Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) Bursary South Africa.

Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) Bursary South Africa.


The Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) are responsible for the skills development in the minerals and mining sector of South Africa. The Mining Qualifications Authority bursary programme was developed as a way to increase the amount of students studying towards and starting careers within the minerals and mining field.



The bursary award will cover the following expenses: tuition fees, registration fees, accommodation, food and a textbook and stationary allowance. Students will be selected based on the fields of study in the scarce/ critical skills list of South Africa.

Bursaries will be awarded within the following fields of study:
Universities or Universities of Technology qualifications

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering (mineral processing)
  • Electrical Engineering (heavy current)
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • Environmental Health and Management
  • Geology
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Jewellery Design and Manufacturing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering (extractive)
  • Mine Survey
  • Mining Engineering
  • Rock Engineering

TVET College qualifications

  • Boilermaker
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Electrician
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Fitting (incl Machinery)
  • Instrumentation Mechanic
  • Millwright
  • Rigger Ropesman


Please ensure that you meet the following criteria before submitting your application:

  • South African citizen
  • 35 years old or younger
  • Strong academic record
  • Need for financial assistance
  • Completed Matric or currently in Matric
  • Enrolled and accepted to study in one of the aforementioned fields at a University/ University of Technology/ TVET College
  • Show a genuine interest in the minerals and mining sector

* Preference will be given to disabled, female applicants and those living in rural communities.


Download and complete the MQA Bursary Application Form.pdf (pdf) (for new applicants) OR the MQA Bursary Application Form Renewal.pdf (pdf) (for current MQA bursary recipients).

Please include the following documents with your application form:
New applicants:

  • ID document (certified copy),
  • ID document of parents or guardians or spouse (certified copy),
  • Death certificate of parents if deceased (certified copy),
  • Affidavit if not in contact with parents,
  • Matric certificate (certified copy) if applicable or latest Matric results / Statement of results / Latest academic record or transcript on the official letterhead or logo (if you are currently enrolled in a tertiary institution) (certified copy),
  • Confirmation of registration/ acceptance letter from tertiary institution,
  • Payslips from parents or guardians less than 3 months old,
  • Affidavit if parent or guardian is unemployed,
  • Proof of residence (certified copy).


  • ID document (certified copy),
  • Full Academic Record (including current year) stamped by your tertiary institution and on the official letterhead,
  • Latest bank statements (stamped).

Application forms and supporting documentation must be submitted in one of the following ways:
1) Hand delivered:
The Manager
Bursaries Unit
Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA)
7 Anerley Road

OR to one of the MQA Regional Offices:
-Burgersfort: Sekhukhune TVET College, CN Phathudi Campus, Stand 2659, Praktiseer
-eMalahleni: Nkangala TVET College, Mpondozamkomo Campus, 1 Moses Kotane Drive, Ferrobank
-Johannesburg: 7 Anerley Road, Parktown
-Kathu: Northern Cape Rural TVET College, Kathu Campus, Hans Coetzee Road,
-Mogwase, Orbit TVET College, Mankwe Campus, Stand 230, Unit 2, Mogwase
-Mthatha: King Sabatha Dalindyebo TVET College, R61 Queenstown Road, Cicira Village, Mthatha
-Welkom: Goldfields TVET College, Tosa Campus, 14107 Ndaki Road, Thabong

2) Posted (via registered mail):
The Manager
Bursaries Unit
Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA)

*PS: Renewal bursary recipients must only return application form and documents via email to:
(Please note: emailed and faxed applications will not be accepted).


31 October annually