2025 SOLA Bursary Opened

SOLA has opened its 2025 Bursary program and is inviting all Electrical Engineering (BEng or BSc) students to apply now. Interested applicants should apply using the details below.

Students who are entering their final year of study in 2025, in Cape Town, and are passionate about the Electrical industry should apply.

The aim of the SOLA bursary, is to encourage solar PV expertise amongst electrical engineers in South Africa.
 

MORE ABOUT THE SOLA BURSARY PROGRAMME – COVERAGE VALUE & OTHER BENEFITS

Bursary recipients will receive the following benefits:

  • Funding to cover tuition fees, up to the value of R75 000
  • The chance to partake in paid vacation work (with a stipend to cover the cost of traveling to and from the office)
  • Practical on-the-job training, assisting with solar PV designs and solar feasibility studies
  • Mentorship from an experienced Engineer, to guide you in becoming a skilled Engineer
  • Opportunities to gain knowledge and insight in to the full value chain of South Africa’s solar PV industry
  • The chance to gain exposure and network opportunities from a trusted solar PV company
  • After graduation, the offer of employment as a Graduate Engineer, on a fixed term basis

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SOLA 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 from a previously disadvantaged background
  • You must be residing in Cape Town
  • You must be studying towards an Electrical Engineering degree (BEng or BSc)
  • You must be entering your final year of study in 2025
  • You must be studying at a recognised tertiary institution in Cape Town, South Africa
  • You must have completed an assignment or project in solar PV (in your academic or personal capacity)
  • You must be willing and able to work in a dynamic, entrepreneurial and fast paced environment
  • Female students are strongly encouraged to apply

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE SOLA BURSARY

Applicants must complete the SOLA Bursary Screening Questionnaire

(The purpose of the questionnaire is to collect information and determine whether students qualify for the bursary).
 

Applicants must also submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation via email to: hireme@solagroup.co.za
Please note that the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified:

  • Curriculum Viate
  • Full academic record/ transcripts to date

CLOSING DATE FOR THE SOLA BURSARY

31 August 2025.
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)
 

CONTACT THE BURSARY PROVIDER

For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact SOLA directly:
Contact person: Nicole Muriro
Email: hireme@solgroup.co.za


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.