Bursary Program

About the program

The bursary program aims to widen opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds by providing appropriate and relevant funding that aligns with the Cipla Graduate Skills Program required qualifications (fields of study). Cipla SA awards bursaries to students studying at accredited PUBLIC tertiary learning institutions.

Bursars may be expected to work (vacwork) during specified vacations. The objective is to provide students opportunity to experience the world of work; and where possible – opportunity to transfer knowledge into skills.

Highly motivated, excellence-focused students, who are willing and able to fail and learn fast; who will innovate, collaborate and create the Cipla of tomorrow.

We’re looking for the change-makers, the insatiably curious, the socially intelligent, the culturally aware, the most resilient, most agile, the digital natives, the game-changers.

Students who consistently maintain a 70% average for each year of study; willing to participate in the Cipla ‘vacwork’ programs; and apply to the Cipla Graduate Skills Program.


  • Only applications via the Cipla careers online application system are considered. Incomplete applications are automatically disqualified.
  • Studying in a field listed in the ‘Fields of Study’
  • Documents (PDF format ) include single-page CV with photo; contact numbers/emails; SA identity #
  • Funding requests require supporting invoices, statements or quotes. If none provided, no funding will be given. For private accommodation – copy of lease or landlord affidavit
  • Once funding approved, we credit your institute student account. Funding is never paid directly into a student’s personal bank account.
  • Funding is ‘once off’ per year i.e., the students institute account is credited with the full amount, no additional funding request are accommodated thereafter. Funding is finalised by 30th March
  • Funding is reviewed annually, and continued on condition student maintains 70% average

Fields of Study

When funding students, the bursary committee considers CIPLA’s current and future succession plans, and the scarce skills needed to grow the business:

  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Economic Management Sciences
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Sciences, Industrial Psychology, Human Resources
  • Manufacturing – logistics; demand planning; production; warehousing
  • Natural Sciences
  • Pharmacists
  • Social Sciences – Digital Marketing and Communications
  • Supply Chain

Applications for 2024 now open. Apply now

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