SA Bursaries

FirstRand Foundation Trust is offering Bursaries 2024

The FirstRand Foundation Trust extends an invitation to eligible South African students to submit applications for the Bursary Programme for the academic year 2024.

Bursary online application closing date is 15 November 2023 (extension).

Bursaries will be awarded for studies towards critical skills programmes, specifically for Undergraduate Degree studies in the following fields:


  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Financial Management
  • Law
  • Risk


  • All specialisations/ disciplines


  • Actuarial Science
  • Agricultural Science
  • Bioscience
  • Climate Science
  • Data Science
  • Electronics
  • Environmental Science
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Mathematical Science
  • Physics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Society and Sustainability
  • Statistics


  • Business Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Information Management
  • Information Systems
  • Information Science
  • Information Technology

The bursary will provide cover for the following expenses: tuition fees, learning resources, computer (for 1st year students), accommodation, meals and a monthly stipend.

The Trust will keep in contact with bursary recipients, and may also offer the following opportunities:

  • Vacation Work
  • Hackathon
  • Mentoring
  • Think Tank
  • Invitation to FirstRand Offices
  • Students’ transportation to and from campus to provincial headquarters
  • Interaction with FirstRand personnel at the university campus
  • Driver’s License


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must be Black (African, Coloured, Indian, Asian)
  • You must NOT be older than 21 years in your first year of study
  • You must be currently in Matric or have completed Matric within the last 3 years (applicants who completed Matric more than 3 years ago may NOT apply)
  • You must have achieved a minimum of level 5 for Mathematics in Matric
  • You must have a strong academic record
  • You must intend on studying full time, towards an undergraduate degree in one of the fields listed above
  • You must have applied for and been provisionally admitted to study at a public university in South Africa, in 2024
  • You must belong to the “missing middle” group, with a combined gross family income of between R350 000 and R600 000 per annum

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online at: FirstRand Foundation Trust Bursary Application 2024

Applicants must read the Study Trust Bursary Applications Page before applying.

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your application (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • Clear photograph (head and shoulders)
  • South African ID document (certified copy)
  • Grade 11 final results and Matric June results, if currently in Matric
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric
  • Full academic record and latest available results (June 2023 examination results or progress report)
  • Proof of parents or guardians household income (latest payslips if employed/ affidavit if unemployed/ affidavit stating annual income if self-employed/ most recent audited financial statement or 3 months’ most recent bank statements if they own a business/ SASSA letter stating the grants received if applicable)
  • Parents death certificates if deceased
  • Letter from the court stating child support amounts if parents are divorced or affidavit from the parent stating the child support amount received if parents are separated

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