Rio Tinto Bursary 2019 – 2020

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is one of the world’s largest producers of a range of essential materials with almost 150 years of expertise in exploration, expansion, diversification and innovation. The company have some of the world’s largest and best quality mines and operations and also has operations in about 35 countries across six continents. It has also developed some technological innovations such as Mine of the Future™ programme and low-CO2 aluminium from hydropower. The materials the company produced can be found in modern technologies including smartphones, planes, cars and hospitals. Rio Tinto also own and operate open pit and underground mines, mills, refineries, smelters and power stations, research and service facilities, ports and ships.

Rio Tinto Bursaries

Each year the company select four to eight qualified students and support them for the duration of their studies in the fields of mining, electrical, chemical or mechanical engineering, metallurgy, geology/surveying/drilling, chemistry, environmental science and accounting at South Africa’s major tertiary institutions, including the universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, KwaZulu-Natal, Witwatersrand and Pretoria. Upon graduation, the successful candidates will be absorbed by the company as graduates-in-training for the same number of years for which their studies were financed.

Rio Tinto Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

  • South African citizen
  • Matric completion
  • Minimum Level 5 for English, Level 6 for Mathematics and Science
  • Studying or full-time in one of the mining related degrees

How to Apply and Application Details

Register an account at and apply using your created account for the bursary.

Applications are also advertised at local high schools around July each year with which initial screening and candidate assessments are conducted. Short-listed candidates are then interviewed and successful candidates will be awarded with the bursaries.

Closing Date


Contact Details

Richards Bay Minerals 
Post: The Farm RBM PO Box 401 Richards Bay 3900 South Africa
Tel: +27 35 901 3111
Fax: +27 35 901 3442

Rio Tinto Procurement – South Africa
Post: PO Box 757550 Sandton, Johannesburg South Africa 2146

Email: [email protected]

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