SARS bursary 2020 – 2021

About SARS bursaries

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is giving away bursaries in mathematics, accounting and the law. Students who have always dreamed to study any of the above courses should send their applications.

This is intended for deserving students from previously underprivileged backgrounds financial help to study further.  The organisation is looking for students who exhibit some great sense of understating within the country‚Äôs financial sector.

The SARS bursary program is designed for courses that are within the scarce and critical skills sector.  Candidates will be selected from all applications received via a pre-set criteria.  SARS Bursaries will be aligned to the companies mandate and objectives. The bursary will provide candidates with a financial need within specific fields of study, the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Funding will depend on the field of study. Successful candidates may also be required to sign an employee agreement in terms of service, in accordance with the bursary term.  SARS bursaries program is also aligned to the Governments employment equity act.

SARS bursaries available

If you are planning to study in any one of the following directions or any field that is deemed as scarce by the company, then a bursary from SARS may just what you need.

Fields available to study

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Audit
  • Law
  • Information Technology
  • Legal Aid
  • Economics
  • ICT
  • Management
  • Tax

SARS bursaries requirements

If you are a Grade 12 pupil or currently studying, and would like to apply for a bursary in the fields mentioned above, you will also have to adhere to the requirements as is stipulated by SARS.

To study in these fields, candidates will be obliged to have the following:

  • Grade 12 Matric results or middle of the year results if still in Grade 12
  • If studying, you will need your June Results of the current year
  • Must be proficient in English
  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Possess a South African ID
  • Must hold an average pass mark of 70% or higher
  • Proof of registration at an Institute of Higher Learning
  • Parents or guardians ID
  • Parents or guardians proof of income
  • Must be from a previously disadvantaged background
  • Candidates must be younger than 30 to be eligible, and must also provide an essay of at least 250 words, along with their application as motivation on why they deserve the bursary.
  • All documents must be certified copies, please keep the originals. It is suggested that candidates additionally attach a curriculum vitae to their application, indicating any work experience, extramural activities, hobbies, and interests.

SARS bursaries application

The bursary programme is not available online so applicants can physically submit their applications via email to the following email address: Once applications close, the department will make a short-list of candidates who fulfil all their requirement.  These may be invited for an interview before being awarded the bursary.  Candidates who do not hear from them can deem their applications as unsuccessful.

Candidates who receive bursaries will also need to submit academic results yearly. This will be of all examinations, before the 31 of December.

SARS bursary closing date

Closing dates for these bursaries differ, as bursaries will be made available yearly according to the need within SARS.


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