SEIFSA Bursary 2023

Now here’s a great opportunity for students with a passion for the steel and engineering fields.

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is now looking for eager and talented students to apply for its bursary program.

This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to further their studies in this field but lacks the financial means to do so.

The bursary program will require you to meet a few requirements to be considered an ideal applicant.

If you meet these requirements, then you need to apply right away.

Below is a breakdown of exactly how this bursary works and what you will need to do during the application process.

Closing Date

The SEIFSA Bursary application period will end on 30 December 2022.

Please make sure to submit your application and any other supporting materials by this date.

Your application won’t be taken into account by the bursary provider if you don’t do this.

What Is This Bursary About?

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is a metal and engineering industry organization.

SEIFSA supports employer associations and has created policies to better the business environment in which its members work.

It also negotiates collective bargaining agreements covering pay and working conditions with trade unions.

It sits on the boards of the Engineering Industries Pension Fund, the Metal Industries Provident Fund, the Metal and Engineering Industries Permanent Disability Scheme, the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council Sick Pay Fund, the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council, and the Manufacturing, Engineering, and Related Services Seta, representing employers (merSETA).

SEIFSA offers a comprehensive range of products and services to Associations and their members, including advice, assistance, and consultancy (in areas such as labor legislation, dispute resolution, employment conditions, health and safety, broad-based black economic empowerment, contract price adjustment, and skills development), publications, training courses, seminars, and conferences.

The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) encourages and supports the development of competent human capital for the steel and engineering industries.

Every year, SEIFSA awards bursaries to students pursuing professions in the steel and engineering industries.

Financial help is given to qualified full-time students enrolled in recognized undergraduate engineering programs at South African universities or students pursuing a National Diploma in Engineering at universities of technology (UoT).

Who Can Apply

Make sure that you meet the following requirements set by SEIFSA to be considered an ideal applicant:

You must be studying in the following fields:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering

The awardees are chosen based on academic merit, with preference given to employees of SEIFSA member companies and their dependents.

Bursaries are renewed each academic year depending on SEIFSA’s decision, which is based on fund availability and the recipient’s academic performance.

Scholarship recipients must submit academic progress reports to SEIFSA, and failure to do so may result in the cancellation of the bursary.

Contractual Commitments

  • Following successful completion of courses, scholarship winners will be expected to work in South African enterprises related to the steel and engineering industries for the period of the provided bursary. Students should report employment confirmation to SEIFSA once a year.
  • SEIFSA will organize experiential learning for the student.
  • Failure to comply with the SEIFSA bursary terms and conditions, withdrawal from the course, misbehavior in violation of institution rules, unsatisfactory academic performance, and failure to notify SEIFSA of additional funding sources received will result in the bursary being terminated.
  • SEIFSA will be able to recoup bursary payments, including interest, if the beneficiary does not work in the steel and engineering manufacturing industry after graduation. If SEIFSA is unable to find work within 18 months, the receiver will be relieved from this commitment.

Terms and Conditions

  • Bursaries must be used throughout the calendar year at the relevant institution or they will be forfeited.
  • Any change of address must be reported to SEIFSA immediately.
  • SEIFSA will not authorize any changes to the course without prior written approval.

You will also need to meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a South African national.
  • You must have a maximum age of 35 years.
  • Promotion to the following year level requires a minimum 75% average in Grade 12 in both Mathematics and Science, as well as no failures in more than two subjects/learning areas.
  • Financial need/status must be demonstrated – Maximum gross combined income of R40,000.00 per month and R20,000.00 per month if a single parent.
  • Passing a basic aptitude test or anything like as required by the institution.
  • Applications from the chosen group will be given priority.
  • The course’s relevance to the metals and engineering industries, as well as areas where scarce and vital skills are being filled
  • Relatives of employers and employees in the steel and engineering manufacturing sectors who are members of SEIFSA-affiliated associations will be given precedence.

What Does This Bursary Cover?

The whole amount of the bursary will be paid directly to the institution. The remaining balance will be granted to the student to cover additional educational expenditures such as textbooks, transportation, and housing. SEIFSA will not cover the costs of extra exams.

How To Apply

Applying for this bursary is fairly easy, all you need to do is download and complete the following application form, which you can find here.

Submit clear copies of the following supporting papers with your online application (submission of these documents are mandatory; if any elements are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • Passport-sized photograph
  • Proof of institution registration Matric results
  • Updated verified transcript reflecting the institution’s most recent academic results
  • Identity in South Africa Document
  • Testimonial from your employer/school or another authority figure
  • For matriculants, a motivation letter of no more than one page detailing the reasons for choosing the career/field of study and the expected contribution is required.
  • A report of the previous year’s outcomes must be presented by students beginning their second/third/fourth year of study.
  • If judged necessary or required for the relevant field of study, the candidate must provide a medical declaration.

Complete applications should be submitted via one of the following methods:

Email: bursaryapplications@seifsa.co.za 

Hand Delivery: 6th floor, Metal Industries House 42 Anderson Street Johannesburg

Post: PO Box 1338, Johannesburg 2000

Fax: 011 298 9543

Please Note:

Every year, applicants will be notified of the results of their applications by the end of December.

Successful candidates will get award letters to confirm their acceptance of the grant. Following confirmation of acceptance of the award, the institution will be notified that the bursary has been given.

Before the contract is given to the student for signature, recipients must submit their student number and proof of registration from the university for the current academic year to SEIFSA. Existing bursary recipients must reapply for the bursary each year by completing the relevant forms by November 30 for renewal for the next academic year.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this bursary, then you can get in touch with SEIFSA directly through the following means:

Zizile Lushaba

Bursary Project Administrator

Tel: 011 298 9443

Email: bursayapplications@seifsa.co.za

Good luck with your application!