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Top 5 Engineering Bursaries


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Each year companies in both the public and private sector commit to providing financial aid to deserving students. This is sometimes awarded in scholarship form but more frequently through a bursary agreement.

Most companies choose to support students who pursue studies in fields related to the organisation's operations, with the aim of recruiting beneficiaries after graduation.

Here we look at the top 5 companies in the engineering sector who offer bursary opportunities to prospective engineering students.

These opportunities are presented at different times during the year and individuals seeking financial assistance should visit the Bursaries Portal all year round.

1. SASOL Bursary

The Sasol Foundation offers all-inclusive bursaries to individuals pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) qualifications.

To be considered students must have acceptance or provisional acceptance at a university for the chosen year of study.

2. SAEC Bursary

In 2019 SAEC offered approximately 30 bursaries to eligible students. The bursaries were offered in mining related disciplines and included study courses in industrial engineering and metallurgy.

3. Hatch Bursary

Hatch supports students who are interested in developing an engineering career in the consulting field.

Only students studying a BSc or BEng in chemical engineering at a recognised tertiary institution in South Africa are eligible to receive funding. Tertiary students must maintain an average academic achievement of 80% or above.

4. Aurecon Bursary

Aurecon is a global engineering and infrastructure advisory company.

The Aurecon Bursary Scheme offers motivated, high achieving scholars and students, all-round support to study engineering and advisory related degrees at accredited universities.

5. Sanral Bursary

SANRAL is committed to developing the skills of students who express an interest in studying and building a career within the civil engineering industry.

Applicants entering their first, second, third or fourth year of study may apply.

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Latest Bursaries

Flywire aims to award a total of seven scholarships of $5,000 USD each. These scholarships will be awarded across different themes. 

These are the themes:

  1. Social justice
  2. Global citizenship
  3. Global health

Closing date: 21 June 2021

Sanlam is offering bursaries to scholars who have enrolled to study actuarial science.

If you are a whiz at maths, enjoy a good challenge by solving difficult problems and are willing to remain focused and disciplined through years of studying and training, then you are just who Sanlam is looking for.

Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is a full university scholarship that provides extensive mentoring and leadership development for graduate students with a passion for teaching and education.

The Old Mutual Education Trust (OMET) applications are open to all participating union members and their dependents. The funding from this scholarship will allow for the pursuit of any tertiary qualification at one of South Africa’s public higher education institutions.

The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (OMT) awards a limited number of scholarships annually. These scholarships are for postgraduate study at public Higher Education Institutions in South Africa at Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral level.

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