The FNB Fund Bursary Programme


The FNB Fund Bursary Programme





The FNB Fund Bursary Programme provides tertiary education access for learners who are academically capable but financially disadvantaged. An FNB Fund sponsored bursary administered by StudyTrust is a  partial bursary.

Applicants are thus advised to also apply through the Financial Aid Office of their university of choice for a study loan from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to cover the shortfall. Terms and conditions apply.


Although it is an open bursary programme, the following selection criteria apply: 
1. Beneficiaries must demonstrate academic potential; 
2. Beneficiaries must demonstrate financial need; 
3. Applicants may not be excluded on the basis of race, gender or disability; 
4. Applicants who have completed their matric / NSC more than two years prior to application will not be considered; 
5. Beneficiaries must be South African citizens; 
6. There is a bias towards selecting female beneficiaries; 
7. There is a bias towards rural students and historically disadvantaged communities; 
8.  Funding may only be awarded for full time study; 
9.  It is the intention of the Fund to include people with a disability on the Programme; and 
10.The Fund will consider support for students who are registered for undergraduate studies only, with the exception of Honours in Accounting which must include courses to enable the bursar to qualify as a Chartered Accountant. 

Approved fields of study

1. Students must fall into one of the following fields of study: Commerce, Science or Engineering. Students majoring in the following fields are eligible for bursary support:   





Aeronautical Engineering

Mathematical Statistics

Actuarial Science

Agricultural Engineering

Business Information Technology


Building Technology

Computer Engineering

Economic & Management Sciences

Chemical Engineering

Computer Science


Civil Engineering

Information Systems

Financial Management

Construction Management

Information Technology

Investment Management

Electrical Engineering

Software Development


Industrial Engineering

Actuarial Science

Quantitative Finance

Mechanical Engineering






Metallurgical Engineering


Mining Engineering

Human Resources

Mining Survey




Organisational Psychology


Please note that Natural Sciences are not included.

Selection criteria

Only applicants who have obtained the following marks in the June / final examination of their Grade 12 year will be considered: 

B Com / B Business Science
·         A minimum of 60% in Mathematics 
·         A minimum of 60% in English 
·         A minimum of 60% in Mathematics 
·         A minimum of 60% in English 
·         A minimum of 60% in Physical Science 
·         A minimum of 60% in Mathematics 
·         A minimum of 60% in English 
·         A minimum of 60% in Physical Science 

Instructions for submission of application forms

Applications will only be considered if completed in full and if all the supporting documents have been included and signed by the applicant. Documents that accompany the application form must be certified: 

1. A copy of your mid-year/June examination results.  If you are not studying this year, send a copy of your latest exam results, together with an explanation of what you are doing this year. This is essential as the exam results play an important role in the selection process.

2. Matric/NSC results: If you have already completed matric/NSC, include your results, together with your latest tertiary (June) results. This is compulsory for all tertiary students.

3. Two testimonials: One testimonial from a responsible educational official, e. g. your principal or lecturer and the other by a community, political or spiritual leader. Use the testimonial forms in the application form or attach suitable testimonials. 
4. Write an essay on your life on the page included. Use additional pages if necessary. This must be written by you. Your parent, guardian or friend may write a letter of recommendation.

5. Proof of salaries* of parent(s), guardian or spouse (*e.g. payslip, letter from employer, sworn statement or tax return statement). 
6. A copy of your South African ID. 

NB: Please apply timeously for admission to the university of technology of your choice. Consult the website of the relevant universities of technology for their application deadlines. Career advice is available from SAQA Career Advice Services: Helpline Number: 0860 111 673; or sms / email your question to 0722045056 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When completing the application form, please clearly specify the exact degree programme for which you need a bursary, the name of the educational institution where you plan to study (e.g. University of Cape Town) and the year of study. 
Changing your degree programme after submitting your application form may lead to a cancellation of the bursary, if granted. 
No bursaries are available for private tertiary institutions

Application procedure

Due to a possible postal strike and the likelihood of your application not reaching us before the closing date, we encourage applicants to make use of the  Online Application Feature .

Alternatively, application forms can be downloaded from  HERE.

Email your completed form and supporting documents in PDF format (not exceeding 1megabyte) to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or fax 086 538 1537  

If you require an application form to be posted to you, please sms the wordSTUDY, your name, surname, postal address & postal code to 31022. (Standard sms rates apply)   

Completed application forms may still be submitted to the postal address, StudyTrust, Private bag X16, Braamfontein, 2017.

For applying online, please indicate in the relevant space that you are applying for an FNB Fund bursary. We will, however, consider your application for other bursaries too, so you only have to applyONCE.

Closing dates:

The closing date for requesting an application form is  31 August.  
The closing date for submitting your completed application form with all supporting documents is  30 September. This deadline applies to all modes of application.

Acknowledgement of receipt

StudyTrust (the FNB bursary administrator) receives thousands of application forms each year and it is therefore not possible for us to acknowledge receipt of all completed forms. All applications will be considered and selection will take place from September to December. All applicants will be notified of the outcome not later than 31 December.

Contact StudyTrust if you need more information: 
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