A bursary is a financial award made by an institution to those individuals who cannot afford to pay full fees. Bursaries are usually renewed each year, on condition that the student is making satisfactory progress. In terms of national and provincial bursaries, bursaries are allocated based on the needs in a specific province and public entity. The following bursary opportunities are either a full, partial or work-back bursary.
If you’re interested in applying for one of the bursaries listed below, you should contact the government department, university or public entity concerned directly.
Western Cape Government bursaries
- The Masakhi’iSizwe Centre of Excellence, which is run by the Department of Transport and Public Works, offers bursaries for study towards a degree or higher diploma to develop professionals in engineering and the built environment.
- Nedbank, Provincial Treasury and the Western Cape Education Department jointly offer a Bursary Essay Competition for Grade 11 students who plan to pursue careers in maths, economics and accounting at one of the Western Cape’s universities.
- Every year the Western Cape Department of Health offers a limited number of bursaries for full-time study for professions in health.
- The Western Cape Department of Agriculture offers full-time undergraduate and postgraduate bursaries. Find out more about these bursaries from Elsenberg Agricultural Training Institute.
- The Western Cape Provincial Treasury offers bursary opportunities to Grade 12 learners as well as under- and postgraduate students interested in pursuing careers in economics, accounting and public finance.
Western Cape universities
- The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) offers bursaries to both first-year students and returning students. For more information visit the CPUT undergraduate funding page. The CPUT financial aid office also has a list of donors who provide financial aid to applicants who meet certain criteria. Students must apply to these organisations directly.
- The University of Cape Town (UCT) offers many undergraduate and postgraduate funding options depending on the qualification you want to pursue.
- The University of the Western Cape (UWC) offers various partial and full-time bursaries and loans to students.
- Depending on the qualification you’re studying towards, Stellenbosch University offers a number of funding and bursary opportunities for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
National Departmental Bursaries
- The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) offers Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) bursaries for education and training courses at TVET Colleges across South Africa. These bursaries are administered by the National Student Financial Aid Service (NSFAS). Other bursaries are also available, which will vary from college to college.
- The National Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) has made bursaries for Heritage related studies available.
- The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme offers full-cost bursaries to eligible students, who want to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority. If you receive one of these bursaries you’ll be required to teach at a public school for the same number of years that you received the bursary for.
- The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) invites students and undergraduates who are interested in the water sector to submit an application to the DWA Bursary Scheme.
- The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has a comprehensive database of bursary opportunities in higher education is available on the NYDA youth portal. The database is searchable by career category and includes information on eligibility criteria, closing dates for applications, contact details and conditions.
- The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries intends to award comprehensive bursaries to qualifying applicants pursuing or intending to further their studies in critical scarce skills in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors.
- The Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) offers bursaries for students intending to study towards a qualification as a chartered accountant at universities accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountant (SAICA). Have a look at AGSA’s bursary guide for more information.
- The National Arts Council (NAC) offers individual bursaries at postgraduate level only. Bursaries for undergraduate students are offered through education and training institutions. Read more about the opportunities on offer.
- The National Skills Fund (NSF) bursaries are offered every year to increase the number of skilled workers and to stabilise South Africa’s economy. These bursaries are only for candidates to gain their first degree, not for postgraduate studies, and candidates who are doing practical training can also apply. For more information call the Department of Labour at 012 309 4469 / 4340.
Bursaries offered by public entities
- The Transnet Bursary Scheme offers full-time bursaries every year according to the employment needs of the company.
- The Nedbank Bursary Fund awards bursaries to students who need help to meet the costs associated with studying at higher education institutions full-time.
- The Anglo-American Bursary Programme offers bursaries to excellent performers who will be in their second or third year of study.
- The Harmony Bursary Scheme awards bursaries for full-time study at accredited tertiary institutions to successful applicants.
- The Oasis 2015 Bursary Programme invites undergraduates who are interested in joining the financial services industry to apply for this programme.
- The Association for Educational Transformation (ASSET) offers two core programmes namely the bursary programme, and the learner development programme which are open to Grade 11 and 12 learners.
- The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) offers both undergraduate and postgraduate bursaries for studies in science, engineering, research, technology development and innovation.
- The Chevening Scholarships in South Africa offer opportunities and financial support to study for a Master’s degree at one of the United Kingdom’s leading universities, and to become part of an influential and highly regarded global network. Please read this important information before you apply.
2. Learnerships on offer in the Western Cape
Learnerships are learning programmes that lead to an occupational qualification. This includes classroom-based learning at the institute and on-the-job training at our research farms. The learnerships are available:
- The Year Beyond programme appeals to local and international volunteers with mathematics, technology and language skills to give a year of their time to tutor primary and secondary school learners in these subjects apply.
- The Premier’s Advancement of Youth (PAY) Project is focused on matriculants who are interested in gaining work experience in the public service.
- The Services Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) is a government body responsible for organising education and training programmes within a specific sector. There are 21 sectors, and each sector has its own SETA. Find out more.
- The Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute offers learnership programmes for free, and equips students with an occupational qualification.
- The National Youth Service Programme is aimed at unemployed youth in the technical trade industry with no work experience and those in the technical trade industry with work experience but no trade certification.
- The Expanded Public Works Programme focuses on skills development by giving unemployed people (between 16 and 35) access to temporary work.
- The Siyenyuka Contractor Enhancement Programme aims to develop skills and promote business sustainability for emerging contractors in the construction industry.
