2025 Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) Bursaries Opened

The Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) has opened its 2025 Bursary program and is inviting all interested applicants to apply ASAP.

CLOSING DATE:  30 September 2025

BURSARY REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must be 35 years old or younger (youth age group, per the National Youth Policy)
  • You must be studying or intend on studying within a field of study related to ICT (Information and Communications Technology) (undergraduate studies only – funding is not available for postgraduate studies)
  • You must be studying or intend on studying at a recognised tertiary institution in South Africa (University, TVET, private FET college, or higher educational institution)
  • You must NOT be in receipt of any other bursary funding
  • You must intend on following a career within the ISP (Internet Service Provider) sector
  • Preference will be given to students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds

BURSARY COVERAGE:

The bursary will be awarded to students who are either currently studying, or plan to study, towards a field of study related to ICT (Information and Communications Technology).

METHOD OF APPLICATION

1) Register an account here: https://ispa.org.za/inspires/user/register
2) Wait for the confirmation email which will contain your login details
3) Login here using your email address and password: https://ispa.org.za/inspires/user/login
4) Fill in the online application form
5) Upload your supporting documentation
6) Wait for feedback on your application

Please note: you may save your application and login to return to it, but make sure that you submit your application before the deadline stipulated below.
 

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

  • Full academic record, including most recent results (certified copy)
  • Education background: details about your education, including school, higher institutions, qualifications, and year/s completed
  • Name of institution where you will study and proposed course
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivational letter explaining why you deserve to be awarded the bursary
  • Contactable references, including: name, contact details and relation to you (employer, teacher etc)

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.