Bursaries and scholarships​

At Sappi, we want to encourage the brightest young talent to join our ever evolving industry. That's why we've created a bursary scheme in partnership with accredited universities, so innovative young South Africans are supported throughout their studies in line with real world business needs.


If you're a school leaver or university student between 18 and 25 years old, and are studying (or intending to study) full time at any South African accredited university, you could be eligible for our bursary scheme. You should be studying in one of the below fields:

  • BSc Electrical Engineering
  • BSc Chemical Engineering
  • MSc Mechanical Engineering
  • BSc Forestry, or
  • National Diploma in Forestry.


In addition, you must also have:

  • South African citizenship
  • an average of 70-80% in Mathematics (not Maths Literacy), 70-80% in Physical Science, and 65% in English, and
  • qualifying points for entrance at the university, or acceptance confirmation.


Current university results will be considered for undergraduate students. Note that preference will be given to learners with an average of 75% and above in Mathematics and Physical Science.

When to apply

Applications for bursaries are open from August to September every year. If you meet the minimum criteria, you may be invited to a selection interview.

Our recruitment process
We're always looking out for potential recruits to join our talented team. Read about our process so that you can be prepared if you choose to apply.
My experience at Sappi as a bursary student has been quite motivational, and I am proud to be part of this successful company. By paying for my education to become a chemical engineer, Sappi has given me the required push to work hard and try to excel in whatever I do.
Varun Garg, Bursary recipient

How to apply

You will need to submit the following documents:

  • a current CV
  • a letter of motivation/covering letter
  • grade 12 (mid-year) results, and
  • academic transcripts (if already at university).


If you meet the minimum requirements, you can apply in the following ways:

eMail a CV, motivational letter, and results to youngtalent@sappi.com

Send applications to:

Manager: Young Talent
Human Resources
Sappi Southern Africa Limited
PO Box 31560

Hand in
Visit your local Sappi HR Department and hand in your application there.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Apply for a Sappi bursary today!
Contact us
+27 11 407 8111
Recruitment cycle
Formal interviews take place in October, November and December each year. Selected candidates should begin their work in February the following year.