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ABSA BURSARIES

Absa Bursaries

Who qualifies for the Bursary Programme?


Bursaries will be made available to students studying degrees that will provide essential or identified skills within the Financial Services Industry. Any one is eligible to apply for a bursary, provided that you are able to show that:




  • You have not received any other bursary for the same period for which you are applying for sponsorship from Absa

  • You are pursuing a course of study in a discipline that will benefit the Banking Industry

  • You are academically proficient

  • You have registered at a recognised Tertiary Education Institution in South Africa

  • You are a South African or Namibian citizen


What does the bursary include?:


The bursary includes full tuition fees and will be paid out according to the annual bursary award and the individual’s needs. You will be assessed every year and if your performance is satisfactory, Absa will continue to sponsor you. This bursary programme helps Absa employ top talent and it also offers financial support to fulltime students studying towards one of the following qualifications:


Bachelor or postgraduate degree in:




  • Accounting (towards CA(SA) or CIMA or ACCA)

  • Actuarial Sciences

  • Mathematical Sciences

  • Informatics

  • Statistics

  • Risk or Investment Management

  • Engineering (Industrial OR Financial OR Process)

  • Agricultural Sciences majoring in one of the following:

    • Animal science with Agricultural Economics

    • Soil science with Agricultural Economics

    • Horticulture with Agricultural Economics

    • Viticulture with Agricultural Economics

    • Agronomy with Agricultural Economics

    • Plant production with Agricultural Economics




Bursary terms and conditions


The following are some of the terms and conditions of the bursary:




  • Successful applicants who meet the requirements are awarded a conditional Absa bursary pending their final year result.

  • Each successful student will have to sign a formal contract with Absa in order to secure funding. Awarded bursaries will be re-evaluated each year based on academic performance.

  • Successful applicants will be bound contractually to work at Absa after graduation for a period equal to the tenure of the bursary. Placements will be made according to the needs of the business.

  • Students are expected to complete their qualification within the disciplines as agreed with Absa.

  • Students may be requested to participate in relevant project and skills training.

  • Absa will only fund one qualification at a time.

  • A selection of students will be made in line with the Absa Employment Equity strategy.


Qualifying criteria for postgraduate and undergraduate university students:




  • Applicants must be studying full-time for the next academic year at an Accredited South African university towards one of the qualifications listed above.

  • Undergraduate or postgraduate students must have achieved a minimum average of 70% in the first semester of their degree studies for the present/current academic year.

  • Applicants must not have a criminal record.


How do I apply?

Applications will be open from mid July to end of August and candidates will be able to apply online.

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