MTN Bursary South Africa 2021-2022 Online Application


The MTN bursary South Africa 2020-2021 is ongoing. The MTN Foundation not only has bursaries to offer talented candidates but moreover also Learnerships and Graduate Development programs.  MTN SA is proud to be building and developing South Africa’s economy, skilled workforce and also contribute to creating jobs.  They are always looking for deserving candidates that can make a difference.

How to Apply for a Bursary/ Things You Need to Know Before Applying for a Bursary

When applying for a bursary, focus on your top achievements and remember it’s about quality, not quantity.

The question of how to get your bursary application at the top of the pile and beat the competition has never been more important. Keep these points in mind, and follow our advice to create an application that wins hearts.

Your application will get judged by people who don’t know you

When applying for a bursary, keep in mind that you’re possibly competing with tons of other applicants. Your marks might also be difficult to judge if they’re not sure of how to measure them against other students. Focus on your top achievements such as outstanding research or essay work – remember, it’s about quality, not quantity.

Write a letter of motivation

This gives you the chance to motivate why you should be the successful candidate. Include details like who you are, why you want to study the course you’ve chosen, what qualities will help you be successful in your studies and what you see yourself doing when you have the degree. Keep your letter short, but use a professional tone. After you’ve written it, give it to a teacher, a tutor or someone who can help you identify whether it needs work or is acceptable for submission.

Craft a CV

Some bursary applications require a CV which is why you should take your time to craft a well-thought-out CV. If you’ve had a few part-time jobs – great, list them. But if you have little to no work experience (which is the case with most students) don’t worry about it too much. Rather use your CV to punt your achievements or awards you’ve received. 

Be selective with the activities and awards you include

While it’s important that you include activities and special awards on your CV, only include the relevant ones. Look at your list and decide which of those highlight your best attributes and exclude the rest.

Include a recommendation letter (or two)

Ask a teacher or an advisor who knows your capabilities and your background to write a letter of recommendation. Make sure they link your academic achievements and/or leadership abilities to your field of interest and include why they think you are the ideal candidate for the job. Recommenders are meant to know your abilities well, so ensure that your letter highlights your successes – academically and in your extramural activities.

How should you ask for a recommendation letter?

The important thing with a letter of recommendation is not to rush it. Once you’ve identified one or two people who you would like to be a recommender, chat to them about your letter. Tell them what you would like to study and why you need to apply for a bursary. This will help your recommender with the structure and content of the letter.

Give him or her as much detail as possible about the course you want to study to study and also why you think you’re a great candidate for the application – use your marks and achievements to motivate for a good letter.  Also, give them enough time to write a letter worth considering; don’t wait for the last minute and expect them to agree.

Proofread and eliminate all mistakes

A strong application is one without spelling and grammar mistakes. Use your computer’s spell check and ask an English teacher to read through your application before submitting it. A second set of eyes might see mistakes that you’ve unintentionally overlooked.  

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Level/Fields of Study

MTN will be awarding bursaries to deserving students within the following fields of study:

  • Accounting / Accounting Science
  • Internal Accounting
  • Business Risk Management
  • Human Resources
  • Computer Science
  • Marketing
  • Light Current Engineering
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Engineering
  • Software Development
  • Information Systems
  • Technology

Host Country

The MTN bursary South Africa will be taken in South Africa.

However, if you wish to study in Canada, read this >> Canadian Scholarships for International Students 2020-2021.

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Eligible Countries

The MTN South African Bursary is open to only South African students.

However, there are numerous international scholarships for international students to study in any country of choice.

You can check this our heavily recommended post How to Study Abroad for Free in 2020-2021

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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):

  • South African citizen
  • Completed Matric
  • Studying or intend on studying within one of the aforementioned fields of study
  • Studying or intend on studying at a recognised South African tertiary institute
  • Good academic record
  • *Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged students

How to Apply for MTN bursary South Africa 2020-2021

Students who meet the eligibility requirements can apply by submitting clear copies of the following supporting documentation (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate (certified copy)
  • Full tertiary academic record (on tertiary institution letterhead)
  • Latest academic transcripts (certified copies)
  • Proof of enrollment in one of the aforementioned fields of study
  • Proof of household income (latest payslips/ affidavit if unemployed/ pension statement if on state pension)
  • Full Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivational letter explaining where you see yourself in the future and how this bursary will help you achieve your dreams

Applications must be submitted in one of the following ways:
1) Email:
2) Fax: 011 912 5127
3) Post:
Bursary Department
MTN Bursary Connection
P.O. Box 32597

Application Deadline

31 May annually.
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)


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