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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:

Henley Business School

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Milpark Education

Milpark Education offers a limited number of bursaries to prospective students. More information on http://www.milpark.ac.za/new-students/general-info/student-finance.

NWU Potchefstroom Business School

The NWU Potchefstroom Business School, in collaboration with Aspen Pharmacare, would like to invite part-time students who qualify or who have already qualified (or are already enrolled) for MBA studies to apply for the annual bursaries that are awarded in 2014.

Consideration will be given to needy South African students who:

  • have completed their undergraduate and post-graduate studies successfully with above average results; and
  • have been accepted, or are in the process of being accepted, as student in the MBA programme of the NWU Potchefstroom Business School.

Details and the application form are available at:

Contact Marilize Minné at 018 299 1412 for more details.

Applications closes on 15 January 2014.


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.

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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 www.sblunisa.ac.za for further information.

University of Stellenbosch Business School

The 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 usbcom@usb.ac.za. 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 for a full-time MBA.
  • All the bursaries will be awarded on academic merit.
  • Applicants from previously disadvantaged groups 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).
  • Applicants must be South African citizens.
  • Further terms and conditions apply to each bursary.
  • Every application will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Other bursaries

Stellenbosch University and the National Research Foundation offer bursaries.

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