De Beers Bursary Scheme

De Beers Bursary Scheme


The story of the De Beers company dates all the way back to 1888 when it was founded by Cecil Rhodes, a British businessman who was financed by Alfred Beit, the South African diamond magnate and N M Rothschild & Sons bank.
Today De Beers operate in 28 countries, with mining taking place in South Africa, Namibia, Canada and Botswana. The company sells about 35% of the rough diamonds in the world.


The de Beers bursary will be awarded to students studying/ intending on studying within one of the following fields:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Commerce (Accounting major)
  • Electrical Engineering (heavy current)
  • Geology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgy (extractive)
  • Mining Engineering

The bursary will cover the following expenses: tuition expenses, registration costs, accommodation and meals, textbook allowance, computer allowance in 3rd year.


Please ensure that you meet the following criteria – applicants who do not meet the eligibility requirements will NOT be considered for the bursary award:

  • South African citizen/ permanent resident,
  • Currently in Matric OR have completed Matric,
  • Achieved a minimum “C” symbol in Science and Mathematics (Higher Grade) in Matric.

Shortlisted applicants will undergo 2 interviews before the bursary is awarded.


Download and complete the de Beers Bursary Application Form (pdf).
Please send your complete application form, certified copy of your ID document and certified copy of your academic record to date, to:
De Beers Bursaries
c/o Career Wise (Pty) Ltd
P.O. Box 30632
South Africa
Tel: 011 403 0933
Fax: 011 403 0977


Bridging bursary – 31 July annually,
Vocational bursary – 15 June annually.