CSIR Student Bursary

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ABOUT THE BURSAR


The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that researches, develops, localises and diffuses technologies to accelerate socio economic prosperity in South Africa.

The organisation’s work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state.

About The Bursary


The CSIR bursary programme financially supports full-time, unemployed students in obtaining qualifications in areas that are deemed a priority by the CSIR.

It is a merit based, comprehensive bursary that covers all costs associated with university studies.

Who Can Apply


Current grade 12 or university students that intend to or are currently enrolled full-time for the degree of choice at a South African public university.
Please Note: Only specific fields of study (for Undergraduate, Honours, MSc and PhD) and thematic areas (for MSc and Phd) will be considered.
To see the full list of considered fields of study (separated by level of study) and thematic areas (including explanations), please click Here

Current Grade 12

  • South African citizen
  • Must intend to enrol full-time for the degree of choice at a South African public university
  • English (Level 5)
  • Mathematics (Level 6)
  • Physical Science (Level 6)

Current university students

  • South African citizen
  • Must be enrolled full-time towards the degree of choice at a South African public university
  • Unemployed students studying full-time
  • BSc, B Eng, BSc Honours or B Tech and MSc
  • Current MSc students intending to enrol in a PhD next year
  • Applications that are incomplete and that include misrepresentations will immediately be disregarded.
  • Please ensure that you attach ALL of the Required Documents
  • Closing dates per application type:
    • CSIR Bursary closes: Friday, July 30, 2021
  • Bursary allocation year per application type:
    • CSIR Bursary will be allocated for the 2022 academic year
  • It is your responsibility to apply for entrance for your intended course and university and to ensure that you are able to meet the entrance requirements stipulated for your course.
  • Please ensure that you complete all the sections of this application form.
  • Please select the correct funding opportunity when completing your application.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail once we have received your application. You will be advised if your application is unsuccessful.

Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to interviews. Good Luck!

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Required Documents


Please prepare the following documents:

  • A certified copy of your barcoded ID.
  • A copy of your CV.
  • All high school applicants must attach a certified copy of their grade 11 reports and matric reports to date. If applicable, please provide proof of provisional university acceptance.
  • All tertiary students must submit certified copies of their matric results and their most recent official transcript. For applicants that have enrolled at multiple institutions during their tertiary studies, please combine all your transcripts into one document.
  • Proof of registration for students currently enrolled at a tertiary institution.
  • For applicants under the age of 18, to comply with POPI regulations a signed consent form completed by your parent/legal guardian along with a certified copy of their proof of identity is required.
  • You can download the guardian consent form by clicking HERE.