EY Bursary Programme – (Ernst & Young Bursary)

Ernst & Young believes in individual growth and development, from school level to University to working level, and has created opportunities for those who show commitment within a growing and transforming Chartered Accounting field. 

EY bursaries are awarded only to those with a proven high academic record, show that they have the ability to perform, and in financial need to accomplish and succeed in their goals.

To support broad-based growth and equal opportunity, the Ernst and Young Bursary programme aims at the development of future outstanding leaders. To deliver quality service, ensuring their purpose in “Building a better working world,” and creating a positive impact within the working world. 

Closing date of the bursary

The EY Bursaries are available throughout the year. There is no closing deadline.

About the EY Bursary

A chance for an exceptional experience to build your career, Ernst & Young are looking for graduates who share their core values, who show real commitment to qualify as a Chartered Accountant, ready to face complex challenges, and share great ideas. With a team of motivated individuals, Ernst & Young will provide support and assist you in achieving your full potential.

You will receive and develop the right skills through their training programs, the coaching of high-performing individuals, and access to the latest technology. If you have strong accounting skills, a high academic record, the ability to build relationships, and in financial need of assistance, you may apply for the EY bursary

If you are one of the successful candidates, they will require you to work for the full term of your training contract, which is a minimum of three years.

What Happens Once You Enter a Training Contract with EY?

  • First-year trainees are called Assistants and will get to know the Clients and the Businesses. At the end of the year will write the first year Qualifying Exam 1 – Initial Test of Competence (ITC)
  • Second-year trainees are called Seniors and expected to contribute more and take on more responsibility. At the end of the second year, the trainees will need to write the Qualifying Exam 2 – Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)
  • Third and Final year trainees are called Supervisors and need to manage or take charge of a client portfolio, supervise and coach junior trainees. Once the Third year trainee passes both exams and completes the training, they will be registered with SAICA as a CA(SA). 

What does this bursary cover?

There are two types of bursaries offered:

  1. Academic Merit with Financial need bursary covers one or more, or a combination of:
  • Tuition
  • Accommodation
  • Books
  • It may include meals

2. Academic Merit with Financial need bursary covers only a portion of Tuition fees.

Who Can Apply?

Those who are currently studying or plan to study toward a Degree in Chartered Accounting, CA(SA).  


If you do not meet the following requirements, they will not consider your application.

  • South African Citizenship
  • If in Matric an Academic Record with Grade 11 results, a minimum of 4 A’s (excluding Life Orientation); that you will study toward a relevant CA degree (three to four years) and a year Accounting Honours / Certificate in Theory in Accounting (CTA)
  • If currently studying: must have achieved minimum results of 60% for each subject (June exams, if currently in your first year of study / final exams)
  • Proof of acceptance and/or enrolled at a SAICA (South Africa Institute of Chartered Accountants) accredited University.
  • Certified copy of your ID document
  • Certified copy of proof of address
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivational Letter
  • Recent Fee Quotation from the applicable University
  • Proof of registration from the applicable University 
  • Proof of household income (applicable for Academic Merit with Financial Need Bursary applications).

Which Universities are SAICA accredited?

  • University of Witwatersrand 
  • University of Free State
  • University of Western Cape.
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Rhodes University
  • University of Limpopo
  • University of Pretoria 
  •  UNISA 
  •  Monash
  •  University of KZN          
  •  University of Fort Hare
  •  University of Zululand
  •  North-West University 
  •  Institute of Accounting Science
  •  University of Venda
  •  Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

How to Apply?

The application process for the Ernst and Young Bursary can only be done online through the EY website. Click on the link provided to begin the online application process.  https://www.ey.com/en_za/careers/apply-for-our-bursary-program

  • If you are a first-time applicant, first register your profile and select the programme you are interested in applying for.
  • Under Select Jobs type “Bursary” and click search
  • Select and click apply for the bursary you wish to apply
  • Attach a copy of your CV, ID Document, and Recent Transcript
  • An EY Recruiter or Bursary Co-ordinator will contact you
  • Upon receipt of all documentation, your application will be reviewed
  • If you meet the Bursary criteria you will be invited for a virtual video interview*
  • If you are successful, you will be offered a training contract (if not yet signed up with EY), and then you will be offered a Bursary Agreement. 

*Interview tips: https://www.ey.com/en_za/careers/interview-tips-

Contact information

For any queries related to the EY Bursary programme, you can connect with the EY Assurance Graduate Recruitment Team via the link provided: https://www.ey.com/en_gl/connect-with-us

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