List of CPUT Bursaries, Loans and Scholarships 2024-2025

List of CPUT Bursaries, Loans and Scholarships 2024-2025

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology CPUT offers a variety of bursaries ,Loans and Scholarships to aid students in realizing their academic dreams and goals. These bursaries are generally aimed at students who demonstrate a potential to achieve academic success in their respective fields of study. It should be noted that these bursaries are not automatically awarded, therefore students will have to apply for them.

CPUT Undergraduate Bursaries , Loans and Scholarships

CPUT DHET Fee Adjustment Grant

CPUT DHET Fee Adjustment Grant for Undergraduates

Government will pay the fee increase capped at 8% for all qualifying registered students with a gross combined family income up to R600 000 per annum . This is a grant and will not have to be repaid by qualifying students. The grant will only cover tuition fees and accommodation provided by universities.

Who qualifies?

  • Only South African citizens and citizens with permanent South African residence studying towards an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification
  • The applicant and direct family (mother, father, spouse or legal guardians) must have a GROSS combined family income of R600 000 or less per annum before tax deductions.

How to apply?

Some students will not have to apply for the grant, they will automatically be considered:

  • Applicants who applied for NSFAS funding.
  • All students who attended Quintile 1, 2 and 3 schools in Grade 12.

All other students will have to apply for the fee adjustment grant at registration:

  • All applications will have to be submitted on the relevant application form obtainable from universities or their websites.
  • All applications must include certified copies of IDs of the parents/spouse and/or legal guardians. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Parents, spouses and legal guardians will be requested to acknowledge that they understand that personal information will be requested and provided to third parties who will assist the University with verifying income and that their signature to the application constitutes express written consent.
  • All parties (father / mother / spouse /legal guardians / student) must complete and sign the application.
  • Students who are unsuccessful in their application may appeal within 14 days of the outcome of the decision by completing an Appeals Form which will be loaded onto the University’s website.

Application form

All applications must be submitted, with supporting documents, at the nearest Financial Aid and/or Student Accounts Office.

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CPUT External Bursaries and Scholarships

External bursaries and scholarships are offered by off-campus organisations such as companies, NGOs, government departments, and SETAs. Students must apply to these organisations directly.

The Financial Aid Office has compiled a list of donors who provide financial aid to applicants who meet certain criteria.

List of donors for external bursaries and scholarships

Where else to look for bursaries and scholarships

  • Employers of parents, friends, family
  • Religious organisations
  • Clubs, societies
  • Your local municipality
  • The institute or council of a specific career field
  • Your local newspaper, magazines, the local library
  • Career websites

How to apply for a bursary

  • Write a short letter to ask for application forms for all the bursaries that you think you are eligible for.
  • Apply early, well before the closing date – applications are not accepted after the closing date.
  • Apply only for those bursaries you are eligible for.
  • Apply for as many bursaries as possible.
  • Only accept one bursary unless the organisation says you may apply for others.
  • Be prepared for disappointment – you may not be successful the first time or the second time.
  • Try to make another plan in case you do not get a bursary.
  • A neat, accurate and honest application makes a good impression.

When you fill in your application form

  • Answer all the questions.
  • Complete the form neatly in print.
  • Use black or blue ink only.
  • Keep the form clean and in good condition.
  • Carefully check the form for mistakes.
  • Be completely accurate.
  • Be completely honest.
  • Include a certified copy of your most recent examination results signed by a Commissioner of Oaths, usually found at the local Post Office or Police Station.
  • Ensure you attach all the supporting documents requested by the organisation

CPUT External loans For Undergraduate Students

A wide variety of financial institutions offer study loans to students to pay for their studies. These funds are usually deposited directly into the student’s account. CPUT has no formal arrangement or agreement with these financial institutions in respect of study loans granted to CPUT students. CPUT is not liable for nor do we administer the study loans for these financial institutions.

Listed below are some of the financial institutions where students may apply.



First National Bank

Standard Bank


CPUT Postgraduate Bursaries , Loans and Scholarships

CPUT Postgraduate Masters and Doctoral Funding

Postgraduate students at CPUT are exceptionally well supported by a wide range of bursaries funded by external organisations and by the University.

They are also offered excellent residence accommodation and international student assistance. Click here to visit the web pages of the Office of International Affairs.

Further, postgraduate students qualify to apply for research running costs from the Research Directorate.  Click here to visit their website.

Current Bursary and Scholarship Opportunities

Please take note of the Internal closing date for applications.

