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Sasol is pleased to announce a call for New Applications for Sasol Postgraduate Bursaries for the upcoming academic year.

To support economic growth demands in South Africa and to satisfy our own requirements for highly skilled postgraduates in the science and engineering disciplines, Sasol awards postgraduate bursaries for M.Sc., M.Eng. and PhD. studies in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.


These awards will be made for postgraduate research supporting Sasol and South Africa’s energy and circular economy transition, through application of the following core disciplines:

  1. Applied Mathematics
  2. Chemical Engineering – Environmental
  3. Chemical Engineering – Fluid Dynamics
  4. Chemical Engineering – Mathematical and Statistical Modelling
  5. Chemical Engineering – Process Modelling
  6. Chemical Engineering – Reactor Technology
  7. Chemical Engineering – Separation Technology
  8. Chemical Engineering – Thermodynamics
  9. Chemistry – Advance analytical Chemistry in the areas of Vibrational Spectroscopy or Gas Chromatography
  10. Chemistry – Catalysis or Polymer Science
  11. Chemistry – Environmental Science in the areas of Water, Waste or Air
  12. Cyber Security
  13. Statistics


To apply for the above-mentioned Postgraduate fields, the student current field of study should be one of the following: 

  1. B.Eng. / B.Sc. Chemical Engineering
  2. B.Sc. Chemistry
  3. B.Sc. Statistics
  4. B.Sc. Applied Mathematics
  5. B.Sc. Computer Science
  6. B.Eng. Electronic Engineering
  7. B.Eng. Computer Engineering


Applicants need not have a formal project proposal ready but should know in which area of chemistry or chemical engineering they would like to study and should be able to discuss possible topics which would support the current sustainability imperatives.

Successful candidates will engage with Sasol technical experts and academic supervisors to finalise a project proposal.

Students interested in an Honours Degree or 4th year studies should apply under South African Undergraduate studies, with the relevant year of study.

The main criteria used in the selection of successful applicants are:

  1. Postgraduate bursaries will be awarded for full-time studies exclusively
  2. Applicants must have completed or are currently in the final year preceding the PG degree he/she will be registered for in 2023.
  3. A minimum of 65% average must have been obtained in Hons/4th year
  4. South African citizen (ID document/card)
  5. Post-graduate studies must be at a recognised and approved South African university – NB. No consideration/approval for studies abroad will be provided.
  6. Applicant should have an exceptional academic record
  7. Applicant with a criminal record will not be considered.
  1. Sasol postgraduate bursars get a monthly stipend for the duration of their studies, from which they pay for registration fees, tuition, research cost, accommodation and all other expenses related to their studies. No additional cost/expenses will be covered by Sasol.
  2. The mentioned stipend is pre-determined and will be paid from the date that proof of registration for the degree involved can be submitted.
  3. Access to Sasol technical mentors for support during studies.
  4. Once finished with their studies, Sasol postgraduates have the opportunity to join the Sasol Graduate Development programme as a Scientist-in-Training or Engineer-in-Training. (Sasol approved rules/regulations and the clauses of the bursary contract will be applicable.)

Steps to follow when completing the bursary application form.

New User

  • Click here to apply or visit the About Us page, find the Now Open block and select Click Here to Apply
  • Select Register
  • Fill in the required details
  • Click on – Create New Account
  • You will receive an activation email, click on Activate Account
  • It will lead you to screen to verify your email and to create a password
  • Upon creation, you will be back on the login page
  • Enter your email and password
  • You have logged in
  • Click on South African Bursary Application (Top Left Corner)
  • Click on Postgraduate Applications
  • Supply required information
  • Read the disclaimer
  • Accept the disclaimer to proceed by clicking on the white button turning it blue
  • You can exit the page once you receive a response on your application (which will also be emailed to you)

Previously Registered

  • Click on Login
  • Supply login information
  • The form will take you to the section you have not completed

Forgot Password

  • Click on Request New Password
  • Supply email address you registered with
  • A password reset will be mailed to original registered email address
  • Once you receive your password via email, continue with login process

General Notes

  • Make sure to fill in required sections
  • Each completed section will have a blue mark on the navigation at the top
  • The Save and Continue button allocated at the bottom of each section enables you to save your data. Click on this button before you exit or continue to the next section.
  • If a section is incomplete and you click Submit, the page will give you error messages.
  • You may log out from the application form and use the login screen to complete your application form at a later stage before date of closure. You will not be able to edit sections that you have submitted. If you need to make changes to sections email for assistance

Submit Application Form

  • Only once you have completed all required information, you will be allowed to submit your bursary application. Remember to click on the button to accept the disclaimer.
  • If you have any queries contact 0860 106 235 or email


  • All applications should be submitted before close of business of the application closing date.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • Applications by e-mail and/or not submitted via the Sasol bursaries website will not be considered.
  1. Applications should be submitted online only.
  2. Applicants, who do not have internet access or access to an internet café in their area, may contact our Sasol Bursary Application Helpline at 086 010 6235 for support.
  3. All applicants short-listed to attend an interview will be notified.
  4. Selection virtual interviews will take place during July.
  5. Applicants will be assessed online by means of a structured panel interview as well as presentations on the applicant’s research proposal.
  6. All applications should be submitted before close of business of the closing date.