UKZN College of Agriculture, Engineering, and Science Bursaries Opened 2025

All Interested Applicants are warmly welcome to apply for the UKZN College of Agriculture, Engineering, and Science Bursaries program 20252. Use the details below on how to apply and the application closing date.

Bursary Application closing date: 15 August 2025

The University of KwaZulu-Natal College of Agriculture, Engineering, and Science (CAES) is inviting students to apply for bursaries for the 2025 academic year.

These bursaries are made possible due to the generous donations of various donors. The College will be awarding numerous bursaries to Postgraduate students, for studies towards the following qualifications:

Agricultural or Agriculture Management (MSc)

  • Donor: Donald Moore
  • Number of bursaries available: 2
  • Value of the bursary: R45 845 each

Horticulture (MSc or PhD)

  • Donor: John Travers
  • Number of bursaries available: 2 (1 for Masters of Science, and 1 for PhD studies)
  • Value of the bursary: R34 422

Engineering (excludes Mechanical Engineering) (MScEng)

  • Donor: TB Davis
  • Number of bursaries available: 1
  • Value of the bursary: R20 287

Mechanical Engineering (MScEng or PhD)

  • Donor: Reino Stegan
  • Number of bursaries available: 4 for Masters of Science in Engineering (MScEng) and for 4 Doctoral (PhD) studies
  • Value of the bursary: MscEng: R50 000 each, and PhD: R55 000 each

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):

Agriculture or Agricultural Management:

  • Must be a South African student
  • Must be currently registered at the University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Must be currently registered for one of the following qualifications: MSc in Agriculture or MSc in Agricultural Management
  • Must have a credit weight average in Honours of at least 75%

Horticulture:

  • Must currently be registered for one of the following qualifications: MSc or PhD in Horticulture
  • Must have a credit weighted average of at least 75% in your previous degree

Engineering (Excluding Mechanical Engineering):

  • Must be an engineering graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Must be currently registered for an MScEng qualification (excluding MScEng Mechanical Engineering)
  • Must have a credit weighted average of at least 75% in your BScEng degree

Mechanical Engineering:

  • Must be registered for one of the following qualifications: MScEng or PhD in Mechanical Engineering
  • Must have a credit weight average of at least 75% in your previous degree
  • Preference will be given to graduates of University of KwaZulu-Natal

How to apply

Students who meet the eligibility criteria can apply by submitting clear copies of the following documentation (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • Cover letter, which must include the following: which bursary you are applying for and why you would a suitable candidate for this programme, how you meet the eligibility criteria, and any other bursaries or scholarships you currently hold and the amount
  • Proof of registration at UKZN
  • Latest academic record

Notes:
1) All your documentation should be complete and in one PDF file. Please label your file with your surname and student number (e.g. Surname_123456789)
2) There is no application form – students only need to submit the above documents to apply.

Applications must be submitted electronically via email to Ms Maju Radebe: radebem3@ukzn.ac.za
(Insert the words “UKZN Bursary Application” in the email subject line).


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.