KPMG Bursary South Africa

About KPMG

KPMG was founded back in 1895 by two main firms namely Aiken & Carter and Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., from which the merger happened in 1987. In 2002, another integration occurred with the accounting firms Andersen and KMMT. KPMG is based on the abbreviation of the names of one of the principal founding members namely Klynveld, Peat, Marwick, and Goerdeler.

Today, KPMG operates as a global network of independent member firms providing audit, tax, and advisory services. The firm offers services to business corporations, governments public sector agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. KPMG member firms can be found in 155 countries and employ more than 162,000 professionals.

KPMG Bursaries

At KPMG, two bursary opportunities are offered for students who are studying towards becoming SAICA-accredited Chartered Accountants or CAs(SA).

KPMG bursaries are classified into Pure Merit Bursary and Merit Bursary with Financial Needs. Both require excellent academic performance and records as a basis.

Pure Merit Bursary is for qualified applicants who do not need extensive funding for studies.

Merit Bursary with Financial Needs bursary is for qualified applicants who are unable to attend university without significant financial support.

Bursaries are awarded according to the skills needed in the professional services marketplace as well as KPMG’s skills needs.

KPMG reserves the right to solely determine whether you should be awarded the Pure Merit Bursary or the Merit Bursary with Financial Needs and to determine the amount awarded under such bursary. KPMG further reserves the right to determine solely whether you should receive this award in subsequent years and if so the amount thereof, which will depend on the satisfactory progress made by you and the availability of funds to KPMG.

Please note that a Bursary Contract is subject to you entering into a learnership (training contract) with KPMG that will start once you have completed your studies at a SAICA-accredited university i.e., obtaining a CTA/GDA qualification.

Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

  • South African citizen
  • Currently in Matric or have completed Matric
  • Full-time students of a SAICA-recognised degree at a SAICA-accredited tertiary education institution
  • Consistent academic achievements throughout the study
  • Must have a strong academic record
  • Must have proven financial need, if applying for the Merit bursary with financial need


How to Apply and Application Details

Are you a South African citizen pursuing a career in accounting? Then you may be interested in applying for a KPMG bursary to help fund your studies. However, before applying for the bursary, you need to first apply for a training contract with KPMG by clicking here.

Please note that to be eligible for the bursary, you will need to enter into a learnership (training contract) with KPMG after completing your studies at a SAICA-accredited university and obtaining a CTA/PGDA qualification.

To apply for a training contract, you will need to submit various documents, including;

  • Proof of South African Citizenship (Certified ID copy)
  • Full academic history
  • Matric results
  • Updated curriculum vitae

If you already have a training contract with KPMG or have been provided with a Taleo reference number after applying for a training contract, then you can proceed to apply for the KPMG bursary by clicking here.

Please make sure to use Google Chrome for an optimal experience when applying from a PC or laptop. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to receive financial assistance and professional development through a KPMG bursary!

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your application:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certified copy of  your ID
  • Matric results
  • Grade 11 results (if in Matric)
  • University results (if in university)

If applying for a Merit with Financial Need bursary, please add:

  • Parents/guardians’ proof of income (latest payslips if employed/ 3 months bank statements AND utility bill if unemployed)

Closing Date

Currently open for application.

Bursary applications can be submitted throughout the year, as this bursary does not have an appointed time of closing date, candidates applying are urged to send their applications ahead of time, so they reach them before the closing date.

Contact Details

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please send your query to

Please do not send any questions after the closing date. View our other bursaries open for application here:

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One Comment

  1. BONOLO WILSON says:

    Am asking for bursary 2019 am still do matric now.

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