Nelson Mandela University NMU Medical School Bursaries or Scholarship

Nelson Mandela University NMU Medical School Bursaries or Scholarship


Financial Aid

PO Box 77000

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Port Elizabeth


Tel: 041 504 1111


Please include your student number in all correspondence.

Although great care has been taken in the compilation of this booklet, the university cannot accept responsibility for any inaccuracies that may appear in it. Information has been supplied by the sponsors of the bursaries and enquiries should be directed to the contacts supplied by the sponsors.

Official provisions and conditions for bursaries

Bursaries are awarded on the basis of an application made by the student, and not automatically. Contact details of the donors or administrators of bursary funds have been made available in this booklet in order that students might enquire regarding the application processes for specific bursaries.

Should any portion of the student’s studies have been conducted at another university, the relevant academic record must accompany the application, when applying for bursaries administered by NMMU.

No incomplete or late forms will be accepted.

Students who cancel their studies could forfeit bursaries that have been awarded to them. The university may claim reimbursement of the amount paid out to the student.

Before submitting an application, students should ensure that they are eligible according to the criteria specified by the funder.

Closing dates

Applications should be made in the year prior to the studies for which the bursary is required, by the closing date supplied in the information for each bursary.

NMU Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship

NMMU’s Vice-Chancellor introduced a premier scholarship to attract top achievers in the country to register for an NMMU undergraduate programme of their choice. The scholarship, currently valued at R89 000 per annum is awarded to between 25 and 30 candidates each year. The scholarship is renewable for each year of a first NMMU undergraduate degree or diploma, provided that the student continues to render excellent academic performance.

Candidates must achieve an Academic Point Score (APS) of 49 or more in their final grade 12 examination in order to be considered for this scholarship. Applications must be submitted on the prescribed application form to the Marketing & Corporate Relations office on or before the closing date. Candidates may also be nominated by their School Principal or by a Dean of an NMMU faculty. T’s & C’s apply.

For more information, contact Mr Bernard Piater at Marketing & Corporate Relations on Tel: (041) 504 3430 or


National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

NSFAS is a government loan scheme, with the added incentive of a bursary conversion (maximum of 40%) depending on academic performance.

The purpose of these loans is to assist students who have the academic potential to succeed, but who do not have the financial means to gain access to tertiary institutions. The loan is determined according to a means test. As loans do not necessarily cover all costs, students are encouraged to seek additional funding from other sources. The family is also expected to make a contribution towards the student’s studies.

Academically deserving and financially needy students have the opportunity to apply for a loan from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), part of which can be converted to a bursary, subject to academic results.

Loans do not always cover tuition fees and other study costs in full. The amount of the loan is determined, interalia, by the family’s financial need and the student’s cost of study.

NSFAS Applications

Applications for financial assistance from NSFAS must me made on the NSFAS website ( Full details regarding applications are available on the NSFAS website.

Students are advised to retain the confirmation slip as proof that they have submitted on a certain date.

Awaiting the outcome of the application does not relieve students of the obligation to settle their debt by the due dates. Students applying for assistance should not assume that the application will be successful.

Recipients of NSFAS loans are exempted from paying the initial tuition payments, provided that written confirmation of financial assistance is received prior to registration and that the amount exceeds the required initial payment.

The cancellation of studies/modules will result in the reversal of the bursary/loan allocations and the student will be liable for the entire account balance. Refunding of credit balances is not allowed.

NMU Merit Bursaries


Matriculants automatically qualify for a Scholar Merit Award based on their final Grade 12 results. The award is for one year only. No application form is required as the university identifies these students based on the final matric results of students accepted by the university as supplied by the Department of Education. Prospective students can also hand in a copy of their final matric results to the Financial Aid office.


} Grade 12 must have been completed not earlier than in the two years preceding registration at NMMU. } Prospective students must be enrolling for the first time at a university. Only South African citizens qualify. See our website for details:


Calculation of merit points is the total of the points allocated per subject to a maximum of seven subjects. See our website for details:


Head prefects of schools (or LRC President in cases of no Head prefect) qualify for R4 000 meeting the required criteria found on our website (


NMMU students automatically qualify for merit bursaries at the end of each academic year of their undergraduate studies. These awards are based on the examination results of the full academic year. Qualifying students are notified before registration i n t he following year o f study. N o a pplication i s required as students are identified for these awards, using the following criteria, i.e. Students must have:

}passed all modules registered for first time round;

}been registered for a minimum relative course weight of at least .800 (or 96 credits);

}have attained a weighted average mark of at least 70%

See our website for an explanation on how to calculate your marks.

