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Financial Support and funding from the City of Cape Town<h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​​​External bursaries from the City </h2><p>Although higher education falls under national government, each year the City of Cape Town offers up to 45 external bursaries in skills we consider ‘scarce’ or important for our economy. </p><p> <strong>Scarce skills </strong>are skills which not many people have, such as engineering, or science. Our scarce skills financial support is for full-time studies only, and covers: </p><ul><li>registration;</li><li>tuition;</li><li>examination fees;</li><li>capped book allowance;</li><li>may include accommodation and transport (where a proven need exists).</li></ul><p>View a <a href="" target="_blank">list of scarce skills currently in demand at the City</a>.</p><p>While you are studying, the relevant department at the City will help you with any practical training you need for your course. We will also appoint someone to mentor you – usually an appropriate person from the department funding your studies.</p><blockquote><p>​ <em>​​​​"Thanks to the external bursary I have now obtained my qualification in Town and Regional Planning. I’m very happy that on completion of my course I was afforded the opportunity to work for the City of Cape Town."</em>​ <b>Muneerah Siamat</b><cite><em>(National Diploma: Town and Regional Planning), now permanently employed as Assistant Professional Officer by the City’s Land Use and Management Department</em></cite></p></blockquote><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​How we select students</h2><p> Selection is based on the following: </p><ul><li>Your financial need</li><li>The relevant department’s staffing strategy (for example, candidates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds only/women only etc.)</li><li>Any specific requirements for the selected scarce skill (for example, an “A” in maths)</li></ul><p> <strong>Important requirements</strong></p><ul><li>External bursaries are only open to residents of South Africa.</li><li>You must be finishing school or in your first, second or third year of studies in the fields (scarce or critical skills) predetermined and advertised by the City by us.</li><li>The external bursaries are relevant only for full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degrees and diplomas at approved tertiary institutions.</li></ul> <span> </span> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">After your studies</h2></span> <p>Once you have completed your studies, you will need to work for us for the same number of years as the period of funding. If we don't have a job vacancy for you when you have finished studying, we will release you from this agreement and, if possible, guide you in the right direction to find a position somewhere else.</p><p> <strong>For more information on applying for bursaries from the City of Cape Town:</strong></p><ul><li>call our HR Service Desk: <em> <a>021 400 3434</a></em>; or</li><li>check your community and weekend newspapers for any of our adverts.</li></ul><p>Visit our City Connect portal for a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a bursary from the City. </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading white-copy yellow bg-darker-grey"><div class="graphic"> <i class="info citycard">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>City Connect</h4><p> <a href="">Apply for a bursary​</a></p></div></div></span> <ul></ul><blockquote><p>​ <em>​​​​"I hope one day I will be able to help other students achieve their goals just as the City of Cape Town helped me."</em>​ <b>Lubabalo Manyi </b> <cite> <em>(National Diploma Electrical Engineering), now permanently employed as a technician by the City’s Electricity Department</em></cite></p></blockquote> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Other ways to fund your studies</h2></span> <p>If you need financial assistance for your studies, it’s important to look around and approach a range of companies and organisations. Here are some good ways to look for support:</p><ul><li>See this <a title="bursaries" href="" target="_blank">list of bursaries<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> from the Western Cape Government, Western Cape universities, National Government departments and public entities as well as international bursaries.</li><li>See the <a href="" target="_blank">Department of Higher Education and Training’s Bursary Pack<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>, which includes the latest bursaries for the current year.</li><li>Find a summary of the latest corporate and government sponsored bursaries around South Africa <a href="" target="_blank">here<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>.</li><li>Grab a copy of The Bursary Register, an updated guide with a list of institutions and companies that offer bursaries, scholarships and loans (available in hard copy only). To order, call <em> <a>072 226 1684</a></em> or send an email to <em> <a href=""></a></em> and request an order form. </li><li> <strong>NB –</strong> make sure you order the book well in advance so that you have enough time to study it and start applying.</li></ul>GP0|#15521739-9dd5-45a5-8b36-fc86bdc7d1b7;L0|#015521739-9dd5-45a5-8b36-fc86bdc7d1b7|Financial Support and funding from the City of Cape Town;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#901338f6-5d04-4580-986b-63e3fd656c52;GPP|#fbda9c08-4b90-4e3a-801c-c6b29faf98ab;GPP|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;GP0|#0b3728d0-542f-4b58-842e-9071af8c36a9;L0|#00b3728d0-542f-4b58-842e-9071af8c36a9|Financial Support and funding from the City of Cape Town;GPP|#29d0f5bb-fd5d-40b5-b142-792fa739d0b5;GP0|#93325039-8f61-446f-a7eb-f8e7f67cfc7c;L0|#093325039-8f61-446f-a7eb-f8e7f67cfc7c|Financial Support and funding from the City of Cape Town;GPP|#870d82e9-1ef0-479f-9071-3399da77d7b1Learn about external bursaries on offer from the City of Cape Town and how to apply.





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