2025 BBD Bursary Opened in South Africa

BBD has opened its year-round bursary program and they are inviting all applicants to apply now. All interested applicants should apply using the details below.

BBD was formed by 3 developers – Tom Budge, Sandra Barone and Ralf Dominick, in 1984. The companies services and expertise include the following areas – systems integration, user experience design, mobile app services, software development, IT & development consulting, as well as maintenance and support.

MORE ABOUT THE BBD BURSARY PROGRAMME – COVERAGE & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

The bursary will provide coverage of university tuition fees and a monthly allowance for living expenses and incidentals. Apart from the financial aspect of the bursary, students will also receive support and mentorship throughout their studies.

For 1 week of every year, all BBD bursary recipients are required to attend an onsite workshop where they will meet other bursars and experience the BBD culture. The Vac Week workshop will include partaking in a group project where you will use the latest tech to create fun, practical solutions. Students will also gain practical experience throughout the programme and have exposure to a variety of technologies and tools. After graduation, students will be placed in the BBD Graduate Programme and begin working on real project teams.
 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BBD BURSARY

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must be currently in Matric or have completed Matric
  • You must be studying or accepted to study within on of the aforementioned fields of study (Bachelors, Honours, Masters or Doctorate)
  • You must be studying or accepted to study at a recognised University in South Africa
  • You must have achieved a minimum overall average of 70% in Matric, if currently in Matric
  • You must have achieved a minimum overall average of of 65% for tertiary studies, if currently studying
  • You must be passionate about technology, and creating and building software
  • You must be interested in software development

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE BBD BURSARY

Applications must be done online at: BBD Bursary & Beyond Programme 2025
 

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric latest results or Matric certificate (certified copy)
  • Most recent academic transcripts, if currently studying (on tertiary letterhead)
  • University acceptance letter (on tertiary letterhead)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Link to your personal coding projects on GitHub or equivalent platform, if applicable

Please note: by applying for this bursary, you are consenting to BBD verifying your educational qualifications and employment history, as well as conducting a credit check and criminal check from a registered credit bureau or SAPS.
 

CLOSING DATE FOR THE BBD BURSARY

Applications are currently OPEN. A closing date has not been disclosed – students are encouraged to apply ASAP.
 

CONTACT THE BURSARY PROVIDER

For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact BBD directly:
Tel: 011 532 8300
Email: hr@bbd.co.za / info@bbdsoftware.com
or submit your query via their contact form: https://bbdsoftware.com/contact-us/


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.