10 bursaries offered by companies and government in South Africa right now

South African companies and associations alike have opened bursaries and scholarships to fund tertiary studies for the 2023 academic year.

Bursaries South Africa, an online platform that provides students with updated information on bursaries and other funding opportunities in the country, said that August and September is the perfect times to apply for bursaries because students can use their mid-year results to secure funding for the upcoming year.

It is often the case, however, that a bursary or scholarship is limited to certain years of study or degrees. For example, the Thuthuka bursary offered by the South African Insititute of Chartered Accountants is only an option for students working towards that career.

The government is also encouraging skilled South Africans to work for state institutions; however, these can be geographically specific such as the Masakh’iSizwe Bursary offered by the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works available to students from universities in the province.

Bursaries South Africa listed the following top options:

Note: The below bursaries are closing for August and September 2022.


1. TETA Bursary

Available for various fields of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications within the Transport sector and related fields.

To qualify, candidates must have a total household income of not more than R350,000 per annum and must not be older than 35 years.

Applications must be submitted by no later than 17 August.


2. Thuthuka Bursary

Offered by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), for students who are studying towards a career in Chartered Accountancy.

Applications must be submitted by no later than 31 August.


3. Masakh’iSizwe Bursary

A bursary opportunity brought by the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works.

Available for studies at the University of Cape Town, the University of Stellenbosch and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, in fields within the Transport, Engineering and Built Environment sectors.

Applications must be submitted by no later than 31 August.


4. Vodacom Bursary

An opportunity for undergraduate studies within STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).

Aimed at students with strong academic records who are in financial need.

Applications must be submitted by no later than 31 August.


5. Hollywood Foundation Bursary

For undergraduate and postgraduate studies in:

  • Accounting,
  • Business Management,
  • Computer Science,
  • Digital Marketing,
  • Finance,
  • Graphic Design,
  • Human Resources,
  • Marketing, Media and Communications,
  • Supply Chain & Logistics.

Applications must be submitted by no later than 31 August.


6. Shoprite Bursary

A bursary opportunity from one of South Africa’s biggest retailers, for studies in:

  • Accounting (CA Stream – SAICA),
  • Data Science,
  • Food Science,
  • Information Systems,
  • Pharmacy,
  • Retail Business Management,
  • Supply Chain & Logistics,
  • UI Design (Product Design).

Applications must be submitted by no later than 31 August.


7. MMEG (Margaret McNamara Education Grants) Bursary

Available for female students from South Africa (and other African countries).

The bursary covers all fields of study towards a certificate, undergraduate, graduate or post-doctorate qualification.

Applications must be submitted by no later than 14 September.


8. Sappi Bursary

An opportunity for undergraduate Engineering and Forestry and Wood Science students.

Applications must be submitted by no later than 30 September.


9. Coronation Exceptional Student Bursary

This bursary covers all commerce-related degrees aimed at deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Applications must be submitted by no later than 30 September.


10. SARB (South African Reserve Bank) Bursary

Available for students entering their first year of study in 2023.

In any of these fields related to the bank:

  • Accounting,
  • Actuarial Science,
  • Economics,
  • Finance,
  • Information Technology,
  • Law,
  • Mathematical Statistics

Under this bursary, other fields may also be funded, such as Medicine, Dentistry, Social Work.

Applications must be submitted by no later than 30 September.


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