EY bursary2024 application?

EY (previously known as Ernst & Young, until it underwent re-branding in 2013) was founded in 1989 when a merger occurred between two companies, namely Ernst & Whinney and Arthur Young & Co. Although the firms history dates back all the way to 1849, when Harding & Pullein was founded. Today, EY is one of the biggest multinational professional services firms across the globe, as well as one of the “Big Four” accounting firms.

The company provides the following services to companies: tax, advisory, assurance (including financial audit) and consulting services. Headquartered in London, EY currently employs over 230 000 staff members, in its 700 offices in 150 countries.


EY is inviting students to apply for their bursary programme, for the 2024 academic year.

Bursaries will be awarded for studies towards a Chartered Accountancy degree studies. EY offers 2 types of bursaries:
1) The Academic Merit Bursary: for students with a strong academic record.
2) The Academic Merit with Financial Need Bursary: for students with a strong academic record AND in financial need.The bursary will provide cover for the following expenses:
1) The Academic Merit Bursary: partial tuition fees only.

2) The Academic Merit with Financial Need Bursary: one or more, or a combination of tuition fees, accommodation, books and meals.

Once students have completed their qualification, they will be required to work for EY, for the duration of the training contract (for a minimum of 3 years).

www.zabursaries.co.za is committed to keeping you up to date with the latest bursary opportunities, and this article covers all details about the EY Bursary.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview (read EY’s interview tips here).


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 have completed Matric or be currently in Matric
  • You must have a strong academic record
  • You must have achieved a minimum of 4 A’s in Matric (excluding Life Orientation)
  • You must be studying or registered to study towards a Chartered Accountancy degree qualification (3 to 4 years) and an Accounting Honours/ Certificate in Theory in Accounting (CTA) (1 year)
  • You must be studying or accepted to study at one of the following SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) accredited Universities: University of Witwatersrand/ University of Johannesburg/ University of Pretoria/ Rhodes University/ University of Cape Town/ University of Western Cape/ University of Stellenbosch/ University of Free State/ North West University/ University of KwaZulu-Natal/ University of Fort Hare/ University of Limpopo/ University of Zululand/ University of Venda/ Walter Sisulu University/ UNISA/ Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University/ Monash/ Institute of Accounting Science
  • You must have strong accounting skills
  • You must have proven financial need, if applying for the Academic Merit with Financial Need Bursary



Applications must be submitted online at:
EY Bursary Application 2024 (for current University students)
(Reference: 1442531)

EY Bursary Application 2024 (for current Matric students)
(Reference: 1445160)

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)
  • Grade 11 final report and Matric latest report, if currently in Matric
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric
  • Latest Academic Transcript, if currently studying
  • Proof of registration for the 2023 academic year, if currently studying
  • University Acceptance Letter, if currently in Matric
  • Parents or guardians proof of household income (latest payslips if employed/ affidavit if unemployed
  • Latest fee quote from University
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivational letter to support your application (read our tips on how to write a motivational letter for your bursary application)

Note: all documents must be combined into a single pdf document.


Current University students: 31 October 2023.
Current Matric students: 31 January 2024.
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)


For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact EY directly:
Contact page: https://www.ey.com/en_za/connect-with-us