NB: Exempted courses are not included in the minimum relative course weight/credit value for merit award purposes.

The value of the bursary is not a fixed amount and is determined by the available budget;

}These awards are for undergraduate studies, with the exception of students continuing with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, LLB (BCom Law students) or a first BTech qualification.

}Students in their final year of undergraduate study do not qualify for a merit award at the end of their final year.

}These awards are administered by the Financial Aid Office. Students intending to register forhonours studies must contact the Research Office regarding bursaries and merit awards.


The NMMU Sport Bureau offers sport bursaries of varying amounts to sport performers who have demonstrated the ability to play sport at a high level of competition. Sport bursaries are awarded to students by the Sports Bureau. Application forms are available from their office.

Closing date: 30 September

Bursary application forms can be obtained from the Sport Bureau:


Tel: 041 504 2555 or 041 504 2165


Recipients of NMMU bursaries are excluded from paying the tuition initial payments, provided that written confirmation of financial assistance is received prior to registration and that the amount exceeds the required initial payment.

The cancellation of studies/modules will result in the reversal of the bursary allocations and the student will be liable for the entire account balance. Refunding of credit balances are subject to confirmation by fund administrators.

Bursaries awarded by sponsors

Abe Bailey Travel Bursary

The bursaries are awarded each year and cover the cost of an all-expense paid, three week educational tour of England and Scotland.

The objective of this bursary is to:

}broaden the views of young South Africans

}effect greater understanding and co-operation among those with various language and cultural backgrounds

}enable OUTSTANDING South African students as well as junior lecturers who show exceptional leadership qualities and a strong service ethic,

•to foster enterprise, commitment and effective participation in a common future

•to promote South African unity.

The credo of the Abe Bailey Trust is:

“Leadership Development with the emphasis on Nation Building”

The following conditions apply:

}Nominees shall be students of not less than two years standing or members of the staff of junior lecturer status;

}Nominees must be of South African nationality;

}Nominees must be aged 25 or younger at the start of the tour;

}Applicants should have a sound academic record;

}Applicants must have been involved in leadership roles within the university, schools and/or community;

}Applications will be subjected to a selection process.


}A personal letter of motivation as to why you are applying.

}A recent CV.

}Three recent letters of reference.

}Copies of ID, matric certificate and university academic record.

}Details of leadership roles in the community, at school and university.

Only one award is made per institution.

Closing date: 30 April

Apply to: NMU Financial Aid Office

Adams & Adams

Who can apply?

Deserving students from previously disadvantaged communities studying LLB.

Applications should be accompanied by a comprehensive CV, certified copies of ID, matric certificate and full academic record, under cover of an introductory letter.

Apply to: The HR Manager, Bursaries, Adams & Adams, PO Box 1014, Pretoria, 0001.

E-mail: or Fax: 012 362 6439


Who can apply?

Bachelor of Commerce: Major in Accounting with the prospect of qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA). Must have a C-average at the end of matric and have completed the first year of study.

BSc Engineering (Metallurgical, Chemical, Industrial, Mechanical or Clinical): Must have completed the first year of study.

Please ensure that your CV/resume provides the following information: name, postal address, email address, telephone numbers, academic records (including school and university, study disciplines and results)

Closing date: 31 July

Apply to: or fax to 086 673 6424

Anglo Platinum Bursary Scheme

Who can apply?

Only South African citizens/residents are eligible.

Undergraduate study in the following fields:

Accounting/Finance, Analytical Chemistry, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Geology.

A comprehensive post-study training programme will provide graduates with the experience, skills and confidence to cope with later

appointments to managerial positions. They will be required to work for the company for an equivalent number of years to that for which they received sponsorship.

The bursary covers full tuition, full residence fees/allowance, book allowance, once-off computer allowance, personal allowance and medical aid.

Closing date: 15 May

Apply: Online at > careers or

E-mail: or Addressed to HR

P O Box 450, Kroondal, 0350 Tel: 014 596 0190/0333

ASF Johnson-Parr Trust

Who can apply?

