Bursaries @ MINTEK


Mintek’s Mission Statement (insert mission statement) affirms Mintek’s aim to provide appropriately-skilled graduates to both Mintek itself as well as to the broader South African minerals and metallurgy sector.

Mintek’s Undergraduate and Postgraduate Bursary Programmes are one of the ways in which we ensure that the most talented, well trained and highly skilled technical people are able to study further. Many of our graduates join Mintek as employees, ensuring that Mintek’s operational, research and development needs are met.


Applications to Mintek’s Undergraduate Bursary Programme (which includes Honours level degrees) closes in April of each year.

Mintek offers undergraduate bursaries for the following qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degrees
  • Honours degrees
  • BTech/BEngTech Diplomas

The bursaries cover the full payment of registration, tuition and residence fees, plus an allowance, with the understanding that there will be a commitment to work at Mintek on a year-for-year basis. On completion of their studies, bursars undergo an intensive graduate development programme that is aimed at turning them into career scientists.

Vacation Work

As part of the undergraduate bursary offering, Mintek bursars are obliged to undertake vacation work at Mintek at the end of their first, second, and third undergraduate years for approximately 8 weeks. Vacation work affords Mintek the opportunity to impart to bursars the necessary knowledge, skills and experience that is needed to research, development and technology transfer to industry, and to evaluate them as potential employees. Every student is allocated to a technical division and is directly involved in a relevant Mintek project.

Vacation work is available only to Mintek bursars.

Qualification Criteria


Undergraduate bursaries are offered to matriculants subject to the learner being accepted at a university and having gained matriculation exemption, with a minimum of Level 5 in Mathematics, Physical Science and English. The student also needs to have taken Mathematics and Physical Science in Grades 10-12 and achieved a minimum of Level 5 in both subjects.

University Students:

Students already enrolled at university may also apply for a Mintek bursary, provided that the student does not have any financial support that entails a service obligation upon graduation, and can demonstrate acceptable academic performance.

Only South African citizens studying full-time are eligible for undergraduate bursaries.

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There is no closing date to submit applications to Mintek’s Postgraduate Bursary Programme

Mintek offers postgraduate bursaries for the following qualifications:

  • Masters degrees
  • Doctoral degrees

Postgraduate Bursary Programme

Mintek’s Postgraduate Bursary Programme further equips undergraduates through the development of research methodology skills at the Masters level, followed by the generation of original research that contributes new knowledge to a field at the Doctoral level. Bursaries cover the full payment of registration, tuition and residence fees, plus an allowance, in return for a commitment to work at Mintek on a month-for-month basis. Bursars are also given the opportunity to work closely with some of the world’s foremost researchers, learn more about other scientific divisions at Mintek and become involved in interesting research.

Bursaries are awarded in the following fields of study:

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry (Analytical or Geochemistry)
  • Chemical Engineering (Minerals Processing or Process Control)
  • Electrical Engineering (Process Control Systems or Electronics)
  • Extractive Metallurgy (Pyrometallurgy or Hydrometallurgy, including Bio-hydrometallurgy)
  • Fuel Cells
  • Geology (Mineralogy, Petrology, Applied Geology or Economic Geology)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Minerals Processing
  • Mining Engineering
  • Mining-Focused Environmental Compliance
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Physical Metallurgy
  • Physics
  • Precious Metal-Based drug Discovery

Qualification Criteria

For postgraduate bursaries:

Postgraduate bursaries are offered subject to Mintek’s ongoing research and development programmes. As such, successful applications are subject to approval by the relevant Mintek research manager, which may also entail negotiation between the student, the student’s supervisor at university, and the potential supervisor at Mintek concerning the research project. Foreign nationals residing in South Africa may, in exceptional circumstances, apply for a postgraduate bursary.

Note that some of the above fields are relevant only at the postgraduate level. Please also note that Mintek does not provide bursaries to students studying towards their National Diplomas.

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