapy
30 B. of Medical Education 69 B. Education, Special Needs Education
31 Bachelor of Technical Education (Mechanical) 70 B. of Teacher Education with Special Needs Education
32 BSc. Education
33 B. Pharmacy 71 Bachelor of Laws
34 B. Pharmaceutical Sciences 72 Bachelor of Arts with Education
Animal Science Programmes 73 Bachelor of Social Sciences
35 B. Veterinary Medicine 74 Bachelor of Psychology
36 B. Pharmaceutical Sciences
37 BSc. Animal Production & Management

HESFB Admitted Courses / Programmes

Human Medicine Courses Engineering & Engineering related courses Cont’d

1 Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry / Mental Health 34 Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
2 Diploma in Ophthalmology 35 Diploma in Textile Design and Technology
3 Diploma in Orthopedic Medicine 36 Diploma in Civil Engineering Surveying / Land Surveying
4 Diploma in Clinical Medicine 37 Diploma in Land management and evaluation
5 Diploma in Paediatrics 38 Diploma in Cartography
6 Diploma in Otolaryngology Computer and Information & Communication Technology Courses
Laboratory Courses 39 Diploma in Computer Science / Information Technology
7 Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology Health Care Management Courses
8 Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology 40 Diploma in Medical Entomology
Nursing & Midwifery Courses 41 Diploma in Medical Radiology / Radiography
9 Diploma in Nursing / Comprehensive Nursing 42 Diploma in Occupational Therapy
10 Diploma in Public Health Nursing / Administration 43 Diploma in Orthopedic Technology
11 Diploma in Midwifery 44 Diploma in Anesthesia
Agriculture Courses 45 Diploma in Palliative Care
12 Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture 47 Diploma in Community HIV/AIDS Care
14 Diploma in Crop Production And Management 48 Diploma in Occupational Therapy
15 Diploma in Food Processing Technology 49 Diploma in Health Insurance Management
Engineering & Engineering related courses 50 Advanced Diploma in Health Services Management
16 Diploma in Ceramics or Ceramics Technology 51 Diploma in Environmental Health Science
17 Diploma in Civil and Building Engineering 52 Diploma in Dental Technology
18 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering 53 Diploma in Public Health Dentistry
19 Diploma in Building & Construction Engineering 53 Diploma in Clinical & Community Nutrition
20 Diploma in Electrical Engineering 55 Diploma in Audiology
21 Diploma in Mechanical and Production Engineering. 56 Diploma in Medical Entomology
22 Diploma in Building Engineering Education Courses
23 Diploma in Ginning Engineering 57 Diploma in Physical Education and Sports Management
24 Diploma in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 58 Diploma in Education Secondary (Technological Studies)
25 Diploma in Telecommunications Engineering 59 Diploma in Clinical Instruction Curriculum
26 Diploma in Water Engineering 60 Diploma in Health Tutors
27 Diploma in Automobile Engineering Animal Science
28 Diploma in Architecture 61 Diploma In Animal Production And Management
29 Diploma in Computer Engineering 62 Diploma in Wildlife Health and Management
30 Diploma in Biomedical Engineering Pharmacy Courses
31 Diploma in Physical Planning 63 Diploma In Pharmacy
32 Diploma in Metrology
33 Diploma In Agricultural Engineering

HESFB Admitted Courses / Programmes


1 Diploma in Mental Health
2 Diploma in Paediatrics
3 Diploma in Nursing
4 Diploma in Midwifery
5 Diploma in comprehensive Nursing
6 Diploma in Medical Lab Technology
7 Diploma in Pharmacy
8 Diploma in Occupational Therapy
9 Diploma in Physiotherapy
10 Diploma in Medical Radiography
11 Diploma in Clinical Medicine
12 Diploma in Environmental Health Science
13 Diploma in Dental Technology
14 Diploma in Public Health Dentistry
15 Diploma in Clinical & Community Nutrition
16 Diploma in Audiology
17 Diploma in Medical Entomology
18 Diploma in Health Counselling and Social Care


1 Diploma in Land management and evaluation
2 Diploma in land Surveying
3 Diploma in Cartography
4 Diploma in Physical Planning
5 Diploma in Metrology
6 Diploma in Architecture
7 Diploma in Building & Civil Engineering
8 Diploma in Ceramics
9 Diploma in Electrical Engineering
10 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
11 Diploma in Water Engineering
12 Diploma in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
13 Higher Diploma in Building & Construction Engineering
14 Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
15 Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering
16 Diploma in Science Education

Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant shall be considered for funding on condition that:

  1. They have an admission to accredited programme/courses from a chartered University or listed Higher Education Institution.
  2. They are citizens of Uganda.

iii. They have passed the Means Test.