This bursary aims to afford a needy deserving child in Nelson Mandela Bay the opportunity of obtaining a university education. The award is made based on the applicant’s qualities of leadership, application and ability for higher education, rather than academic distinction alone.

Closing date: 31 January

Apply to: Lynn Harris, Standard Executors & Trustees,

Port Elizabeth branch. Tel: 041 391 2711, Fax: 041 391 2227,


Athlone Institute Bursary Project Fund

Who can apply?

Bursaries available annually on application, to senior students (2nd, 3rd year etc), and bursary loans available to first-year students who are permanent residents of Paarl or Mbekweni.

Bursary amount: Variable annually

Closing date: 9 February

Apply to: The Secretary, Athlone Institute Bursary Project Fund, PO Box 846, Huguenot, Paarl, 7645.

Tel: 021 862 7777, E-mail:

Attorneys Fidelity Fund

Who can apply?

Bursaries are available for 3rd and 4th year LLB students. Preference will be given to applicants in serious financial need, although outstanding academic merit will be taken into consideration. The bursary shall only be applied towards tuition fees and may be awarded for a maximum period of two years. The Fund will determine the amount.

Closing date: 15 August

Apply to: Attorneys Fidelity Fund (Bursary applications), PO Box 3062, Cape Town, 8000.

Tel: 021 424 5351 E-mail:

Aurecon South Africa

Who can apply:

Civil engineering students. Matriculants must have at least C symbols in Maths and Science.

Closing date: 31 July

Apply to: Aurecon SA (Pty) Ltd, PO Box 905, Pretoria, 0001

Tel: 012 427 2186


BKS Inc Bursary Fund

Who can apply?

Civil, mechanical and electrical engineering students. Awarded on academic merit. Service obligation after completion of studies.

Closing date: 30 June

Apply to: Personnel Officer, BKS Inc Bursary Fund, PO Box 31865, Braamfontein, .

BOE bursaries

ALEC BROOK bursaries

Applications are invited from matriculants and undergraduates presently studying Engineering.

Who can apply?

Special consideration will be given to children of parents residing in Nelson Mandela Bay and surrounding districts.

A high standard of academic achievement is indicated.

Application forms may be obtained from the Administrators of the Trust and must be submitted before the closing date on 30 September.


For English-speaking SA male students for any degree at a university in South Africa. Must be an active communicant and a recognised member of a church belonging to the Anglican Communion, under 25 years of age, be predominantly of British descent and in need of financial assistance.

Closing date: 31 July


For SA students to study at any higher education institution in South Africa. Preference given to those from the Mossel Bay, George, Great Brak River and Knysna areas.

Closing date: 31 December


For Jewish SA students study for any degree at a university in South Africa. Closing date: 31 October


For SA students to study for any degree at a university in South Africa. Must be of Christian faith, under 25 years of age and have matriculated in the Western Cape.

Closing date: 15 September


For SA students to study law at any university in South Africa. Closing date: 31 October


Apply to: Charitable Trusts, BOE Trust Ltd, P O Box 86, Cape Town, 8000.

Tel: 021 416 6000

Cape Wools Scheme

Who can apply:

Bursaries are available to South African students enrolling for a qualification appropriate for formal employment in the South African wool industry.

These include animal science, business/marketing disciplines and wool textile science/ technology, clothing design, manufacturing and marketing.

Apply to: General Manager, Cape Wools SA Bursary Fund, PO Box 2191, North End, PE, 6056.

Tel: 041 484 4301

Fax: 041 484 6792

CETA Bursary Scheme

The Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) is committed to support tertiary education in the Construction Sector by offering bursaries to first-year and continuing students pursuing careers that will benefit the construction sector. There are limited number of bursaries in the following disciplines:

(Degree, Diploma and B.Tech qualifications)

Architecture, Civil Engineering, Construction Studies/Management, Geomatic, Land & Quantity Surveying, Town/Urban and Regional Planning, BA Building Arts

Selection Criteria:

60% Grade 12 academic achievement, with Mathematics and Physical Science both at Level 5 and above

No bursaries will be granted to existing students who are not promoted to the next year of study and have failed more than two subjects;

Applications from designated groups will be given preference

Successful applicants will be required to work in the South African construction industry for at least three (3) years upon qualifying.

