Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Bursaries 2025

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Bursaries 2025

Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) invites South African students to apply for Bursary Programme 2025 academic year.

Bursary Application Closing Date: 30 September 2024

Bursaries will be awarded for undergraduate studies within the following fields:
Commerce and Management Studies:

  • BCom Accounting (CA)
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Econometrics Business Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Accounting or Engineering
  • Financial Management
  • Investment Management
  • Information Systems (BCom)
  • Information Technology
  • Internal Audit
  • Quantitative Finance
  • Quantitative Risk Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Transport or Logistics Management


  • Agricultural Studies
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Geology (University of Technology leading to a B Tech)
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgy Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Quantity Surveying

Applied Commercial Sciences:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Actuarial Science
  • Agricultural Studies
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Statistics


  • BCom Law (Commercial Law)
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB)
  • Diploma Law Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law

Bursaries will be awarded to learners who are academically talented but lack funding to pursue higher education.

The bursary will provide cover for the following expenses: tuition fees, accommodation, meal allowance, transport allowance and a once-off laptop.

Students must be in financial need, as an affordability assessment will be conducted as part of the selection process.


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):

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must NOT be older than 26 years old
  • You must be currently be in Matric or have completed Matric
  • You must be studying or intend on studying full time towards a first undergraduate qualification, in one of the fields listed above (the bursary will NOT fund second qualifications)
  • Postgraduate funding will only be awarded to Finance, Accounting and Law students (the bursary will NOT fund postgraduate qualifications in other fields)
  • You must be studying or intend on studying at a recognised public University, University of Technology or TVET College in South Africa (the bursary will NOT fund studies at private colleges)
  • Matric students: you must have achieved a minimum of 75% Admission Point Score (APS)
  • Tertiary students: you must have achieved a minimum of 65% APS
  • You must have combined household income of NOT more than R600 000 per annum
  • You must have an excellent academic performance
  • You must be in financial need
  • You must be unemployed
  • Preference will be given to students living with a disability
  • Preference will be given to students who are studying or matriculated from Quintile 1, 2 and 3 schools (public schools), schools from previously disadvantaged communities, and from rural areas

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online at: IDC Bursary Application 2025

Applicants will be required to register an account before they can login and apply (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

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

  • ID document (certified copy – not older than 6 months)
  • Grade 11 final results and Matric June results, if currently in Matric (certified copies)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Latest academic results, if not studying this year (certified copy)
  • 2024 mid-year (first semester) results, if currently studying (certified copy)
  • Proof of acceptance or provisional admission at a tertiary institution (on institutions letterhead)
  • Parents or guardians ID documents (certified copies – not older than 6 months)
  • Unabridged birth certificate, if surname of the applicant & the parent(s) is different (certified copy)
  • Parents or guardians proof of income (latest payslips if employed/ affidavit and 6 months Bank Statements if unemployed/ 3 months’ bank statement if self-employed/ SASSA Letter stating the grants received if applicable/ death certificate if deceased/ divorce certificate if divorced/ sworn statement if separated) (certified copies).