2025 Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA) Bursary

Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA) has opened its September 2025 academic year bursary program. All interested applicants should apply using the details below.

CLOSING DATE: 15 September 2025.

IMES will be awarding 2 types of bursaries:

1) Bursaries for those who are not IMESA (Bursary Scheme A)
In order to qualify for this bursary, you must be enrolled in a Civil Engineering program (or another engineering discipline approved by the Executive Council of IMESA) and be in need of financial assistance. Coverage will be limited to tuition and required textbooks.

The IMESA Foundation also offers bursaries to dependents of (Bursary Scheme B)

Awarded to current and future students who are the children of IMESA members who have been a member for at least three years, this bursary will be awarded to current and Civil Engineering is covered by the bursary (or another engineering discipline approved by the Executive Council of IMESA). In this way, tuition will be protected. It will provide coverage for tuition fees and prescribed books only.

BURSARY REQUIREMENTS FOR Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA)

Bursary Scheme A: for non-IMESA members

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must have completed Matric
  • You must be studying full time towards a Civil Engineering degree qualification (or another engineering discipline approved by the IMESA Executive Council)
  • You must be studying at an accredited and recognised tertiary institute in South Africa
  • You must have completed and passed mid-year exams
  • You must be entering your 2nd year (or later) of study in 2025
  • You must have proven financial need (and be unable to fund your studies)

Bursary Scheme B: for dependents of IMESA members

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must have completed Matric
  • You must be studying or intend on studying full time towards a Civil Engineering degree qualification (or another engineering discipline approved by the IMESA Executive Council)
  • You must have an excellent academic record
  • You must be a dependents of an IMESA member (who has been a member for at least 3 years)
  • You must be a dependents of an IMESA member

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Download and complete the relevant IMESA bursary application form:

Bursary Scheme A: IMESA Bursary Application Form (for non-members) (.pdf)

Bursary Scheme B: IMESA Bursary Application Form (for dependents of members) (.pdf)
 

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 may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Declaration of any other bursary funding received
  • Undersigned statements declaring academic progress in Matric or 1st year (issued by your University/ School)
  • Parents/ guardians proof of monthly income and student’s financial situation (affidavit)
  • Mid year exam results (certified copy)

Students will also be required to submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation, before any bursary funding is paid:

  • Medical certificate
  • Proof of enrolment at a tertiary institute for your selected qualification (on institutions letterhead)
  • Fee statement from your tertiary institution (on institutions letterhead)

Applications must be submitted to the IMESA Head Office, in one of the following ways:
1) Email to: bursaries@imesa.org.za

2) Fax: 031 266 5094

3) Post:
PO Box 2190
Westville
3630

Please note: mark your application with “Bursary Scheme A” or “Bursary Scheme B”, depending on which bursary you are applying for.


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.