Eskom Bursaries South Africa 2017 – 2018



Founded in March 1923 as ESCOM (Electricity Supply Commission), a South African electricity public utility. Today the company known as “ESKOM” is home to almost 40 000 employees and is the sole electricity source for the country.

Eskom generates around 95% of South Africa’s electricity and around 45% of Africa’s electricity. Not only do Eskom generate electricity, but they also transmit and distribute this electricity to mining, industrial, agricultural, residential and commercial customers, as well as to redistributors.


As a means of broadening the skill pool in the country and empowering young students to reach their career aspirations, Eskom are awarding bursary programmes to students studying within the following fields:

  • Accounting
  • Engineering: Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • IT
  • Supply Chain


  • Engineering: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Safety and Risk
  • Metallurgy


  • Bricklayers
  • Carpenters
  • Welders
  • Plumbers
  • Boiler Makers
  • Fitters & Turners
  • Millwrights
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electricians
  • Mechanical
  • Power Plant Operators


Eskom are offering 2 types of funding options:
Full Eskom Bursary: for students with a strong academic background – students are required to work for Eskom for the equal duration of the bursary award.
Scholarships: for dependents or children of Eskom employees – students must have a strong academic background and the Eskom employee must have a minimum of 5 years service.

The following expenses are covered:
Full Eskom Bursary: registration and tuition fees, accommodation (or residence), meal costs, prescribed book allowance, PC allowance and a vacation allowance.
Scholarship: registration and tuition fees, accommodation (or residence), meal costs and prescribed book allowance.


Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements before applying:

  • South African citizen
  • Valid ID document and ID number
  • Completed Matric and in possession of a National Senior Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Agree to undergo a medical exam/ health declaration and interview
  • Accepted for admission at a recognised higher education institution (full time studies)


Applicants must have the following minimum academic results before applying:

  • Applicants intending to study at University: minimum HG (C) or “5” symbol in English, Mathematics and Physical Science.
  • Applicants intending to study at Technikons/ University of Technology: minimum HG (D)/ SG (C) or “4” symbol in English, Mathematics and Physical Science.
  • Applicants intending to study at Further Education and Training (FET): minimum HG (E)/ SG (D) or “3” symbol in English, Mathematics and Physical Science.
  • Applicants currently studying at a higher education institution must have passed all registered subjects for the current year of study.



Download and complete the application forms (in full):
Full Eskom Bursary: Eskom Bursary Application Form (.pdf)
Scholarship (University students): HJ van der Bijl Application Form (.pdf)
Scholarship (Technikons/ University of Technology students): Straszacker Application Form (.pdf)

Please include the following supporting documents with your application:

  • Motivational Letter (affidavit to certify content)
  • Copy of ID document
  • Latest university or school results
  • Proof of enrollment/ acceptance at a tertiary study institution.

Application packs must be submitted in one of the following ways:
1) Email:
2) Hand deliver (to your closest Eskom office) AND the following address:
Megawatt Park
Maxwell Drive
3) Post (to your closest Eskom office post box) AND the following post box:
Student Development Department
PO Box 1091


1) Make sure that you submit your application well before the application closing date (as listed below).
2) Shortlisted applied will be required to attend an interview – students will be notified telephonically and via written correspondence.
3) The selection interview process will take place from August to October. Applicants may also be required to undergo a medical declaration or examination.
4) Final selection will occur and awards will be granted based on satisfactory academic results, a successful interview and sufficient medical fitness.
5) Students will be notified of the outcome of their application between October and December.
6) Successful applicants will receive comprehensive documentation regarding the Eskom bursary/ scholarship, as well as a contract and other documentation which must be completed and sent back to Eskom.


31 July annually.


For any bursary queries, please contact:
Eskom Bursary Contact Centre
Tel: 011 800 6961

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