Click here for list of Bursaries ( Opens in New Tab )

CPUT BTech/ Honours Bursaries

NSFAS Bursaries/ Loans

NRF BTech Bursaries

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are pleased to announce an application process for Honours’ and Bachelor of Technology (B Tech) bursaries in in the following funding categories: NRF Free-standing; Innovation and Scarce Skills Development Fund.

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Historically, students requesting NRF bursaries for Honours’ and final year B Tech studies applied directly to the university where he/she intended to pursue studies. In order to comply with good corporate governance, the NRF is implementing a standardised application form and process for all Honours and final year B Tech students to submit an application on the NRF Online Submission system. Institutions will use a standard score card provided by the NRF to evaluate eligible applications, before selecting and nominating students to take up the allocated bursaries. Awards will continue to be made to institutions through a block grant allocation based on budget availability.

Applicants closing date is 25 October
NRF/ institutional closing date is 14 November

Implementation framework

Application guide

CHIETA Bursary call

Call information

Application form

Closing date: 31 August

NSFAS honours and BTech call

Call information

Course list

NSFAS Postgraduate Scholarship Programme

Honours and BTech students are invited to apply for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) scholarships tenable at CPUT.

  • This grant is exclusively for South African citizens.
  • The forms must be hand-delivered at the CPGS offices.
  • The assessment will be done by CPGS in line with other bursaries that are managed by CPGS.
  • NB: late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please note that only the courses listed here are applicable for funding.

Call information

NRF BTech call

Call information

Innovation BTech application

Scarce skills application

Freestanding BTech application

CPUT DST-NRF Internship Programme

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is responsible for the management of the DST-NRF Internship Programme in which unemployed Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) graduates and postgraduates are afforded an opportunity to acquire practical work experience and improve their competencies through mentoring and exposure to a research environment.

Internship opportunities are also offered to successful candidates to gain experience in research management, research support and administration at public higher education and research institutions, through a partnership with the Southern African Research & Innovation Management Association (SARIMA).

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • Establish a pool of skilled human resources for the Public and Private Sector, Science Councils, Science Institutions and the National System of Innovation (NSI);
  • Provide university graduates and postgraduates with work experience in SET fields commensurate with their qualifications, thus increasing their chances of employment;
  • Provide SET graduates and postgraduates with exposure to research and development projects that are critical to the NSI and to attract them to pursue careers in the National System of Innovation;
  • Build capacity in research management at higher education institutions (HEIs) and research institutions.

An invitation is hereby extended to your institution to participate in the DST-NRF Internship Programme by hosting DST-NRF interns for a period of 12 months, from 01 April to 31 March

The minimum requirement for placement is a Bachelor’s degree in SET or related disciplines. For those interested in research management, an honours degree or a four-year degree is the required minimum qualification.

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For more information contact the Centre for Postgraduate Studies, Tel: +27 21 953 8600, E-mail:

CPUT Postdoctoral fellowship funding

CPUT Postdoctoral Fellowship Funding

Postdoctoral fellows at CPUT are exceptionally well supported by a wide range of fellowships funded by external organisations and by the University.

They are also offered excellent research facilities, residence accommodation and international affairs assistance. Click here to visit the web pages of the Office of International Affairs.

The fellowship is tenable for one year and renewal for one further year is negotiable but not guaranteed.

Research interests of applicants must be in line with those of the host supervisor and be within the seven focus areas of the RTI blueprint.

Successful applicants will be required to comply with CPUT policies and procedures.

Application deadlines: There are no deadlines
Stipend A tax-free stipend of R120 000 per annum is offered.
Supplementation Fellows are allowed to supplement the stipend by up to two-thirds from other unrelated sources
Research costs Fellows also qualify to apply for R60 000 research running costs. Click here to visit the Research Directorate.
Allowed work Fellows are allowed to work for a maximum of 12 hours per week and the salary is taxable.

Application process

  1. Fellowships can be held in any field of research as stipulated above.
  2. Applicants must contact the intended supervisor.
  3. Applicants must have completed the doctorate in the last 5 years.
  4. Documents required with the application are Certified copy of ID/ Passport, CV with a list of publications, Certified copies of certificates, Proposal of intended programme, Name of intended supervisor, Study permit if applicable.
  5. Successful applicants will be required to publish articles as stipulated by the Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS).
  6. Application letters should be submitted electronically to CPGS at:

Click here for Current Opportunities ( Link Opens in New Tab )

CPUT NSFAS Online Application

CPUT NSFAS Application Form

CPUT NSFAS Application Status

List of Other CPUT Bursaries , Loans and Scholarships


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