South African Road Federation Bursary opened 2025

South African Road Federation has opened a bursary program in 2025. All interested applicants should follow the details below to apply.

ABOUT THE SARF BURSARY PROGRAMME – FIELDS COVERED

Every year, the South African Road Federation invites students within the road transport sector to apply for the SARF Bursary Programme. For the 2025 academic year, bursaries will be awarded within these fields of study (National Diploma or Degree):

  • Road Transport Economics
  • Road Transport Management
  • Road Traffic Management (Accident Investigation/ Traffic Policing)
  • Road Engineering (Traffic Engineering/ Bridge Engineering/ Pavement Engineering/ Transportation Planning/ Construction Materials/ Storm Water/ Environment/ Construction Management)

MORE ABOUT THE SARF BURSARY PROGRAMME – COVERAGE VALUE & RESPONSIBILITIES

The SARF bursary is a partial bursary, to assist students with study related expenses. The bursary value will be determined based on the students needs and the Council of the Federation’s decision.

Bursary recipients will be required to:

  • Make a presentation to your Federation local branch on your subject of study
  • Submit a report of study progress every 6 months
  • Enroll as an associate members of the SARF

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SARF 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):

  • Preference will be given to South African residents, however members of SADC countries can also apply (* see note below for list of SADC countries)
  • You must be studying towards a qualification within one of the aforementioned road transport fields of study
  • You must be studying at a recognised University or the University of Technology in South Africa (or equivalent)
  • Your application must be endorsed by the correct academic authority at your selected tertiary institute
  • National Diploma students: you must have passed the first semester (S1) exams
  • Degree students: you must have passed the first year exams
  • Preference will be given to those studying at advanced levels (MTech, MSc or higher), however undergraduate students can also apply
  • Preference will be given to full-time students however part-time and distance learning students can also apply
  • Preference will be given to employees of members of the SARF
  • You must intend on working within the South African road transport industry after graduation

* The Southern African Development Community (SADC) includes 16 countries, namely: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
 

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE SARF BURSARY

Download and complete the SARF Bursary Application Form (.pdf)

Students applying in other SADC countries must apply through Road Federation or International Road Federation (Washington/ Geneva office).
 

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 be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Grade 11 year end results (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate (certified copy)
  • Proof of tertiary registration (on tertiary institution letterhead)
  • Latest tertiary results (on tertiary institution letterhead)

Applications should be submitted to the South African Road Federation Head Office, in one of the following ways:
1) Post:
P O Box 8379
Birchleigh
1621

2) Hand delivery:
South African Road Federation
48 Gladiator Street
Rhodesfield
KEMPTON PARK
1619

3) Fax: 011 394 7934
 

CLOSING DATE FOR THE SARF 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 SARF BURSARY PROVIDER

For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact The SARF directly:
South African Road Federation Head Office
Tel: 011 394 9025 / 011 394 1459
Email: sybul@sarf.org.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.