Closing date: 31 August

Apply to:

Interested/qualifying students should download the application form from the website (, complete the application and submit with supporting documentation to: CETA Bursary Administrators, PO Box 644, Bedfordview, 2008.

Tel: 011 265 5900


Charles & Jessie Hills Trust Scholarship

Students enrolled for the following courses:

BEng Mechatronics

ND + BTech: Architectural Technology (Applied Design)

ND + BTech: Architectural Technology (Technology)

ND + BTech: Interior Design

ND + BTech: Engineering (all fields)

ND + BTech: Engineering (Operations Management)

ND + BTech: Construction Management

ND + BTech: Quantity Surveying


under 25 years of age

second year or higher students

full-time student

require financial assistance

minimum of 60% in all modules for previous year

diligent and display professional conduct

ability to apply himself/herself to make a success of studies & career

must indicate clearly on the application form what other bursaries have been applied for and/or received

Closing date: 31 October

Apply to: NMMU Financial Aid Office, Tel: 041 504 2550

Chartis & Barnes Bursary

Study Field: Accounting

Who can apply:

Students from the 2nd year onwards, who are studying towards a BCom degree which leads to qualification as a Chartered Accountant. Preference will be given to applicants from the Eastern Cape with an excellent academic record.


SA universities whose degree programme is accredited by SAICA.

Closing date: 31 July annually

Apply to: The Bursary Officer, Charteris & Barnes, PO Box 137, Queenstown, 5320.

Amount: Up to R24 000 per annum dependent upon merit

Terms: Successful applicant will be expected to serve articles with the firm

Charles Bryars Scholarship Bursary

Who can apply:

Students above practical Grade 7 (music exams) may audition for the bursary.

Closing date: Auditions are held in April

Apply to: NMMU School of Music

Tel:041 504 4235

Department of Education Bursaries

Bursaries administered by NMMU – FUNZA LUSHAKA Bursary

These bursaries are for students entering the teaching profession. The value of these bursaries is R 56 000 per annum, renewable on academic progress. Students taking up the Funza Lushaka bursary are required to teach one year for every year of the bursary. The Department of Education reserves the right to place students/teachers where there is a need. Further particulars and application forms are available from the Education Faculty on the South Campus, NMMU, or the Department of Education website.

Closing date: Towards end of academic year

Contact person: Muriel Geswindt, Tel: 041 504 2387

Department of Social Development Bursaries

These bursaries are for students entering the Social Work profession. Students taking up the Social Development bursary are required to work one year for every year of the bursary for the Department of Social Development.

Application forms can be obtained from the National or Provincial Departments of Social Development, or from the NMMU Social Development department, tel. 041 504 2353.

Closing date: 31 October

Disability Bursaries / NSFAS

Bursaries are available for disabled students. For further information please contact the NMMU disability officer Ruth Barends

Tel: 041 504 2562

Application is made on the NSFAS website. or an application form can be downloaded and sent to the NSFAS office in Cape Town.

Department of Water Affairs & Forestry

Candidates to apply for diploma/degree bursaries to pursue full-time studies in the mentioned occupational classes at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in the following fields of study:

ND and BEng. Civil

(preferably final-year, not exclusive of other years)

ND and BEng. Mechanical (preferably final-year/S4, not exclusive to other years)

ND and BEng. Electrical (Heavy Current, preferably final-year/S4 not exclusive of other years)

The bursaries cover registration fees; tuition and examination fees; books and equipment fees; monthly living allowance; as well as residence.

To be eligible for a bursary from the Department for the above-mentioned qualifications, applicants must satisfy the following conditions:

Only SA citizens may apply;

Currently studying at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University;

Must be destitute students who have no bursaries or sponsors;

Be willing to sign a contract to be accommodated by the Department

in its Learning Academy for a minimum period of 3 years and to abide by the terms of such a contract.

For enquiries and application forms, please contact the relevant Faculty head / bursary office on campus or Tel: 041 504 4593.

Applications are available annually as from 1st September.


Who can apply?

Students studying for a CA qualification.

Closing date: None, but students are encouraged to apply early in the year.

Apply: Online at

Contact: 0861 225 538

Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries

Who can apply?

