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The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA): Bursary Applications for Unemployed Learners

The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) is a Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) for the mining and minerals sector in terms of the Skills Development Act No. 97 of 1998.

The MQA would like to invite learners who are presently in Grade 12 or already studying at a public university, university of technology or a TVET college to apply for an MQA bursary for the 2022 academic year. Read more

Compensation Fund | Bursary 2022 Academic Year

Are you a(n) unemployed person who suffered an occupational injury or disease, and as a result, acquired a permanent disablement? Do you wish to improve your skills to return to work or be self-employed?
Are you a Dependant of a COID pensioner/Dependant of a COID client with a permanent disablement wanting to further your studies at a Public Post School Education and Training (PSET) Institution?
The Compensation Fund is inviting previously employed persons who suffered occupational injuries or diseases, and as a result, acquired a permanent disablement, as well as dependants of COID pensioners/dependants of COID clients with a permanent disablement, to apply to the Social Welfare and Vocational Rehabilitation Bursary Scheme for 2022 academic year.
The applicants must have been accepted at a recognised Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College, Community Education and Training (CET) College or Higher Education Institution (HEI).
Preference will be given to the unemployed personnel who have acquired a permanent disablement due to occupational injuries/ diseases, not in Employment, Education and Training (NEETs) and the dependants of COID pensioners/dependants of COID beneficiaries with a permanent disablement who excel in their studies and/or demonstrate potential.
If you do not receive any response from the Compensation Fund within two months after the phase 2 closing date, consider your application (as likely) unsuccessful.

What the bursary covers:
  • Tuition fees, Prescribed Study Material, Monthly Stipend and Accommodation (Institution accredited).
  • The award is renewable every year – for the duration of the study programme enrolled for - depending on the availability of funds and academic performance of successful applicants.


Eligibility requirements: • Unemployed Persons who have acquired permanent disablement due to occupational injuries/diseases, dependants of COID pensioners/dependants of COID beneficiaries with a permanent disablement • South African citizens • Fully completed application form • Proof of residence • COID Pension number/Claim number • Certified copies of Identity document of the applicant, parent(s) or guardians’ Identity document/death certificate (COID pensioner/COID beneficiaries with a permanent disablement not (yet) classified as COID Pensioners) • Grade 12 June results/highest school grade or qualification • Proof of acceptance/preliminary acceptance letter from public Post School Education and Training (PSET) • Students must be enrolled to study on a full-time basis, and only under exceptional circumstances students with disabilities shall be allowed to study part-time • Proof of income • Proof of unemployment letter from Department of Employment and Labour/or Affidavit • Certification and verification of physical disability by a Health Care Professional or Disability Support Office/WCL forms (Applicable to COID clients/ beneficiaries with a permanent disablement not (yet) classified as COID Pensioners) • Applicants may be subjected to a psychometric assessment.
How to apply for this bursary opportunity: Download and complete the respective bursary application form with a full list of the study fields to be funded from the website www.labour.gov.za or visit your nearest Provincial Labour Centre for the application form. Unemployed Persons who have acquired permanent disablement due to occupational injuries/diseases are not restricted on the qualifications to enrol for. Ensure that you also acquire proof of acceptance or preliminary acceptance from a recognised public training institution/Vocational Training college. For further enquiries, assistance and advice, please contact Mr Ntsodi Mafa/Mr Luyolo Fani on 012 319 9264 or send an email to cfexternalbursaries@labour.gov.za, send WhatsApp to 082 937 2062 . Targeted beneficiaries struggling to gain access to the training institutions due to the level of education and other barriers can contact our offices for advice / further assistance / organised Vocational Training.
Submit your application via:
Post Office/ Courier: The Sub – Directorate: Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Employment and Labour, Compensation Fund, Private Bag x 955, Pretoria, 0001 Or hand deliver at 167 Thabo Sehume & Madiba Street, Delta Heights Building.
Email: CFexternalbursaries@labour.gov.za

Please find application form here.

