Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) Bursary 2022 – UNEMPLOYED

About Mining Qualification Authority

The Mining Qualification Authority or MQA is an educational Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) responsible for the skill development in the South African mining and minerals sector. It runs various skill development programmes to enhance the skill set of the students attending the programmes.

MQA was formed under the Mine Health and Safety Act No.29 of 1996. Later, it was converted to a SETA as per the Skills Development Act No.92 of 1998.

Besides meeting the labor demand, MQA also aims to increase the number of women participation in the mining sector.

Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) Bursary for UNEMPLOYED 2022

Every year, MQA offers bursaries to a certain number of students and funds their education. For the academic year 2022, it is inviting unemployed students to apply for the Mining Qualifications Authority bursary.

There are 1000 bursaries on offer for 2022. Students from the following field of study will be considered:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering (extractive)
  • Geology
  • Mine Survey
  • Environmental Health and Management
  • Jewellery Design and Manufacturing
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Occupational Hygiene
  • Occupational Medicine

Students can be pursuing their respective degrees at a public university, university of technology, or TVET college.

For TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) college students, here are the eligible trades:

  • Boilermaker
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Fitting (Machinery included)
  • Electrician
  • Instrumentation Mechanic
  • Millwright
  • Motor Mechanic (Diesel only)
  • Rigger Ropes man

There are exceptions, though. MQA, being focused on the South African mining sector, will fund other qualifications, provided it’s deemed necessary for the mining and minerals sector. 20% of the total fund is reserved for such qualifications.

However, it will not fund post-graduate students.

The bursary will fund the following expenses:

  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation
  • Books
  • Meals

Bursary Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the bursary, applicants must meet the eligibility criteria laid out by the MQA. Since the SETA receives numerous applications for the bursary, it rejects those that do not fulfill all the criteria.

So go through each of the following criteria for the MQA bursary and confirm that you meet them all.

The eligibility requirements for the Mining Qualification Authority bursary 2021-22 are:

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Must be currently unemployed
  • Must have either completed Matriculation or currently in Matric
  • Must be willing to study or studying towards an undergrad degree in any of the fields mentioned above
  • Must be either studying or intend to study full-time at a recognized University, University of Technology, or TVET College in South Africa

Fulfilling all the criteria, however, doesn’t guarantee funding. It is at the sole discretion of the selection committee.

Preference will be given to the following candidates:

  • Female applicants
  • Students coming from a rural background
  • Applicants studying at a local tertiary institution
  • Candidates with a yearly household income of less than R 600,000
  • Students demonstrating a solid academic track record
  • HDI’s applicants

How to Apply?

If you’re eligible for the bursary, move forward with the application process. It’s a short process but does require diligence.

The first step is to download and complete the MQA bursary application form. You can download it from the official website or access it by clicking the application form here: Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) Bursary Application Form for Employed Persons

The form contains instructions on how to fill it up. It consists of five sections, which are:

  1. Personal Details
  2. Parents/Guardians Details
  3. Study Details (current and past)
  4. Academic performance
  5. Declaration

The application form is a fillable PDF document. So you must complete it online and not by hand.

Documents Required

The next step is to collect the following documents:

  • ID documents (certified copies)
  • Grade 11 results if still in Matric
  • Matric Certificate
  • Full tertiary academic records (must be on institution letterhead)
  • Parents/guardians ID documents
  • Proof of household income (payslips if parents/guardians are employed, or affidavit if unemployed)

As the final step, you need to scan the documents and the application form and send it to [email protected]. You must send everything in a single email.

For the subject line, use “MQA Bursary Application.”

Closing Date

The last date to apply for the MQA bursary 2021-22 is 30 September 2021. Late submissions for the bursary are rejected.

Contact Details

For additional information, you need to get in touch with the MQA regional office. You can find the contact details here.

Please do NOT contact The MQA if this bursary has already closed. View our other bursaries open for application here:

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