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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 Potchefstroom Business School


The NWU Potchefstroom Business School in association with Aspen Pharmacare invites students who qualify, or have already qualified (and enrolled), for MBA studies to apply for annual bursaries, to be awarded (early) in the 2015 academic year.

Consideration will be given to needy South African students who have:

  • Successfully completed their undergraduate/honours studies
  • Been accepted as students at the NWU Potchefstroom Business School to be eventually registered as an MBA student.

Details and the application form are available from:  Closing date is 9 January 2015.

Contact Leanie van Ronge on 018 299 1409

Regenesys Business School

Please visit for more information on the bursaries and scholarships that Regenesys has on offer.

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

The Bertha Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for the full time MBA at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business for those candidates who are working on market-based and business solutions to social and environmental challenges in emerging markets, and in particular in Africa.

Business Women's Association for South African women with the desire to succeed as corporate managers and the ability to equip themselves appropriately.

Molteno Brothers' Trust Scholarship for South African MBA students with an agricultural/economics background and the stated intention of working in the agricultural sector.

The Sainsbury Trust Fellowship for South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Old Mutual Scholarship for 1-2 South African students per year. Recipients are required to work for Old Mutual for a period after graduation.

Click here for further information.

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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