Grade 12 learners with Maths and Science

Undergraduate students

Fields of Study:

Agricultural studies, Plant pathology, Viticulture, Pomology, Agriculaural economics, Food science/technology, Bio-Technology,

Forestry, BAgric (Plant Pathology), BSc Bio-Resource Engineering (Agricultural Engineering), BSc Forest, ND: Food Technology, ND: Forestry

Closing date: 30 September

Apply to:

The Director, Department. of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (Education & Training) Directorate Education, Training and extension Services, Private Bag X250, Pretoria, 0001.

Department of Co-operative Governance

The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (DCoG) is one of the critical government departments responsible for ensuring that Provincial and Local Governments deliver on their respective mandates pertaining to service delivery. The department of DCoG strives for excellence in the context of service delivery and skills development and encourages historically disadvantaged undergraduates to apply.

The Department offers bursaries in the following disciplines:

Civil Engineering


Eligibility: Matriculants meeting the minimum requirements and undergraduate students, must be SA citizens.

Requirements: Applicants must be Matriculants with a C(5) symbol for Maths, Science and English, who have been admitted to the above- mentioned fields of study and who come from households with a combined total annual income of less than R40 000.

Enquiries: Ms Fortune Makhubu, Tel: (012) 334-4994 or Ms Charlotte

Sebego Tel: (012) 334-0531

Note: Applications should be accompanied by certified copies of a South African Identity Document, Grade 12/academic records, latest proof of parents income, affidavit of unemployed parents and admission letter/ proof of registration. Incomplete applications, non-submission of the required documents and/or applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Closing date: 21 February

Apply to: Applications forms may be obtained at

Please submit your application, quoting the relevant area of discipline, for the attention of Ms Fortunate Makhubu at

Office W504, 509 Pretorius Street, Pencardia 1, Arcadia or post to Private Bag X804, Pretoria 0001.

Department of Health (DoH) Nursing bursary and other Health courses

For students enrolled for Nursing studies i.e. B-Cur

Further details available from the Nursing Department, NMMU, Tel: 041 504 2122.

Department of National Treasury

Who can apply:

Only qualifications with the following major subjects will be considered: Economics, Taxation, Accounting, Finance, Public Finance, Computer Science/Information Systems, Corporate Governance, Statistics/ Mathematics, Social Policy/Development Economics, Econometrics.

Grade 12 applicants must have an aggregate of 60% or higher, university students 65%+

Closing date: 30 September

Apply to: Director, Talent Management, National Treasury, Private Bag X115, Pretoria, 0001.

E-mail: or Tel: 012 395 6584.


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Engen Bursaries

Are you eager to further your studies and in need of financial assistance?

Who can apply:

BSc Chemical Engineering : 1st and 3rd year only

BSc Mechanical Engineering: 1st and 3rd year only

BSc Electrical Engineering: 1st year only

BCom Accounting: 1st year and 2nd year only

BCom IT: honours level only

BSc IT: 2nd and 3rd year only

Essential requirements:

Senior Certificate (Grade 12) with minimum Level 5 in relevant subjects

Good academic results with a minimum 65% average (for applicants already at university)

High achiever

South African citizenship

Preferably a previously disadvantaged background

If you meet our requirements and would like to pursue studies in one of the above disciplines, forward a concise CV, with copies of all relevant results and/or certificates, and clearly quote Reference Number BUR0002, to MM Labour

Applications close: 30 June

Apply to: MM Labour Consultants

Fax: 021 448 9143 • E-mail:

Kindly do not contact ENGEN directly.


Who can apply?

South African citizens in any one of the following fields:

Engineering / Computer Science, BCom Accounting/ Economics,Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current)

Learners currently doing year S1, S2 & S3

Closing date: 14 September

Apply to: ESKOM HR, Private Bag X1, Beacon Bay, 5205.

Fax applications with academic records to: Nonzuzo Zondani at 086 538 6874

Contact person: Nonzuzo Zondani Tel: 043 704 1043 or


Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (FPE)

Who can apply?

Pharmacy students from 2nd year onwards.

Closing date: 31 December

Apply to: FPE, PO Box 26039, Arcadia, 0007.

Application forms are available at

Fresinius Kabi Manufacturing (FKMSA)

FKMSA offers bursaries for the following fields of study:

Who can apply?

