Motsepe Foundation Bursary

Motsepe Foundation Bursaries

The Motsepe Foundation belaves that education is the key to a better tomorrow. The foundation builds an initiative to invest in the future of rural and urban communities and committed more than 1800 bursaries over the past 5 years to the students who come from poor families throughout South Africa.

The Motsepe Foundation will allocate more 350 bursaries for the 2018 academic year to be awarded to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Business and Arts students at some of the most prestigious academic institutions throughout South Africa.


About Motsepe Foundation

The Motsepe Foundation has made several contributions in terms of global health such as research development for HIV/AIDS cure, global fight against Ebola, cancer research as well as contributions to environmental conservation. In addition to this, the Foundation also funded projects to help the poor and marginalised people in South Africa. The foundation works with the government, organisations and private sectors to address education, health, economic development and empowerment.


Fields of Study

All bursaries will be awarded to students studying in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and also cover other fields of study related to:

Motsepe bursary also gives students the opportunity to study at the most prestigious universities in South Africa, including:

  • University of Cape Town
  • University of KwaZulu Natal
  • University of Pretoria
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg


Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

  • The applicant must need to be a South African citizens
  • A minimum average of 70% in Matric, excluding Life Orientation
  • Students or intending to study in any of STEM, Business and Arts field
  • Excellent academic performance
  • Proven financial need


How to Apply and Application Details

  1. Download and fill up the Motsepe Foundation Bursary Application Form. (pdf)
  2. Accompany your application form with certified copies of the following:
    • The ID of the applicant
    • The ID of each household member including parents or legal guardian
    • Recent academic or exam results
    • Acceptance letter from the university
    • Recent payslip and employment certification, not older than 3 months for each parent or Legal
    • SASSA letter if any of your family members are receiving a social grant
    • For parents or legal guardians working as an informal trader, present a signed affidavit to confirm this employment. This is subject to verification by the Foundation.
    • For deceased parent/s, provide a certified copy of the death certificate
    • For divorced parents, provide a certified copy of the divorce decree
    • For parents not living at home, provide an affidavit indicating the reasons
    • For applicants supported by someone, not your parent or legal guardian, provide an affidavit stating the reasons
  3. Send your completed application form and supporting documents through email at


Closing Date

Applications are currently closed.

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Contact Details

The Motsepe Foundation
Post: P.O.Box 782058, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel: 011 324 1500




  2. Omaatla Kujane says:

    I want to apply for a bursary

  3. Maketla jack says:

    I am Maketla Jack Letsoalo apply for Motsepe foundation bursary for help me to study IT COURSE


    I’m ASEMAHLE HLANGANISE apply for MOTSEPE FOUNDATION Busary for help me to study in NMU for IT course, but the problem is I don’t have funds, so I just write this comment to ask for funding. I pass last year grade 12, I’m doing my first year at NMU in IT. Thanks in advance

  5. Thulisile Mamba says:

    I am Thulisile MAMBA I am doing degree supply chain with UNISA for second year this year . I am doing well but I don’t have fund. I am 40 years single mum with two kids. I only register 5 module for this semester outstanding balance is R5700 . I am working but my salary is not good I cant afford please help what to do. , 012 354 5092. Thank you

  6. Mthandeni Bangani says:

    This is Bangani Mthandeni from Eastern Cape (BIZANA) next year am going to do BTECH in Agriclture I have already apply at CPUT , but the thing is am no financial stable I need funding , please help.

  7. I like to apply for the bursary but am old enough to submitte all document that is needed as listed

  8. Hi
    I have been trying to send my application but it keeps saying “Delivery has failed to recipient. The recipient’s mailbox is full and can’t accept messages now”
    please help me out on this situation

    1. About the issue, please contact the Motsepe Foundation directly at Tel: 011 324 1500

    2. Rethabile says:

      Hey, im experiencing the exact same thing, so I was wondering if you’ve been able to find a solution for this issue?

      1. I called them and they told me that applications are not yet accepted

  9. eudy ramalepe says:

    I applied for motsepe foundation bursary applying for 2019 funding the problem is the responded me informing me that the application is closed but when u check online is still open until 14th of october i need clearity

    1. Although, the Motsepe Bursary open annually but they accepted the new applications starting at the end of the August. You can try submitting the application again at that time.

  10. Thamsanqa Booi says:

    I am Thamsanqa Booi I am 23 years of age, I live in Eastern Cape (East London). I am doing my 3rd year at Walter Sisulu University in Sport Management ,next year am planning to do my B tech in Sport Management but the problem is I don’t have funds, so I just write this comment to ask for funding for next year.
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Manthada Fhatuwani says:

      What about a person who is older who dropped due to financial crisis,can you help if he intends to study further.

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