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


  • Unemployed students studying full-time
  • BSc, B Eng, BSc Honours or B Tech, MSc and PhD




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

Bursary covers


Financial support

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Book allowance
  • Laptop allowance
  • Accommodation
  • Meal allowance
  • Living allowance

Non-financial support

  • Annual induction, vacation work, visits at the university and an annual social event



You are obligated to work back every year that the CSIR has funded

How to apply


Call for 2022 intake now closed

Track your application here: https://www.csir.auraams.app/

Contact details

For more information on the CSIR bursary, please contact CSIR recruitment centre:
+27(12) 841 7518



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