Application for funding

An advert shall be placed in the national newspapers annually soliciting applications from eligible students.

Application forms for the Loans and/or Scholarships shall be completed and submitted to HESFB in a manner defined by the advert.

All applications shall attract an application fee determined by HESFB.

Evidence of payment for the application fee shall form part of the application.

Loan Application Requirements All completed application forms shall be accompanied with:

  1. 3 coloured pass port size photographs
  2. Acceptable valid form of Identification which can be (National ID, Passport, Driver’s License, Voter’s Card, School ID, NSSF Card).

iii. Bank slip confirming payment of the Application fee

  1. Academic Certificates / pass slips
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Admission letter to HEI vii. CRB / Financial Card [mandatory]

viii. Sketch map to applicant’s home of origin.

Funding scope

The financial support (Loans/Scholarship) shall cover:

  1. Tuition fees
  2. Functional fees

iii. Research expenses

  1. Aids and Appliances for PWDs


Loans shall be repayable with interest.

The interest shall be determined and defined by HESFB. Scholarships shall not be repayable, except where a student:

  1. Abandons the course without reasonable cause
  2. Changes a course

iii. Fails to comply with any other terms and conditions of the scholarship.


  1. a) Repayment:

A loanee shall start repaying the loan together with the applicable interest one year after the study period, on gaining employment. The one-year-after-study period is called the Grace Period. The loan shall be repaid over a period equal to the study period as defined in the admission letter. On completion of study, the loanee shall make contact with HESFB to pick the loan repayment schedule. Bugema University Scholarships

b)Early Repayment

HESFB shall allow loan repayment before due date (even during the study period) as this reduces the financial burden on the student in terms of the loan and applicable interest. Interest shall be charged on only outstanding loan amounts.

  1. c) Loan Period

Loan period for purposes of this manual, shall mean, the predetermined period within which the borrower is expected to complete repayment of the loan and the applicable interest. This period for purposes of the Students Loan Scheme, shall be twice the borrower’s study period plus the Grace period.

  1. d) Loan repayment period:

The loan repayment period shall be the period within which the loanee is expected to complete repayment of the loan and the applicable interest, and is equal to the study period of the programme/course respectively.

  1. e) Grace period:

Undergraduate loans are permissible to be offered a grace period, which is a 12-month period commencing after the study period. The period is given to enable the loanee re-organise/settle or transit from student to working life.


Obligation of the loanee:

A loanee shall be required within one year after completion of studies:

  1. To inform the HESFB of their new contacts/address
  2. To inform HESFB of their plans to commence repayment of the loan and the applicable interest.

iii. To execute a loan repayment schedule with HESFB.

Obligations of an employer of a loanee:

An employer shall be required upon engaged of a loanee:

  1. To inform HESFB of the engagement in writing
  2. To deduct and remit to HESFB the loan amount and applicable interest due/outstanding from the loanee’s remuneration.

Types of Scholarships:

  1. Internal scholarships

Internal scholarships shall be given to students who qualify for programmes that are offered in Higher Education Institutions in Uganda

  1. External Scholarships

External Scholarships shall only be awarded to students who qualify for programmes that are not offered in Higher Education Institutions in Uganda.

iii. Bilateral Scholarships

Bilateral Scholarships may be awarded subject to conditions agreed upon by the Donor Country and the Government of Uganda.


3 thoughts on “Bugema University Scholarships 2023-2024

  1. Samuel Jegere

    I am a Certificate graduate from Nakawa Vocational Training Institute in 2010 with part Electronics Certificate. Can I be able to be offered a loan?

  2. Namukowasimon simon

    Im Namukowa simon Ugandan ,holding acertficate in comprehensive nursing, lincesed by nursing council not employed with adream of persuin adeploma in clinical medicine and community health look forward for the scholarship.

  3. Namukowa simon

    Namukowa simon holding acertficate in compressive nursing interested at bugema universty looking forward for a scholarship in clinical medicine and community health.


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