Bursaries for South African students

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Chemical Engineering

1) Afrox Bursary

You have excelled in your first academic year. You are a well-balanced individual seeking to obtain a bursary in the fields of:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering

As a company that employs high calibre staff, we want to attract people who can contribute towards our drive to make Afrox a world-class company.

Afrox, a Linde Group company, manages a bursary scheme. Bursary recruitment is in line with the company’s needs. The bursary covers university fees, books, residence fees (including catering and laundry). A bursary is valid for one year only. Subject to academic success and performance during vacation work in Afrox, the “Young Talent Development Committee”, may renew your bursary and contract for another year. This process will .continue until you graduate.

You are required to do vacation work in Afrox during June/July and December/January university breaks. A line manager will conduct a formal performance appraisal at the end of both vacation work periods. You, in turn, will compile a presentation based on a project you will have completed during the work period. You will present it to the “Young Talent Development Committee”.

Preference is given to applicants from previously disadvantaged groups.
We constantly seek and develop the best talent to help us remain at the cutting edge

Closing date 31 July (annually)

Apply Online www.careers.afrox.co.za/#s=static&x=bursaries101

2) de Beers Engineering Bursary: Mining, Electrical (Heavy Current), Chemical, Metallurgical

Value Full tuition and residence fees plus an additional cash allowance

Duration Renewable annually for the duration of the course

Tenable Any university offering engineering

Who can apply? Preference given to students from Free State, Northern Cape and Limpopo Province. Must be enrolled in field of study Engineering / Mining, and be un-bonded.

Service contract Employment contractual obligation of one year for every year of bursary funded

Closing date 30 November annually

Apply Online www.debeersgroup.com

Address De Beers Consolidated Mines
Cnr. Crownwood Road and Diamond Drive
Theta/Booysens Reserve
Private Bag X01, Southdale 2193

Contact Tel: +27 (0) 11 374 7000, Fax: +27 (0) 11 374 7700

3) Gold Fields Mining Services Limited Bursary

About Gold Fields Limited is an unhedged, globally diversified producer of gold with eight operating mines in Australia, Ghana, Peru and South Africa. In February 2013, Gold Fields unbundled its mature, underground KDC and Beatrix mines in South Africa into an independent and separately listed company, Sibanye Gold. In October 2013, it expanded its presence in Western Australia by acquiring the Granny Smith, Lawlers and Darlot mines (known as the Yilgarn South Assets) from Barrick Gold.

Fields of study Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Environment, Finance, Geology.

Who Can Apply South African citizens under 21 during first year of study, doing a degree at recognized SA university, with good academic results

Value Registration and tuition fees, living out allowance, personal allowance towards books, study materials etc.

Duration 1 year renewable

Service Contract After completion of studies, graduates will be required to work for a period corresponding to the duration of the bursary.

Closing Date 30 June annually

Contact Details Tel: (011) 752 1145

150 Helen Road, Sandown

Bursary Administrator
Gold Fields Business and Leadership Academy (GFBLA)
Private Bag X11

4) Glencore Bursary

About We are the world’s largest exporter of seaborne thermal coal used to generate electricity and one of the largest producers of coal used to make steel and other industrial applications. Our headquarters are in Sydney and we have interests in over 30 open cut and underground coal mines in Australia, South Africa and Colombia and exploration projects in British Columbia, Canada.

Fields of study Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Mining, Finance, Geology.

Who Can Apply Minimum Requirements: In determining successful candidates, a combination of the following criteria will be applied: In line with the Company’s Social and Labour Plans, successful candidates will come from the local communities where Glencore Coal South Africa owned and managed operations are located; The ability of the parents/guardians to fund tertiary education; and Matric results. Engineering disciplines candidates must obtain a minimum rating of 6 (70%-79%) in mathematics and science, 5 (60%-69) English and as per requirement of institutions The candidates must obtain a minimum rating 5 (60%-69%) in Mathematics, Accounting and English to be considered in Finance Successful candidates will be required to sign a service obligation with Glencore Coal SA Successful candidates must be in possession of a valid certificate of fitness or be fit enough to obtain one prior to the commencement of Bursary Award.

Available to hard-working students who are in financial need.

Opening Date 01 May annually

Contact Tel: +27 11 772 0600

Coal South Africa
1st Floor, 23 Melrose Boulevard
Melrose Arch, Melrose North 2196
South Africa
PO Box 1146
Johannesburg 2000

5.) Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium

About: Evraz Highveld is part of a multinational steel and vanadium business that celebrates the talents of its diverse workforce. The efficient manufacturing of our products, which have been used in a variety of projects, including OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg, the Soccer City stadium and Nelson Mandela Bridge, relies on the capability of our equipment. And that puts engineering at the heart of everything we do.

Metallurgical Engineering: Metal is our business, so our technologists are involved in developing and improving the quality of all our grades of steel. This is a varied role, so your remit may include plant operations and development, plant process chemistry and metallurgy and quality assurance.

Industrial Engineering: Continuous improvement is core to our business. As an industrial engineer, you will be involved in a wide variety of projects looking at the design of our business and recommending improvements.

Mechanical Engineering: As a result of our integrated iron and steel making operations, there is a vast range of equipment that you could be involved with, from cranes that carry 200 tonnes of dead weight to intricate hydraulic systems in our rolling mills. Whichever division you join, you will be part of a team that includes engineers, foremen and artisans, where you will use the latest technology to play your part in ensuring our high standards of quality, safety, cost and efficiency are met.

Electrical Engineering: Electrical engineers are central to our business needs. You could be involved in projects ranging from enhancing the automation of our key production facilities to dealing with power distribution or concentrating on general electrical systems. The size and range of our operations can offer a wide variety of challenging work.

Whichever engineering branch you are skilled for, you will need to be highly motivated, flexible and have the ability to apply your technical knowledge.

You will need to be able to demonstrate good team working skills, and the ability to solve problems. You also need to be able to show that you like to get things done, as good engineers are results driven.

If these opportunities appeal to you, we have bursaries available for individuals in their third or final year of studying for an engineering or science-based degree. You need to have good marks for your varsity course and good grades at Matric to qualify.

Who should apply?

For the academic year Annually, third or final year BEng students who achieved good year grades during varsity studies and the following grades at Matric:

Required subjects Old curriculum Symbols New curriculum Mark
Maths HG A 7
Science HG B 6
English HG C 5
  • You must have passed all courses for which you have registered at the university for the study period up to now.
  • Applications must be for full time studies towards an academic degree at an accredited South African university. Applicants must be South African citizens with a valid ID number.
  • Whilst academic qualifications are important, we are also looking for those individuals who will go on to be the leaders of the future. You must also possess the following qualities:
  • Leadership and networking skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability – the pace of change in our industry is relentless
  • Adherence to our values:
Enrichment through collaboration
Value created for our customer
Respect for people
Accountability for actions and results
Zeal for continuous improvement


EHSV reserves the right to withdraw the offer of an Evraz Highveld bursary if the candidate has performed substantially below the academic performance presented during the application process.

All applicants invited to attend an interview must be willing to undergo psychometric testing.

EHSV graduate programme application form


EHSV experiential learning application form


Tel: +27 13 690 9298

Email: Talent@evrazhighveld.co.za


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