CSIR Bursary: Supporting South African Students in Science, Engineering, and Technology

CSIR Undergraduate/Postgraduate Bursary Programme

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a leading scientific and technology research organization in South Africa. As part of its commitment to developing the country’s skills and knowledge base, the CSIR offers a bursary program to support full-time, unemployed students in obtaining qualifications in areas that are deemed a priority by the organization.


The CSIR bursary program is open to academically qualifying young people and aims to attract and increase the participation of women and black people in science, engineering, and technology, specifically in the areas of aeronautical engineering, industrial physics, applied physics, and other related fields.

To be eligible for the CSIR bursary program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a South African citizen
  • Be unemployed and not receiving any other bursary or financial assistance
  • Have completed Matric or currently in Matric with a minimum of 70% in mathematics and physical science
  • Be accepted to study or currently studying full-time towards an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a field of study that aligns with the CSIR’s research areas

How to Apply

To apply for the CSIR bursary program, students must complete an application form and submit it with all the required supporting documents. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for entrance to their intended course and university and to ensure that they meet the entrance requirements stipulated for their course.

The following documents are required to accompany the application form:

  • Certified copy of South African ID
  • Certified copy of Matric results or latest academic record
  • Proof of acceptance or registration at a South African university
  • Proof of household income (if applicable)

The application form and supporting documents must be submitted via email to bursaries@csir.co.za by the advertised closing date.

Application Closing Date

The closing date for applications for the CSIR bursary program varies each year and is advertised on the CSIR website and social media platforms. It is important to apply as early as possible and to ensure that your application is complete and meets all the requirements.

The CSIR bursary program is a valuable opportunity for South African students who are passionate about science, engineering, and technology and who are committed to contributing to the development

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