Sappi Bursary Scheme 2023

Closing Date:

Bursary Details

Sappi awards a number of bursaries each year based on our annual skills audit and business needs. 

Our bursary scheme is intended to cater for talented and innovative young South African citizens.

It is a talent-based approach where applicants who meet the minimum criteria are invited to a selection interview.

School leavers or university students between 18 - 25 years old who are studying or intending to study full time at any South African accredited university in one of the following fields:

  • Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science – Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science – Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science – Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science – Industrial Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science – Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science – Mechatronics
  • Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science – Forestry and Wood Science
  • National Diploma – Pulp and Paper
  • National Diploma in Forestry 

Closing date for the 2022 academic year: 30 September 2022 

Candidate Requirements

  • South African citizenship
  • An average of 70% in Mathematics (not Maths Literacy), 70–80% in Physical Science and 60% in English and
  • Qualifying points for entrance at the university or acceptance confirmation
  • Current university results will be considered for undergraduate students. 

Note that preference will be given to learners with an average of 75% and above in Mathematics and Physical Science.



Bursary Enquiries

For application queries please contact us on: +27 11 407 8111 or

Conditions of Bursary

The bursary period is open from 01 April to 30 September and the recruitment cycle takes place between October and November every year.

How to Apply

Please attach the following documentation:

  • A copy of your matric certificate and any other academic qualifications you may have
  • Proof of your registration or provisional registration at an academic institution
  • A copy of your academic record to date
  • A recent curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A copy of your South African identity document
  • Proof of income or an affidavit stating your total household income.

Please note that preference will be given to applicants who live in areas adjacent to our main business operations.



Field of Study: Geography Archaeology & Environmental Studies Engineering & the Built Environment Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Civil & Environmental Engineering Mechanical Industrial & Aeronautical Engineering Engineering


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