Absa Bursary Programme

Absa Bursary 2023 – Are you looking for Absa Bursary online application 2023? In this article, I will provide you with details on the Absa Bursary, how to submit your application online and other related information.

Application is currently open for Absa Bursary 2023. The Amalgamated Banks of South Africa (ABSA) group invites qualifying South African students to apply for its Bursary Programme 2023 academic year.

  • Closing Date: No deadline has been set yet.

Absa Group Limited is a financial services group located in South Africa and listed on the JSE. The Group is a major stakeholder and owner of banks in South Africa, as well as in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. They are also located in Namibia, Nigeria, the United States and the United Kingdom.

The Group is one of the biggest diversified financial services groups on the African continent and they offer clients the following services: personal banking, business banking, corporate banking, investment banking, credit cards, bancassurance, wealth and investment management.

Absa Bursary Eligible Fields

Absa are inviting students from selected African countries, to apply for the Absa Fellowship Programme. Students will not only receive a full merit scholarship, they will also receive exposure to a specifically designed Leadership Development Programme and mentorship by Absa leadership and industry experts. The Absa Fellowship aims to provide financial assistance for tertiary studies, develop capable leadership, encourage transformative collaboration and aid progressive thinking.

The scholarship will provide cover for NQF7 undergraduate degree studies within the fields of: Creative Arts, Digital or Data Design, Engineering, Humanities (Social Sciences), Mathematics, Science and Technology, including the following:


  • Creative Arts
  • Digital Arts
  • Drama
  • Drama and Film Studies
  • Drama and Performance
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Film and Media Production
  • Film and Television
  • Media Studies
  • Theatre and Performance
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Studies


  • Architecture
  • City and Regional
  • Digital Media
  • Game design
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Information Design
  • Integrated Art and Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Media and Writing
  • Multi Media
  • Multimedia (Digital) Design
  • Urban Design
  • Urban, Regional and Development Planning
  • Visual Communication


Science (any BSc degree, including but not limited to):

  • Agriculture
  • Applied Bioinformatics
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Applied Physics and Engineering Mathematics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry and Chemical Technology
  • Chemistry and Polymer Science
  • Chemistry with Chemical Engineering
  • Developmental Biology
  • Earth Sciences
  • Food Science
  • Genetics
  • Geoinformatics
  • Hydrology
  • Marine Biology
  • Meteorology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Ocean and Atmosphere Science
  • Oceanography
  • Physics

Social Science: Humanities (any BA degree, including but not limited to):

  • Arts and Visual Arts
  • Audiology
  • Drama
  • Education
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Political Sciences
  • Politics
  • Social Dynamics
  • Social Work
  • Speech Language
  • Theatre and Performance


  • Actuarial and Financial Mathematics
  • Actuarial Science
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • Econometrics
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics of Finance
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Statistics and Data Science


  • Business Computing
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science and Informatics
  • Computer Science and Statistics
  • Informatics
  • Information and Knowledge Systems
  • Information Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Computer Science
  • Information Systems Management
  • Information Technology

What Does Absa Bursary Cover?

The ABSA Fellowship bursary will cover the following school-related expenses:

  • Full tuition coverage
  • Accommodation
  • Textbooks and educational tools
  • Laptop
  • Meal allowance
  • Monthly stipend

The bursary programme will provide cover for the following study related expenses: tuition fees, textbooks, educational equipment, laptop, accommodation, meal allowance and a monthly stipend.

Students will be required to take part in Absa’s leadership development programme, which will include the following: online lectures and assessments, leadership programme, learner modules and guides, travel expenses (if required), emotional wellness check-ins, academic tutoring and mentoring.

Bursaries are awarded for 1 academic year at a time and will be awarded for the following year based on these factors: academic performance, conduct at the end of the academic year, current eligibility requirements, attendance participation of at least 85%, and participation in the leadership programme workshops and interventions.

Students are NOT required to pay back the award after graduation/ completing their studies.

Absa Bursary Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • Must be a citizen and permanent resident in South Africa (or any of these countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia)
  • Must be between 18 and 25 years old
  • Must be currently in Matric or have completed Matric
  • Must have received a minimum overall average of 65% in Matric or an equivalent qualifications from a TVET college
  • Must be studying or intend on studying full time, towards an undergraduate degree in one of the aforementioned fields of study
  • Must have receive provisional or full acceptance from one of these Universities in South Africa: University of Cape Town/ University of Stellenbosch/ University of Johannesburg/ University of the Witwatersrand/ University of Pretoria/ University of KwaZulu-Natal (other institutes are NOT covered)
  • Must be entering your first year of study

How to Apply for Absa Bursary 2023

Applications must be submitted online via: https://absafellowship.sv.co.za/pages/login

Students will be required to register an account before proceeding with their application: https://absafellowship.sv.co.za/pages/register

* Please download and read the Absa Fellowship FAQ’s(.pdf) before applying.

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Passport/ ID document if not an SA citizen (certified copy)
  • Matric students: final Matric results/ NCV Level 4 results
  • Current tertiary students: last years final exam results
  • Provisional or final acceptance from one of the aforementioned universities
  • Disability certificate, if applicable
  • Confirmation of tuition and accommodation fees
  • Proof of parents/ guardians household income: pay slips if employed/ affidavit if unemployed/ SASSA slip if applicable/ Pension slip if applicable/ proof of maintenance if parents are divorced/ death certificate if deceased (certified after December 2020)

Selection Process

Students will be selected based on these criteria: academic merit, assessed skills, competency, field of study and university. The selection process will include the following steps:

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take part in online assessments.
  • Further shortlisted candidates will be invited to take part in online panel interviews with Absa’s Senior Managers.
  • The next stage of shortlisted candidates will be submitted to the Scholarship Committee for pre- final selection and these recipients will then undergo a social media background check and thereafter a provisional offer letter will be sent.
  • Candidates who receive the provisional offer letter, must then submit proof of final acceptance/ registration at a selected university, as well as final matric results and quotes from the university for tuition and accommodation.

Absa Bursary 2023 Closing Date

The closing date for the submission of applications for Absa Bursary 2022 is 5 April 2022. Applications will reopen in the last quarter of 2022, for the 2023 academic year. No deadline for submission of applications has been set for Absa bursary 2023 as of this posting. Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.

Contact information

For any queries related to this scholarship programme, please contact Absa directly:

  • Address: 3rd Floor Absa Towers East 170 Main Street Johannesburg Gauteng Province 2001 South Africa
  • Tel: 011 501-5089
  • E-mail: absa@absa.co.za

Ensure to read the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers before submitting any queries. Please do NOT contact Absa if this scholarship has already closed.