MQA bursary scheme


The MQA bursary scheme  is available to increase the number of students taking careers in the mining and minerals sector. Today the bursary scheme continues to assist students by offering them the opportunity to study these careers at Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges.



Who is eligible?

The Bursary is available to deserving South African Citizens as follows:

  • Unemployed individuals:
    Historically Disadvantaged Individuals with a strong academic record accompanied by a need for financial assistance, with special consideration given to female applicants, applicants living in rural communities and applicants who have applied to study at their local tertiary institutions, The awards are also based on the student’s academic performance. The bursary re-awarded for every year in which the student remains enrolled. However it is re-assessed by the MQA annually.
  • Employed individuals:
    HDI’s individuals who are already employed within the Mining and Minerals Sector who would like to pursue studies for a qualification relevant to the mining related fields. Payment is for full tuition fees and books allowances is made per semester for employed bursars.

    For both the unemployed and employed applicants, bursary supports the following core mining disciplines:The MQA bursary scheme only funds the following qualifications at universities and universities of technology:

  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Jewellery Design Manufacturing
  • Electro Mechanical Engineering
  • Geology
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Occupational Hygiene
  • Mine Surveying
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Operations Managements
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Quality Managements
  • Environmental Health and Management

The bursary is available for the following education levels associated with the above disciplines, namely: Undergraduate Degree, B Tech, Honours Degree, Master’s Degree and Doctoral Degree.

2. The MQA bursary scheme only funds the following qualifications at TVET colleges:

  • Boilermaker
  • Fitting (incl: Machinery)
  • Motor Mechanic (Diesel)
  • Instrumentation Mechanic
  • Electrician
  • Millwright
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Rigger Ropesman
    The MQA may annually consider 20% of the bursary allocation to deserving unemployed and employed bursary applicants to study qualification outside of the list of qualification listed above.

Application Process:
The application window is annually opened between August/September. Applicants must download the prescribed applications form from the MQA website and e-mail the completed application form and prescribed supporting documents to the designed e-mail address. Successful candidate will be advised of the outcome of the bursary application by end November of a particular year to enable them to register for the subsequent year.


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