The South African Reserve Bank (the Bank), as part of addressing the severe shortage of skills in South Africa, provides bursaries to students in relevant fields of study who are from disadvantaged backgrounds. The purpose of the bursary scheme is to assist financially needy students who obtain good results in Matric/Grade 12 and who want to study in fields relevant to the Bank. The bursary is intended for undergraduate studies at a South African university on a full-time basis.The Bank will have first right of refusal with regard to funded students, that is, bursary holders will be obliged to work for the Bank for a period equal to their bursary period, unless the Bank chooses not to employ them. Students who choose not to work for the Bank despite the Bank offering them a position after completing their studies will be required to pay the full cost of the bursary back to the Bank. The Bank will provide students who are Bank bursary holders vacation work opportunities that are funded by the Bank.
Bursaries will be awarded to students who obtain 60 per cent in the June Matric/Grade 12 examinations. Final awarding of a Bank bursary is subject to a student’s final Matric/Grade 12 results and enrolment acceptance at a South African university. · Bursaries will be awarded to South African citizens only. · The total number of students and related bursary costs will be reviewed annually. · An annual one-off payment for books, accommodation (university accommodation only) and tuition fees will be made to a student.