The 2025 Sappi Bursary Opened

Sappi has opened its 2025 Bursary program and is inviting all interested applicants to apply using the details below. Interested applicants should follow the guidelines below.

CLOSING DATE: 30 September 2025.

BURSARY 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):

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 25 years old
  • You must be currently in Matric OR have completed Matric
  • You must be studying OR intend on studying full time, within one of the aforementioned fields of study
  • You must be studying OR intend on studying at an accredited university in South Africa
  • Matric students: you must have achieved a minimum result of 70% for Mathematics (NOT Mathematical Literacy)
  • Matric students: you must have achieved a minimum result of 70% for Physical Science
  • Matric students: you must have achieved a minimum result of 60% for English
  • University students: you must have achieved a minimum overall average of 70%
  • Preference will be given to students who reside in areas close to Sappi’s main business operations

BURSARY COVERAGE

The Sappi bursary programme for the 2025 academic year is for current Undergraduate students or Matric students who intend on studying, or are currently studying, within the following fields:

  • Chemical Engineering (BEng or BSc)
  • Civil Engineering (BEng or BSc)
  • Electrical Engineering (BEng or BSc)
  • Forestry and Wood Science (BSc)
  • Industrial Engineering (BEng or BSc)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BEng or BSc)
  • Mechatronics Engineering (BEng or BSc)
  • Pulp and Paper (National Diploma)

MORE ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAMME –COVERAGE VALUE & SELECTION PROCESS

The bursary will provide coverage of the following expenses: registration fees, tuition fees, prescribed textbooks, accommodation and a living allowance. The bursary value will be dependent on the students household income.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to attend an interview and psychometric assessments. If you do not receive any feedback within 14 days of the application deadline, please regard your application as unsuccessful.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Applications must be done online at: Sappi Bursary Application 2025
(Reference number: 35497)

You will be required to Register an Account before you can Login and apply.
 

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):

  • South African ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric latest results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Any other relevant academic qualification certificates (certified copies)
  • Full tertiary academic record to date, if currently at tertiary level (certified copy)
  • Proof of tertiary registration/ provisional registration (on university letterhead)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of household income/ affidavit stating total household income

CLOSING DATE

Applications must be done online at: Sappi Bursary Application 2025
(Reference number: 35497)

You will be required to Register an Account before you can Login and apply.
 

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):

  • South African ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric latest results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Any other relevant academic qualification certificates (certified copies)
  • Full tertiary academic record to date, if currently at tertiary level (certified copy)
  • Proof of tertiary registration/ provisional registration (on university letterhead)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of household income/ affidavit stating total household income

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.