At Career Wise we administer a full range of bursary offerings that cater for various financial circumstances. The obligations for each type of bursary vary and our policies ensure that there is transparency and adequate support for the success of the students. Please note the following about our bursaries:

  • only available to South African citizens and permanent residents unless otherwise stated,
  • for studies at South African public institutions,
  • for undergraduate studies only.

Our bursaries vary type and have obligations accordingly. Please see the differences below and the sponsor clients involved.


Corporate Bursaries

These are awarded by companies who are aiming to attract potential skilled employees. They are therefore offering a bursary to enable you to complete your studies but you will need to sign a contract in terms of which you undertake to work for the company on graduation. The service commitment is usually on a year for a year basis. Should you not fulfil this obligation you will be obliged to repay the bursary funding, often with interest or administration costs added. The company will be evaluate you as a potential employee so it is important to find out as much as possible about the company, the type of work you will be expected to undertake as well as where their operations are. Do not apply for a company bursary unless you are suited and committed to this work obligation. You will usually be required to complete periods of practical training during your studies. More on Corporate Bursaries
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Employee and Dependents of Employees Bursaries

These are bursaries awarded to employees who wish to further their studies with the aim of adding value to the company. Employees will need to get approval from their line managers as per the employee development plan. The dependants of employees can also awarded bursaries as per the HR policy within the company. Please note that the company HR department will first need to confirm the dependents of the employees as per their policy. More on Employee and Dependents of Employees Bursaries

Government Bursaries

Government’s has stated it's objective to increase the number of graduates in the scarce skills disciplines and a such have various bursaries. These bursaries are offered on the basis of academic merit, proof of registration in a scarce skills discipline and financial need. There is no specific employment contract attached to the bursary but candidates are required to sign an obligation to work in South Africa and sometimes in a specific sector on graduation. There are no work or training opportunities attached to these bursaries. They simply provide funding. More on Government Bursaries