2022 OMET Applications

The Old Mutual Education Trust (OMET) was founded in April 2005 by Old Mutual as part of a BBBEE transaction with 10 unions with whom Old Mutual has a business relationship. The scholarship is open to all participating union members and their dependents. This allows for the pursuit of any tertiary qualification at one of South Africa’s public higher education institutions. OMET also supports the personal, academic and professional success of their students by providing: computers, tutoring, access to counselling services and preparation for the world of work.
What does the scholarship offer?
  • Graduates’ transition into OMET’s Alumni programme where they continue as mentors and motivators to current students
  • They will get partial funding (R65 000 in 2020) 
  • Access to tutoring support 
  • Computers to 1st year entrants into the programme 
  • A holistic student support programme focused on academic success, psychological/ emotional well-being and preparation for the world of work 
  • A peer buddy support system by senior students for 1st year students 
  • A full mentorship programme for final year students delivered by OMET Alumni

The selection process is based on the academic ability of the applicant and in cases of a tie, the field of study, financial circumstances and gender are considered. OMET has a selection committee comprised of 4 senior people within the higher education sector - this committee audits and verifies the process. Final approval for the scholarships is granted by the OMET board at an official board meeting.

The following persons may apply for the OMET scholarship:

  • A child of a member or employee (inclusive of an adopted child or a stepchild)
  • A grandchild or other child blood relation of a member or employee which is financially supported solely by the member or employee and is not older than 25 years old
  • A spouse of a member or employee or
  • Living together with the member or employee in a relationship akin to a marriage


SAAB Bursary Opportunities - 2022

At Saab, we constantly look ahead and push boundaries for what is considered technically possible. We collaborate with colleagues around the world who all share our vision – to make the world a safer place.

Here’s your chance: Saab Grintek Defence is offering bursary opportunities to innovative minds to meet global security challenges through defence solutions.

  • You must be a registered student in a relevant field of study (see preferred fields)  at a recognised South African tertiary institution
  • You must not have any other bursary for the period for which you are applying
  • You must be a South African citizen

Preferred fields of study:

  • B.Eng. Electronic Engineering
  • B.Eng. Computer Engineering
  • RF Microwave
  • B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering specialising in numerical methods (Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis)

The bursary covers:

  • Tuition Fees and Books
  • Accommodation and Meals
  • Laptop Allowance

If you are a South African citizen, seeking an opportunity to further your studies, forward your CV, certified copies of your ID and Grade 12 certificate and your most recent university results to: recruitment@za.saabgroup.com closing date 30 November 2021.   

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.


IBM PhD Fellowship application window for 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 is open

IBM is pleased to announce the 2-year, worldwide IBM PhD Fellowship application window for academic years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 is now open.

This notice may be arriving well into the application window for some of you. For those that did not receive an earlier notice, the program will extend the window by one week, to Nov 5th.

 The application and all details can be found on the  PhD Fellowship application website.  Adherence to eligibility requirements and alignment to IBM focus areas are mandatory. We urge you to read the program description and FAQs as well as preview the application and all instructions before submitting a candidate.  Incomplete applications, including those that do not submit student privacy consent forms per instructions, cannot be vetted.

U.S. country awards are $60,000 in award year one and $35,000 in award year two.
Other country awards vary between $6,000-$25,000 each award year depending on the country.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to receiving your submittals.

Additional Information:

Students must be nominated by a doctoral faculty member. The nominator provides the supporting documentation (CV, dissertation description, etc.), categorizes the student's initial career interests, and submits the nomination for evaluation.

All IBM PhD Fellowship awardees are matched with an IBM mentor according to their technical interests and are encouraged to participate in an internship at least once while completing their studies. Students receiving a comparable fellowship or internship from another company or institution during the same academic period may not be eligible for an IBM PhD Fellowship.

Students should have three years remaining in their graduate program at the time of nomination. The IBM PhD Fellowship is intended to cover the last two, research-oriented years of a PhD program. For example, nominees that are enrolled in a 4-year graduate program should have completed two years of their graduate program as of summer 2022 in order to benefit the most.

Faculty receiving this email can submit nominations until Nov 5, 2021 regardless of the earlier date on the website.

The IBM PhD Fellowship program also supports the long-standing commitment to workforce diversity and encourages nominations of women, minorities and all who contribute to that diversity. The program seeks to increase the number of under-represented minority students in the referenced science topics of interest by encouraging a diverse applicant pool. We look forward to receiving your nominations.

For additional program details and FAQs, please visit http://www.research.ibm.com/university/awards/fellowships.html 

Please help us spread the word. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact phdfellow@us.ibm.com.



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