ABSA Pan-Africa Bursary Programme for Africans studying in South Africa

ABSA Pan-Africa Bursary Programme

Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Undergraduate, Postgraduate
Provider: Absa Bank Limited
Country to Study in: South Africa

Scholarship Description
Absa understands that the path leading to students' goals of success and a fulfilling career is not always easy, which is why the bank offers you bursary assistance to help you reach your dreams. If you are keen to enter into the exciting world of finance – then apply for a bursary at Absa.

Absa's objective is to address critical skill needs within the financial services industry by affording dynamic, top-performing, full-time students the opportunity to complete their studies and potentially pursue a career at Absa.

This ABSA bursary programme helps Absa employ top talent and it also offers financial support to fulltime students studying towards one of the following qualifications below.

ABSA Pan-Africa Bursary Programme for Africans studying in South Africa

You may apply for a bursary if:
  • You have not received any other bursary or assistance
  • You are pursuing a course of study in a discipline that will benefit the Banking Industry
  • You are registered at a recognised Tertiary Education Institution in South Africa
  • You are a Pan African citizen
Qualifying criteria for Postgraduate and undergraduate university students:
  • Applicants must be studying full-time for the 2013 academic year at an accredited South African university towards one of the qualifications listed below under 'Fields of study'
  • Undergraduate or postgraduate students must have achieved a minimum average of 70% in the first semester of their degree studies for the 2013 academic year
  • Applicants must not have a criminal record
Qualifying criteria for 2013 matriculants:
  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum average of 80% for the June 2013 examinations
  • Applicants must be studying full-time for the 2014 academic year at an accredited South African university
  • Applicants must not have a criminal record
Eligible groups
Citizens of African countries

Participating Institutions
Any accredited South African university

Fields of study
Bachelor or postgraduate degree in:
  • Accounting (towards CA(SA) or CIMA or ACCA)
  • Actuarial Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Informatics
  • Statistics
  • Engineering (Industrial OR Financial OR Process)
  • Risk or Investment management
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
Number of awards
Over the last 5 years the bursary programme has been sponsoring between 50 and 80 students annually and it supports full-time students studying towards one of the qualifications mentioned above.

Sponsorship duration
This is a FULL tuition award - it will cover throughout the duration of your undergraduate or postgraduate programme. You will be assessed every year and if your performance is satisfactory, Absa will continue to sponsor you.

Scholarship benefits
The bursary includes full tuition fees and will be paid out according to the annual bursary award and the individual’s needs.

Method of Application
Follow this link ensuring that you click on “bursaries” in the drop down menu.

Applications open 3 June 2013 and will close 15 August 2013.

The bursary will be awarded for the following academic year.

The following are some of the terms and conditions of the bursary:
  • Successful applicants who meet the requirements are awarded a conditional 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 for 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 our Employment Equity strategy
  • Short-listed candidates will be required to submit their final results for the current academic year by 15 January 2014
Absa Group Limited (Absa or the Group) is one of South Africa's largest financial services groups. Absa is a subsidiary of Barclays Bank PLC (Barclays).

Application Deadline: 15 August 2013
Open to International students: No(ONLY Africans)

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  1. Aisha (Dublin)June 15, 2010 2:34 AM

    I believe most students do not take the issue of scholarship applications seriously.

    They think that because scholarships are FREE, they also come FREE.

    How wrong!! Scholarships do not come free. None has ever...and none will. You need to work hard to get one.

    I know students that simply send bulk emails to scholarship organizations. How can that work? They get frustrated and tell others that there are no real ones.

    I for one, did my undergraduate studies with a scholarship, so i know they are real.

    Bottom-line is that students MUST take time to prepare their applications. Nothing, absolutely nothing of value comes that cheap...including free scholarships!

  2. Elias Mothebesoane ThebeJune 15, 2010 3:03 AM

    please i need scholarship. i have a BA degree in pastoral care and counseling, i really really need to study

  3. Nkemakolam OwohJune 15, 2010 3:34 AM

    For me, i think the main problem with African students is the cost of the internet. This i think limits their ability to obtain information in time.
    Again, parents are also an issue here, because browsing is very cheap at nights. but most parents would refuse you to go for an over-night browsing session.
    so cost and parents are a real issue here. this is why it seems they never take scholarship application seriously.
    maybe thats all there is.

  4. Fikre Nidaw (Africa)June 16, 2010 8:27 PM

    Ignorance takes the great percentage for the failure of students.

    Our ill-knowledge and bad concept of time also play important role for the failure.

  5. qadar qaasim in somaliJune 16, 2010 8:29 PM

    first my name is qadar qaasim and i am somali student which finished high school. and i feel luck of univesity becouse my country has no local goverment and many people are dieying every day becouse of the war.
    so i need scholarship becouse there is no universities in my country and i need university so please help me wnd i hope that you will accept my request.
    just i am in kambala becouse i came here to get peace and secuirity.
    so my tell no is 00254714770670.
    so help me pliz

  6. olanusi omotayo adeniyiJune 17, 2010 5:45 PM

    i will be very geartful if i am giving the oppotunity to study out side my country; i came form nigeria in west african zone my family is poor to the extend that they cannot paid my school feees again

  7. thompson ewomeJune 17, 2010 5:48 PM

    for me is all about not being qualified compared to others who are applying.one must qualify so we have to know our limits.i need one this time.i really feel pity for some of my friends who have contributed something.
    let the donors also consider students based on their reasons and regions they come from.

  8. I really commend the scholarship donors for thier genuine efforts. Applications are rejected cos many applicants are not all that serious about it as they provide scanty information. Many are as well ignorant of the prerequisites,others see it as mere game of luck. Applicants should follow the instructions to the letter by giving all the required information and do the follow ups. Thanks