BPharm degree students who have passed their first year and been accepted for second year.

BSc (Chemistry) degree students who have passed first year and been accepted for second year.

National Diploma in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering students who have passed and completed semesters one and two.

Conditions: These bursaries are conditional on a good academic pass rate into the 2nd year (degrees)/3rd semester (diplomas) and a service contract with Bodene, namely one year’s service with Bodene for each year of the bursary, an internship at Bodene, and experiential learning at Bodene as per Bodene bursary agreement.

Closing date: 14 September of the candidate’s first year of study.

Apply to: Derek Bouwer, Bodene.


Tel: 041 403 1604 Fax 041 451 1638

GROUP FIVE Bursary programme

GROUP FIVE is offering bursaries in the following disciplines:

Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Construction Management and Quantity Surveying.

Closing Date: 31 July

To apply: Send your CV and statement of results to:

Grahamstown Foundation Bursaries and Scholarships


Arts: R2000 p/a for 3 years (dependent on academic progress). Available to school-leavers who will enter a first degree course majoring in English. Applicants must be a citizen of, and resident in, South Africa. Candidates will be selected on Matric symbols (or provisional Matric results), motivation and the field of study.


Postgraduate study in the performing arts, ballet, speech and drama, music and fine art. Candidates will be selected on academic merit, qualities of character, motivation and field of study. Applicants must be a citizen of, and resident in, South Africa. No other bursary, scholarship or paid appointment may be held without the agreement of the foundation.

Closing date: 31 October

Apply to: The Scholarship & Bursaries Officer, PO Box 304, Grahamstown, 6140.

GCR Academy bursary fund

Applications are invited for the GCR Academy bursary. The bursary will provide financial assistance for the education, training and skill development of historically disadvantaged Gauteng residents who are considering a career in the following areas:

Engineering ( all fields )

Land Surveying/Regional Town Planning

Computer Science

Chartered Accountancy

Economic/Financial Information Systems


Commerce/Public Financial Management

Quantity Surveying

Sports Science/Psychology

Actuarial Sciences

Water Reticulation

Built Environment


Preference will be given to learners with excellent results.

Application forms are obtainable at the Gauteng Shared Services Centre, 78 Fox Street, Standard Bank Building, Lower Ground Floor.

Closing Date: 20 October

Applicants must forward their applications directly to:

Gauteng Shared Services, Private Bag X117, Marshalltown, 2107 or above the street address.

Enquiries: Lydia Mathinya 011 556 9001,


Human Settlements Scholarship

Applications are invited from well performing matriculants nationwide who wish to further their studies and pursue careers within the broader human settlements related fields with studies commencing in the academic year.

The Scholarship will assist the Department to contribute towards the creation and acquisition of scarce and critical skills in South Africa.

Civil Engineering

Town and Regional Planning


Architectural Technology

Construction Management

Project Management


Property Economics

Quantity Surveying

Landscape Technology

Urban and Rural Studies

Construction Science

Building Surveying

Development Planning

Land Surveying

Landscape Architecture

Environmental Studies

Application forms can be obtained from the Provincial Human Settlements offices or from the website:

Closing date: 18 October

All enquiries should be forwarded Human Settlements Scholarship Programme,

Postal Address: Human Settlements Scholarship Programme, Department of Human Settlements, Private Bag x 644, Pretoria, 0001. Physical Address: 539 Church Street, Struktura Building, 1st floor, Arcadia, Pretoria for the attention of Ms Diana Lekoma.

Tel: 012 444 5021/5013/5022/5028

Toll free: 0800 1 468733/0800 1 HOUSE

Correspondence will be limited to successful candidates only.

Investec Merit bursary

Bursaries towards tuition (up to a maximum of R15 000) will be awarded to Grade 12 learners for study at NMMU, in either the BCom (Accounting for Chartered Accountants) or BCom Rationum programmes – based on Academic merit and Financial need.

Closing date: 30 September

Application forms/further information available from: Bashlique Hayes, Tel: 041 504 2904

HCI bursary

Bursary applies to all fields of undergraduate studies

Closing date: 30 September

Apply to: can be done online at

Highveld Steel

Who can apply: Engineering students (Mechanical and Electrical).

Closing date: 31 May

Apply to: Applications are completed on line:

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  • 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.