The Eastern Cape Office of the Premier Bursary for the academic year 2024 stands as a testament to the government’s commitment to fostering educational growth and equal opportunities for all. The programme is open to students residing within the Eastern Cape, engaging in studies that is relevant to MerSETA sector priority skills.

Fields of Focus for the Eastern Cape Office of the Premier Bursary

The bursary targets a wide array of disciplines, particularly those that are pivotal to the province’s and the nation’s economic development. Qualifying fields of study include, but are not limited to:

  • Actuarial Science
  • Various branches of Engineering (Chemical, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, etc.)
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Manufacturing
  • Polymer Technology
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Supply Chain/Logistics

Eligibility Criteria

The Eastern Cape Office of the Premier Bursary is not just about financial aid; it’s about investing in the future leaders of the Eastern Cape. To be part of this transformative program, applicants must:

  • Be a South African citizen residing in the Eastern Cape.
  • Be aged between 18 and 35 years.
  • Be pursuing a Degree or Diploma in the specified fields at a recognized South African institution.
  • Be unemployed.
  • Not be receiving any other government-funded scholarship or bursary.
  • Display a willingness to contribute to the province’s development sectors post-graduation.
  • Priority will be given to students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, aiming to level the playing field and foster a diverse and inclusive workforce.

How to Apply 

Embarking on the application process for the Eastern Cape Office of the Premier Bursary is a pivotal step towards achieving your academic and career goals. The ECOTP bursary program is designed to support students who might not have the financial capacity to fund their higher education.

Required Documentation

Ensure you have the following documents ready for submission:

  1. ID Document (Certified Copy): A valid proof of identity is crucial. Make sure your ID document is clearly legible and officially certified.
  2. Matric Certificate/Equivalent (Certified Copy): Your matriculation certificate serves as proof of your educational qualifications up to this point. Like your ID, it must be certified.
  3. Latest Academic Record: This document should reflect your current academic performance and standings in your higher education journey.
  4. Proof of Registration at a South African University/University of Technology: An official document from your institution confirming your enrollment in the current academic year.
  5. Proof of Any Other Form of Financial Assistance Towards Studies: If you’re receiving any other form of financial support for your studies, documentation must be provided.

Tip: 5 Tips on How to Write an Outstanding Bursary Application Letter

Submission Process

Once your documents are in order, submitting your application is a straightforward process. Here’s how to do it:

  • Compile all required documents: Ensure all documents are complete, certified where necessary, and compiled together for submission.
  • Submit via Email: Applications should be sent to one of the following email addresses:,, or
  • To ensure your application is properly categorized and recognized, insert the words “ECOTP Bursary 2024” in the email subject line.


For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact the ECOTP directly:
Tel: 060 963 2992 / 073 656 1946
Email: /

The Eastern Cape Office of the Premier Bursary is more than a financial aid program; it’s a catalyst for change, designed to uplift the youth of the Eastern Cape and equip them with the tools they need to forge a successful future. By removing financial barriers, the ECOP is nurturing a generation of skilled professionals ready to contribute to the province’s prosperity.