3. Internships, apprenticeships and artisanships
Internships provide real-world experience to those looking to explore or gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter into a particular career field.
- The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds(SANCCOB) offers various exciting and hands-on internship programmes.
- The 21 Services Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) offer various internship and training programmes within the various sectors. Find out more.
- The National Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) offers internship opportunities to graduates looking to gain work experience through an internship programme that focuses mainly on the fields of arts, culture, heritage and language. Find out more.
- DST-NRF Internship Programme aims to provide university graduates and postgraduates with work experience in science, engineering and technology in order to improve their chances of finding a job.
Apprenticeships provide on-the-job training and are often accompanied by course work.
- The Automobile Association (AA) offers accredited apprenticeships in a wide variety of fields in the automotive industry.
- College of Cape Town‘s Mechanical Engineering: Practical Skills Course offer courses to those who wish to further their knowledge in their field of work.
- Through the Bellville Mechanical Workshop Apprenticeship the the Department of Transport and Public Works offers a four year apprenticeship programme to prepare students for the working environment.
Artisanships offer practical training focusing primarily on employable skills training and development.
- Matriculants interested in becoming an artisan (e.g. a motor mechanic, plumber, electrician, etc) can register with the National Artisan Development Support Centre (NADSC). Visit their website for more info.
- The Artisan Training Institute (ATI) offers training services, including pre-evaluation of students’ trainability, entrance levels and trade test readiness.
- The Artisans Skills Development Agency (ASDA) is based in Ekhuruleni and aims to provide trainees with sufficient skills, knowledge and attitudes to carry out their work effectively and efficiently in a competitive and technologically advanced industry.
- The 21 Services Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) offer various Vocational Education and Training (VET) programmes within the various sectors.
Want to lend a helping hand? Find out about charitable organisations in the Western Cape and how to volunteer your time.
- Volunteer Wildfire Services recruits new volunteers every year.
- Cheetah Outreach welcomes part-time and full-time volunteers who like the outdoors and the big cats.
- SANCCOB have limited permanent staff and welcome volunteers who show a long-term commitment. Volunteers are taught as much as they’d like to know about sea birds.
- The Two Oceans Aquarium hosts an education and environmental facility and they welcome volunteers to assist.
- Monkeyland rehabilitates and frees previously captured animals and is home to a wide range of primates. They welcome full-time volunteers to stay for at least one month and help out with a range of tasks.
- Help2Read aims to recruit, train and support literate adult volunteers from local communities, in an effort to help disadvantaged primary school children who struggle to read.
Monash South Africa a campus of Monash University Australia is an institution of higher education situated in Johannesburg South Africa.
South African citizens, based on extreme financial hardship.
Matriculants, Postgraduate Students, Undergraduates
Full tuition fee for a full-time study load (48 credit points), for the specific year of application and approval of award.
144 Peter Road, Ruimsig, Roodepoort, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Admissions Office, Monash South Africa Private Bag X60, Roodepoort, 1725
SAAWG (Awards to Female Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students) – Closing 31 October
The SAAWG administers a number of partial bursaries and Fellowship awards for South African female students who are completing undergraduate and post-graduate studies.
South African Weather Service – Closing 19 October
Weather Observation Learnership Programme 2016
AngloGold Ashanti – Closing 30 October
• Opportunities are open to South African citizens below the age of 35 years and who are residents from Matlosana, Merafong and our major labour sending areas in the Eastern Cape and to children of the company’s employees.
• Only students with a full tertiary qualification (3 or 4 year Diploma or Degree) will be allowed on the programme.
FNB IT Graduate Learnership Programme 2016
Learnerships are being offered in the following academies:
Testing – Qualification requirement: IT degree/IT Diploma
Java – Qualification requirement: IT degree/IT Diploma
Preference will be given to candidates with no previous and/or current learnership or Internship experience.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS 2015
ISS Scholarships for International Students at University of Oslo in Norway, 2015
Hungarian Government Scholarship Programme for Developing Countries, 2015-2016
INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR AFRICAN STUDENTS
Development Scholarships for Developing Countries in Czech Republic, 2015-2016
Development Scholarships for Developing Countries in Czech Republic, 2015-2016
The Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the Faculty of Social Sciences is able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships for students of all fee based programs in academic year 2015/16. A total of seven scholarships are available, ear-marked for students from developing countries and/or countries going through a process of political and economic transition. The deadline for scholarship applications is 30th April 2015.
Snorri Sturluson Icelandic Fellowships for International Applicants, 2016
Applications are invited for Snorri Sturluson Icelandic fellowships available in the field of humanities. The Snorri Sturluson Fellowships are granted to writers, translators and scholars (not to university students) from outside Iceland to enable them to stay in Iceland for a period of at least three months. The amount of the Fellowship is based in principle on travel expenses to and from Iceland, plus living expenses while in the country. The application deadline is 31st October each year.
SARS Learnership Operations Contact Centre
The SARS Contact Centre was launched to provide a dynamic and complete taxpayer service solution. The Learnership is an entry level position at South African Revenue Service based in Durban KZN.
Google is offering Statistician/Quantitative Analyst, Engineering internship for the year 2015. Interns must have MS degree in Computer Science or Statistics and PhD in Computer Science or Statistics and also 2 years of experience in data analysis or related field. International students are eligible to apply for this internship programme.
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