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MBA bursaries and scholarships
Bursaries and sponsorships are limited in the South African context. The majority of students are funded by their employers or are self-funded. That said, below follows available funding opportunities:

Gordon Institute of Business Science

There will be two bursaries available to assist selected candidates who meet our predetermined criteria. The bursary will cover a portion of the tuition costs for the programme up to a defined maximum (ordinarily 50%).
  • Bursary 1 will be available for African students to apply for (including South Africans).
  • Bursary 2 will be available for International students to apply for (all countries outside of South Africa).

Henley Business School

Click here for further information.

Milpark Education

Milpark Education offers a limited number of bursaries to prospective students. More information on

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School

Bursaries and Scholarships availability and options form part of the NMMU Financial Aid department mandate. For bursary and scholarship options, please visit:

NWU School of Business & Governance


The NWU School of Business & Governance is inviting students who qualify or have already qualified (and enrolled) for part-time MBA studies to apply for an annual bursary, to be awarded (early) in the 2016 academic year. Successful candidates will only receive a certain percentage of their study fees for the year, and the candidates will be responsible for the rest of the fees payable to the NWU.

Please note:

This invitation only applies to individuals who have registered for the NWU School of Business & Governance’s executive MBA (part-time) and are employed. Correspondence will be confidential and limited to successful applicants only. If you have not received any correspondence by the end of January 2016, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Successful applications will be expected to sign a bursary contract.

The bursary application form is available on the NWU School of Business & Governance’s Website:

Or at the Bursary division assistant’s office of the NWU School of Business & Governance:
Room 304, Economic and Management Sciences Building (E3).

Regenesys Business School

We do not currently offer bursaries or scholarships but are the only business school in South Africa to be accredited to be a credit provider. Our loans and processing department will assist you in applying for a student loan. The Regenesys Foundation also offers the Free Business Education programme, which allows students access to our accredited qualifications at no cost -

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

MBA/MPhil Bursaries

There are a limited number of scholarships/bursaries available for MBA full time and modular students. Please note that a confirmed place on the programme is a precondition for all funding.

  • Bertha Centre MBA and MPhil Scholarships were created to nurture a new generation of social innovators, and to explore entrepreneurial solutions to help solve some of the urgent social and environmental problems of our time. These bursaries are open to both South African and African students each year. You can find out more information and apply for the scholarship on the Bertha Centre page.
  • Business Women's Association for South African women with the desire to succeed as corporate managers and the ability to equip themselves appropriately - for more information, please contact the BWA directly as this is administrated by the BWA
  • MTN Scholarships for the MBA and MPhil programme:
    • The Scholarships are open to all successful MBA applicants who have either set up or have been working in entrepreneurial ventures, or those who plan to after the MBA.
    • A demonstrated track record in the technology, media and telecom sector is advantageous. Scholars will be expected to take an entrepreneurial route in their studies, and contribute to the School's Entrepreneurship or Technology Club.
    • MTN MPhil Scholarships: The scholarships were created to support bold and visionary African mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs who are committed to local innovation and for whom a postgraduate qualification is an essential step in their journey of shaping the future of our continent.
    • The overarching mission of the MTN Scholarship programme is to build exceptional leadership capacity in the technology, media and telecom sector, by providing excellent educational and training opportunities to individual Africans with leadership potential, as well as creating over time a network of next generation TMT leaders across the continent.
    • The Scholarships are open to both South African and African students each year. Find out more information and apply for the scholarship on the MTN Solution Space page.
  • Molteno Brothers' Trust Scholarship for South African MBA students with an agricultural/economics background and the stated intention of working in the agricultural sector. Up to 75% of fees are paid with one student per year benefitting.
  • The Sainsbury Fellowships awarded by the Sainsbury Management Fellows’ Society (SA) for South Africans from previously disadvantaged backgrounds who are qualified engineering or science graduates that intend to a) continue to work in South Africa and b) continue to work in the engineering or science sectors or related sectors after completing the MBA programme. Scholarships are either awarded for full-time or modular study and could include full or part funding of the tuition fees. A fully paid for research study to Cambridge University is also available for exceptional candidates that also have a career path mapped with a specific employer in the engineering or science fields.

Molteno Brothers' Trust Scholarship and Sainsbury Trust Fellowship bursary applicants are required to complete and submit the following Funding Application Form.

NRF/DST Scholarship opportunity for Masters students in innovation in South Africa:
For more information download the NRF/DST scholarship brochure here.

University of South Africa Graduate School of Business Leadership

Each year, the SBL will award 10 scholarships towards the MBL and DBL degrees. About 50 percent will be allocated to black female students, 30 percent to black male students, 15 percent to Indian and coloured students and 5 percent to white students. Visit for further information.

University of Stellenbosch Business School

USB’s Bursary Scheme provides partial bursaries and financial assistance to a number of deserving students who have been admitted to the MBA programme.

For more details on how to apply for bursaries, contact Marie Willows on 021 918 4243 or at The closing date for bursary applications is 30 November each year.

Only students who have been accepted onto the MBA may apply for a bursary.

  • The bursaries will be awarded to a full-time MBA.
  • All the bursaries will be awarded on academic merit.
  • Applicants from previously disadvantaged groups (in the case of South Africans) will be given preference.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of financial need and not be recipients of any other form of study sponsorship (e.g. from their companies).
  • Further terms and conditions apply to each bursary.
  • Every application will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Other bursaries
The National Research Foundation offers bursaries.

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