The 2025 Electrum Bursaries Opened

The Electrum has opened its 2025 year-round bursary program and they are inviting all applicants to apply now. All interested applicants should apply using the details below.

Electrum, a Cape Town-based tech company, provide enterprise payments technology to retailers, mobile network operators and financial institutions. One of the most successful FinTech companies in South Africa, Electrum process over a billion transactions each year, with big name customers like Shoprite; Pick n Pay; Clicks; Capitec and Massmart.

ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAMME – FIELDS COVERED & COVERAGE VALUE

Electrum have 3 bursary programmes available for studies within the fields of Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related fields:

1) AAA Electrum Academic Bursary: covers studies in: Computer Science, Computer Engineering and related fields. Provides cover for the following study related expenses: tuition fees (for final year of study), textbooks, new laptop and accommodation. The bursary also provides the bursary recipient with an internship position and mentorship. Students are required to work for the company for 1 year after completing their studies.

2) All About Awesome Women in Tech Bursary: covers female students for studies in: Computer Science, Computer Engineering and related fields. Provides cover for the following study related expenses: tuition fees (for final year of study), textbooks, new laptop and accommodation. The bursary also provides the bursary recipient with assistance with CV building, coaching on interview techniques and career guidance from mentors.

3) Electrum Foundation Bursary: covers studies in: Computer Science, Computer Engineering and related fields, for students who are in financial need. Provides cover for the following study related expenses: tuition fees and textbooks.
 

MORE ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAMME – SELECTION

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to a 2 hour technical interview – if you have not received any feedback, please regard your application as unsuccessful.
 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

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):
1) AAA Electrum Academic Bursary

  • Must be studying towards a qualification in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field of study
  • Must be in your 2nd or final year of undergraduate studies or Honours year of study
  • Must be studying at Stellenbosch University or the University of Cape Town
  • Must have achieved a minimum result of 65% for all Computer Science modules
  • Must maintain a minimum overall average of 65%
  • Must have NOT failed any subjects
  • Must have good communication skills

2) All About Awesome Women in Tech Bursary

  • Must be a Female
  • Must be studying towards a qualification in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field of study
  • Must be in your 2nd or final year of undergraduate studies or Honours year of study
  • Must be studying at Stellenbosch University or the University of Cape Town
  • Must have achieved a minimum result of 65% for all Computer Science modules
  • Must have good communication skills
  • Female students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply

3) Electrum Foundation Bursary

  • Must be studying towards a qualification in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field of study
  • Must be in your 2nd or 3rd year of undergraduate studies or Honours year of study
  • Must be studying at Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, University of Western Cape, Cape Peninsula University of Technology or UNISA
  • Must NOT have the financial means to fund your studies
  • Must have good communication skills

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE BURSARY

Students who meet the above minimum requirements, can apply by submitting clear copies of the following documentation (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):

  • Latest university transcripts (on tertiary letterhead)
  • Full Curriculum Vitae

Documents must be submitted via email to: careers@electrum.co.za

Please ensure that you indicate which bursary you are applying for, by inserting one of the following into your email subject line:
1) “AAA Electrum Academic Bursary – Your Full Name”
2) “All About Awesome Women in Tech Bursary – Your Full Name”
3) “Electrum Foundation Bursary – Your Full Name”
 

CLOSING DATE

None – applications are open throughout the year.
(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 Electrum directly:
Tel: 021 448 6422
Email: careers@electrum.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.