Bursaries Requirements In South Africa

All Bursaries South Africa Requirements

Each bursary will often have a set of different requirements in order to qualify, often this will depend on what the organisation/company is looking for in its bursar. Eligibility requirements often found on application forms are:


  • ou have to be a South African citizen (or South African permanent residents)
  • You have a strong academic history (some bursaries require good grades in certain subject – e.g. Maths/Science/Languages) 
  • You have currently been studying or intend to study within a specific field of study which is suitable for the bursary program
  • You have currently been studying or you have applied to study at a recognized institution in South Africa
  • You have a proven financial need (often by submitting proof of household income)

BDO South Africa Bursary Requirements

BDO offers financial assistance to well-rounded, academically strong candidates studying or considering studying towards a CA(SA) qualification. Preference is given to those previously disadvantaged.

Acceptance of a bursary requires the student to complete a training contract in terms of a learnership agreement with the BDO office that awards the bursary.

BDO allocates a bursary based on academic achievement and available financial resources.

Our bursaries amounts vary based on each individual applicant’s circumstances or academics as well as the regions bursary budget. Our bursaries exclude residence fees and are limited to registration fees, tuition fees and books for each year of study.

Bursary applications are processed throughout the course of the year as part of the training contract application process. As we need to consider the applicants end of year exam marks for the bursary application, you will only receive feedback once these have been assess.

To be considered for a bursary, you should meet the following criteria:

  • Be studying at an accredited university which offers South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) accredited programmes through to Honours / CTA level.
  • NOT be signed with any other professional services firm to complete a Chartered Accountant training contract
  • NOT be in possession of a bursary / scholarship / financial assistance award which has employment obligations or post training contract employment obligations;
  • Commitment to study towards a CA(SA) qualification with majors in accounting and auditing


Minimum “B” in Mathematics (Maths Literacy is not accepted)
Minimum “B” in English Home Language or as a 1st language
Overall average of 70% or higher in Grade 11 and Grade 12
Proof of provisional acceptance from a SAICA accredited university for the CA(SA) programme.

Can foreigners get bursaries in South Africa?

Apart from South African scholarships and bursaries for South Africans, there are also South African bursaries for foreigners, so hurry and apply for any of these undergraduate or masters scholarships in South Africa.