The Ithemba Foundation


Research and bursaries

Ithemba Foundation provides funding for those wishing to increase the existing research and knowledge related to depression.

In order to apply, you must be a registered student at a research institution or university. You are also required to include your CV, as well as an overview of your research proposal, including your problem statement, methodology, research questions, budget, references and timeline. An ethical clearance is also required.

To apply for a bursary for depression-related research, please download our Bursary Proposal Guidelines. Your application document (excluding your CV) may not exceed 2 000 words. For any queries, please contact us at

Ithemba has supported the following studies since 2013.


Depressed women’s emotional experiences of the mother-child relationship: perspectives from a low-income South African community.


Longitudinal International Study on Student Health and Wellness.


Relationship between childhood trauma, neuropsychological deficits, neural circuitry, and anxiety proneness in high-anxiety prone and low-anxiety prone adolescents.


Effectiveness of Prolonged Exposure for adolescents with PTSD, as administered by counselors: Comparative trial of supportive counselling.


Social cognition following pharmacological treatment in Social Anxiety Disorder: Clinical, cognitive and neuroimaging correlates.
Self-efficacy and anxiety in a group of isiXhosa-learners receiving second language education in the Western Cape.


Pilot study of an e-intervention for symptoms of depression among university Students in South Africa.


Role impairment associated with common mental disorders among university students in South Africa.
Psychosocial challenges and coping strategies of family members caring for mentally ill patients in Ngaka Modiri Molema in the North West Province.


Bursaries to:
Prof S Honikman
Ryan van der Poll
Mahlako Matlakale
Nikki Boyd


Bursaries to:
Tondani Mudau
Marli McAllister
SU FMHS Student Mental Health Project


Bursaries to:
Sophia-Loarraine Allie
Mariam Salie


ITHEMBA FOUNDATION - NPC 2012/171250/08 - PBO 930/048/019