Industrial Dev’t Corporation (IDC) Bursary 2025

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Bursary 2025 has been opened and all interested applicants should apply before the deadline below.

The Industrial Development Corporation is a national development finance institution whose primary objectives are to contribute to the generation of balanced, sustainable economic growth in Africa, and to the economic empowerment of the South African population.

IDC bursaries are awarded for 1 year of study at a time and are renewable each year, subject to submission of a progress report from the institution.

Once students have graduated, they will be required to work for IDC for an amount of time equal to that of their bursary awarded.

ENDING DATE: This Bursary will end on 30 November 2025.

LOCATION: South Africa

BURSARY REQUIREMENTS:

All interested applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements before applying:

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must reside in South Africa
  • You must be under 25 years of age
  • You must have completed Matric OR must currently be in Matric
  • You must be studying or intend on studying full time within one of the aforementioned fields of study, in 2025
  • You must be studying or intend on studying at a recognised public University, University of Technology or TVET College in South Africa (studies at private institutes are not covered)
  • You must have achieved a minimum “B” symbol/ 75% for Mathematics and Science in Matric
  • You must have achieved a minimum overall “C” symbol/ 65% average, if currently studying
  • You must have passed all courses registered for, if currently studying
  • You must NOT be in receipt of any other funding from a bursary or employer
  • You must have proven financial need – based on total household income
  • Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Preference will be given to students residing in rural communities areas

BURSARY COVERAGE:

This Bursary covers for the following expenses: tuition fees, prescribed books, accommodation, meals, a laptop and an allowance.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

All Applicants must apply online at IDC Bursary Application 2025.

Remember to add the following documents when applying:

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Grade 11 final results AND Matric June results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Latest academic results, if not studying this year (certified copy)
  • Full tertiary academic record, if currently at tertiary level (certified copy)
  • Proof of acceptance or provisional admission at an approved institute (on institutions letterhead)
  • Proof of registration, latest fee statement and latest academic progress report, if currently studying (on institutions letterhead)
  • Parents/ guardians proof of income (latest payslips if employed/ sworn affidavit or financial statements if self-employed/ sworn affidavit or death certificate if deceased/ divorce certificate if divorced/ sworn statement if separated) (certified copies)

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.