SAIRR’s bursary program can be dated as far back as 1935. Students like Nelson Mandela gained bursaries through them and all bursary candidates from the late 1940 have served South Africa well in all fields and have only been a proud part of the South African heritage. From 1980, more than 3657 students have received bursaries and graduated in fields like Science & Engineering, Business & Commerce, Medicine, Health Science & Dentistry, Education, Law and also Arts to name but the most prominent. In 2010, thirty candidates graduated in that year alone. High percentages of bursaries are awarded to black South African’s and the company has spent more than R221 Million on bursaries.
SAIRR invites candidates to apply for bursaries every year whether you are a Grade 12 student or already learning at an accredited higher learning institute in South Africa. Candidates studying at any University, The University of Technology or one of the accredited Colleges throughout South Africa are free to apply in any field of study. They prefer the Engineering fields and preference will be given to previously disadvantaged South African candidates.
Applicants will have to contact SAIRR directly to find out what costs are covered by the bursaries available each year. They do have a preference for engineering field of study and also encourages candidates to find employment in the Metal or Engineering sectors after successful completion of studies.
SAIRR Bursaries Available
SAIRR can be contacted for more information on available bursary fields but here is a list of the most common bursary fields that they offer candidates:
Most of these fields are for BEng or BSc
SAIRR Bursaries Requirements
Candidates wanting to apply will also need to meet the following criteria:
Successful completion of Grade 12 / Matric
Matric candidates must have Mathematics as a top subject
Matric candidates must have Science as a top subject
Post Matric must provide Matric Certification with high results
Must be a South African citizen
Must hold a valid South African ID document
Must be studying full-time at one of the accredited institutes of higher learning
Must have applied at one of the accredited institutes of higher learning and must have proof of acceptance
Must meet the Academic requirements
Must proof the need for financial assistance
After the closing date has been reached the institute will review all online applications and compose a short list there off for candidates that may be awarded bursaries. The candidates on the shortlist will then be contacted by the institute and further documentation will be supplied to these candidates. These candidates need to complete the forms received and have them submitted to the institute no later than the middle of November each year.