What is a bursary/scholarship?
Bursaries or scholarships are funds (money) given so that students can study. This is money that does not have to be paid back. Some bursaries/scholarships have a condition that the students must work for the company that provided the money, after they complete their studies. A loan is when you have to pay back the money that was provided for your studies. Often interest also has to be paid on a loan – this is like the price of borrowing the money.
Who is given a bursary/scholarship?
A bursary is given for a number of reasons. Often bursaries are given to top-performing high school students to allow them to study at a tertiary institution like a university or university of technology. Bursaries can also be given to students already at university who need help with money to study further.
Information on various financial schemes (similar to bursaries) are included on this website. These consist of bursaries, scholarships, fellowships, studentships, etc.
What you will find in this section
- Information on available bursaries, including post-graduate bursaries
- Career paths explaining the different SET careers and the qualifications that you need
- Inspiring stories of people either in interesting SET careers or studying
Interested in the sciences, engineering, medical sciences, industrial design or IT studies?
There is important information that you need to know while you are still in high school. This will help you when applying for a bursary:
- Do maths (not maths literacy)
- Physical science is also an advantage
- Work especially hard and do well in Grade 11
- Apply to universities in Grade 12, using your Grade 11 results
- Apply for bursaries in Grade 12, using your Grade 11 results
- You can apply to as many universities and bursaries as you wish!
What do you need to study in the science, engineering, medicine and technology fields?
- National Senior Certificate with exemption (a bachelor’s pass)
- A good mark in maths
- Usually a good mark in physical science
- Exact marks needed depend on the particular university and course of studies