13 incredible SA scholarships and bursaries

The following 13 incredible SA scholarships and bursaries that are open to South Africans right now offer students access to tertiary education without and financial burdens.

Sasol Corporate Bursary Programme:

High-performing Maths and Science learners have access to complete studies in Engineering, Science and Accounting at any of South Africa’s Universities and Universities of Technology.

Tuition, accommodation, meals, textbooks and a stipend are provided, along with allowance for laptops and calculators.

Postgraduate students receive a monthly allowance for the duration of their studies (24 months Masters’ Degree and 36 months PhD Degree)

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation:

High School scholarships are offered, along with support and programmes to develop entrepreneurial talents.

For more information, visit this site.

Ernst & Young:

This scholarship is for a Chartered Accountant (SA) qualification at a SAICA-accredited university. Individuals who are academically strong, with financial need are encouraged to apply, Bursars will be required to serve with Ernst & Young for 3 years following graduation.


Financial support is provided to Eskom employees or dependents. This ensures that registration fees, tuition, residential costs, a MealsBook Allowance, PC Allowance, Vacation Allowance and Accommodation are provided for.

See this site for more information on how to apply

Fullbright Foreign Student Program:

This world-renowned programme is for South African students interested in pursuing a Masters or Doctoral degree at any accredited tertiary institution in the U.S. it covers full tuition and costs of living in the U.S.

International Scholarships:

An annual list is made available here by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Scholarships include the likes of:

  • Harvard South Africa Fellowship Programme
  • Chinese Government Scholarship
  • French Embassy Masters and PhD scholarship programme
  • New Zealand Commonwealth scholarship


The Pure Merit Bursary is offered for non-extensive funding. The Merit Bursary with Financial Needs is for students requiring significant funding.


Scholarships are provided for Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineering Studies.

Murray & Roberts:

This scholarship is awarded to top SA achievers, studying a BSc, Beng or BTech in the following fields:

  • Engineering
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Building/Construction Management

Visit this site for more information

Old Mutual:

Scholarships offered are in three forms:

Actuarial Bursaries – covers full tuition, accommodation, meals, general and book allowance. Academic and emotional support is provided.

Accounting Bursaries – covers tuition for studies at the University of Cape Town, res fees and annual return flight.

Amathuba Learnerships – provided for matriculants with no previous work experience.


Students are provided with financial support and structured summer school or vacation work. After graduation, individuals are able to join SAB full time as graduate trainees.

Learnerships, a CA training and a graduate programme are also offered.

Standard Bank:

  • Standard Bank Africa Derek Cooper Scholarship
  • Standard Bank CSI Bursary Programme
  • Standard Bank Group 150 bursaries

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The Bursary Scholarship Programme is offered for the following fields:

  • Actuarial Sciences
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Investment Management
  • Accounting


Full-time bursaries are offered for undergraduate studies in the following fields:

  • Electrical Engineering (Light Current)
  • Information Technology
  • Computer Science Marketing
  • Accounting



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