The scarcity of talent in South Africa and globally makes it essential for Sasol to ensure continuous availability of skills to sustain our growth. The Sasol Bursary programmes for South African youth are a critical talent lever to enable us to meet our strategic and transformation talent objectives.

Sasol has established a reputation in the market as an employer of choice and has been voted Employer of Choice in the Chemicals and Energy sector, by graduates on the SAGEA employer survey, for five consecutive years.

To date Sasol has various programmes that enable the development of scholars and graduates.

Sasol Foundation Bursary Programme (Open 25 August –  23 September 2022)

STEM bursaries

The Sasol Foundation offers an all-inclusive bursary to talented individuals who are planning to study full-time towards an undergraduate degree to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers. Priority will be given to degree studies that are in line with future needs including specialisations in study disciplines such as Engineering & Technology (including Green Technology), Data Science, Agricultural Science, Environmental & Medical Sciences, Construction & Manufacturing and Financial Sciences among others.  No postgraduate bursaries will be offered for 2023 academic year.

Non-STEM bursaries

These bursaries are reserved only for qualifying students from Sasol’s fence line communities (municipalities / districts around Sasol plants / operations); children of Sasol Khanyisa shareholders; and children of Sasol employees, wishing to study towards non-STEM qualifications.  No postgraduate bursaries will be offered for 2023 academic year.

These bursary opportunities are limited to South African citizens (by birth only), who are / will be pursuing degree studies at a public South African University or University of Technology.

Sasol Foundation Energy Bursary Programme (Open 25 August –  23 September 2022) – Green Hydrogen Project

Sasol Energy is offering opportunities for youth in the Northern Cape to apply for all-inclusive bursaries to study full-time towards an undergraduate degree, at a recognised and approved South-African University. The bursaries are linked to Sasol’s green hydrogen project being explored in the Namaqua and Richtersveld districts.

Priority will be given to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degree studies in line with green hydrogen future capabilities. These include, among key disciplines, Engineering, Technology, Chemical Sciences, Data Science, Construction & Manufacturing and include supporting degrees, such as Financial and Accounting Sciences.

No postgraduate bursaries will be offered for 2023 academic year.

South African Mainstream Bursary Programme (5 Sept – 18 Sept 2022)

The Sasol Bursary programme comprises of a comprehensive package that covers both financial as well as developmental support throughout the study period. Bursaries are awarded for full-time university studies in engineering and science. Upon successful completion of the study period, students may be employed within the Sasol Group through our Graduate Development Programmes.

The Sasol Bursary Programme comprises:

Bursaries for this intake are only awarded in the following study fields:

Undergraduate Studies (B.Eng. / B.Sc.)

  1. B.Eng./B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering  (Current 3rd year for 4th year studies in 2023)
  2. B.Eng./B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering  (Current 2nd year for 3rd year studies in 2023 & Current 3rd year for 4th year studies in 2023)
  3. B.Eng./B.Sc. in Mining Engineering (Current 1st year for 2nd year studies in 2023)

Postgraduate (M.Sc. / M.Eng. / PhD.)

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

  1. Cyber Security

Sasol Graduate Development Programme (Next intake to be confirmed)

The Sasol Graduate Development Programme is a corporate initiative that ensures that all graduates in the different engineering and science disciplines conform to a high level of uniform standards in terms of orientation, training, development, and exposure to the business processes. These programmes are exclusively for our engineer/scientist in training candidates and offers graduates an intensive 36-month development programme. These development programmes are rated as some of the best in South Africa.

Sasol Vacation Work (Next intake to be confirmed – please visit our website in this regard again during early September)

Sasol occasionally provides students with the opportunity to obtain practical work experience related to their field of study, as required by the tertiary institution, in order to complete the applicable degree. These (possible) opportunities for vacation work takes place during December and January each year.

Sasol YES Programme (Next intake to be confirmed)

The YES programme is a business-led collaboration with government. YES seeks to reduce youth unemployment across private and public sectors. The aim is to enable more youth to develop new skills and gain meaningful workplace experience, which will in turn significantly improve their chances of finding long-term employment.

At Sasol, more than 400 (previously unemployed) youth have been provided with an opportunity to gain work experience through the Sasol YES programme.

Important information to all applicants:

Please note that:

  1. Bursaries are awarded for standard degree courses over a minimum period of time (e.g. B.Sc. or B.Eng. for studies over a 4-year period).
  2. Students already on a so called 5-year program / who intend to register for a 5-year study plan must not apply. (Should you still apply; and we realise at a later stage that you are already registered for 5 years or will register for a 5-year programme – the bursary will be withdrawn/terminated with immediate effect).
  3. Students who apply for a 2nd/3rd/4th year bursary, must still be able to comply with the above-mentioned rule. If you have failed modules/have not registered some modules/cancelled any modules and thereby added a year to the study period (resulting in a 5- or 6-year study period), please do not apply. In summary – you must still be able to complete the applicable degree course in the minimum and standard prescribed period of time – for example 4 years for a B.Eng./B.Sc. Engineering degree.
  4. Students must study full time at a recognised and approved standard South African University. NB. Students may (for example) not register at a so called distance-learning facility/institution – i.e. UNISA.
  5. Bursaries will under no circumstances be awarded for studies towards a so called dual/combined/hybrid degree course (e.g. B.Sc. Chemistry with Chemical Engineering, B.Eng. Mechatronics, B.Sc. Environmental & Geology etc.)
  6. Should an individual provide incorrect information during the application process and such information comes to the attention of Sasol at any later date, the invitation for the further selection process, the bursary offer or the bursary will be withdrawn/terminated with immediate effect – due to possible intentional/unintentional fraudulent action.
  7. NB. It is imperative that students understand that should the information provided during the application and/or the possible bursary interview and/or any later date differs – the application/bursary will be regarded as null and void.

If you have what it takes to become part of this exciting team, the Sasol programmes for South African youth are ready to change your life.


  1. All applications should be submitted before close of business of the application closing date.
  2. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  3. Applications by e-mail and/or not submitted via the Sasol bursaries website will not be considered.
  4. Applications from non-South African citizens will not be considered.


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