CHIETA Bursary Application Guide


How to Apply to the CHIETA Bursary

The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) bursary is a bursary scheme that supports skills in the chemical sector, including the following skills:

  • Base Chemicals
  • Petroleum
  • Fast Moving Consumer Goods
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Speciality Chemicals
  • Glass
  • Surface Coatings
  • Fertilizers
  • Explosives

The bursary supports South African learners studying or wishing to study at any of the related fields in the chemical industries sector at a registered South African Higher Education and Training (HET) or Further Education and Training (FET) institution. 

The CHIETA bursary covers tuition and book allowance costs within the range of R30 000 to R45 000 for each learner. Should additional funds become available from CHIETA or other bursaries, learners may receive a top-up bursary. The bursary contracts are issued for a year, and renewal is dependent on the learner passing their examinations and the availability of CHIETA funds. 

The CHIETA bursary will fund undergraduate studies at South African institutions of higher learning provided the students are looking to study a programme in the following fields:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Technology
  • Polymer Technology
  • Pharmacy
  • Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Operations Management

CHIETA Bursary Requirements

Prior to applying to the bursary, it is important that learners look at the requirement and make sure that they meet all of them. Should the requirements not be met, the application may not be considered. 

For the application to be considered, the applicant must:

  • Be a South African citizen.
  • Be between the ages of 18 to 35.
  • Be in grade 12 or possess a grade 12 certificate with a minimum of level 6 in Mathematics and Physical Science. If the applicant is already registered and studying at an accredited institution of higher learning.

Application Procedure

In October, the CHIETA bursary scheme may post advertisements calling for learners to apply to the bursary in the national newspapers and post the application forms on the CHIETA website. 

The applicant will need to have the following documents before proceeding with the application:

  • An accurately completed and signed CHIETA bursary application form.
  • A certified identity document or birth certificate.
  • A certified copy of grade 12 results or mid-year results. 
  • A certified letter of acceptance from an accredited institution of higher learning. or certified proof of registration and latest results if already registered.
  • Certified copies of parents or guardian’s proof of income if employed or affidavit if unemployed.
  • A motivational letter. 

To apply, visit the CHIETA website at and download the application form. Complete the form accurately and carefully and submit it, along with the accompanying documents, to [email protected]

Closing Date

The application closing date for the 2023 academic year is 31 July 2023 at 15:00.

For the 2022 academic year, the applications will open on 4 June 2023.

For more information about the CHIETA bursary scheme or if you would like to find out more about other learnerships and apprenticeships supported by CHIETA, please contact CHIETA by:

Email:  [email protected]

Or you can visit their offices or contact them by phone: 

Head Office Projects Unit

Thando Veyi – 011 628 7000

Gauteng and Central

Brenda Ledwaba – 011 628 7088

Western Cape 

Faith Nenemba – 021 551 1113/4

KwaZulu-Natal/Eastern Cape

Nelisiwe Gumede – 031 368 4040

Or visit the CHIETA website: