CIPS SA Trust Bursary

The CIPS SA Trust Bursary scheme is aimed at South Africa citizens who are undergoing hardship and would like to pursue a career in procurement and supply.

A bursary will be awarded to procurement and supply students in South Africa which the Trust believes are in the most need of aid either to start or to continue their procurement and supply education.

The bursary covers membership fee for one year, course books, exams (one exam sitting for each module only), e-learning and courier charges for the books. It is for self study, and does not cover any face to face tuition The funds for this bursary will be paid to the successful applicants' CIPS account. It can be used towards any CIPS product that is covered by the bursary.

    Who Qualifies?


    The aim is to help alleviate unexpected financial hardship. Students who may be considering leaving higher education because of financial hardship are particularly encouraged to apply.

    The student must have no other means to alleviate their financial difficulties. To redress inequalities of the past, preference will be given to African persons, females and the disabled.

    All applications received will be considered.

    In order to receive the bursary, it will be necessary to show how the funds received will be used to alleviate your hardship.

    Please note that students applying for these bursaries do not need to be studying with a CIPS registered study center in order to be nominated.

    Applicants must also have worked for a minimum of a year in procurement and supply or have previously taken at least two CIPS assessments

    Non-member applicants have to be nominated by a CIPS registered study center from South Africa, with each study center permitted to submit a maximum of 2 applications per window.

    Assessment Criteria

      Assessment criteria   Examples of evidence  
      1. Finances  

    Undergoing financial hardship


    If both parents are working or Spouse, recent payslips not older than 2 months are required from each parent. If a parent is paid on a weekly basis four consecutive pays lips should be submitted. If a parent is paid on a two-weekly basis (fortnightly) 2 consecutive pays lips should be submitted.

    If a parent is unemployed an Affidavit signed by the unemployed parent is required, confirming his/her own unemployment.

    If a parent is working in the informal sector where no official payslips are not issued (eg street vending or informal selling) the rand value of the income gained per month must be stated in the Affidavit.  If a parent is employed as a domestic worker, a letter from his/her employer is required, stating the period of employment and the monthly salary.

    If a parent is deceased, a certified copy of the death certificate should be submitted.

    If a student lives with his/her grandparents, or guardian an affidavit from the guardian or grandparents is required, stating the whereabouts of the biological parents and the rand value of the parents’ monthly support to the student. Proof of income of grandparents should then also be provided. Guardians should also provide an affidavit stating the monthly contribution to the student.

    Certified copies of identity documents (or birth certificates where identity documents are not available) for every member of the household including the applicant should be submitted.

    All copies of documents must be certified.  

      2. Funding for qualification  

    2.1 Demonstrates need for funding to continue qualifications

    Describe how previous qualifications were funded (if applicable )
      3. Enthusiasm   

    3.1 Demonstrates awareness of the benefits of the procurement and supply profession to the public

    Is aware of or has been involved in procurement projects which benefit the community (e.g. use of procurement expertise and knowledge in helping a community project). Describes how the profession can help the public good Is aware of or has experience of maintaining standards (e.g. good procurement and supply reduces the risk of corruption)
      3.2 Demonstrates awareness of the benefits of the procurement and supply profession to the applicant   3.2
    Personal development
      4. Consistency  

    Applicants must meet all of the following criteria and deadlines in order to have their application accepted and considered.


    All supporting documents are submitted on time.

    Applications with missing information will have up to 3 business days past the deadline to submit the missing items either by email, in person, or by mail directly to the Administrator.

    The application must be signed.

    Detailed study center comments (e.g. explanation of the selection process, why this applicant was chosen) should be submitted if the applicant applies via a study center.



    Net household income
    Net Household income is the income which all people in a house provide after deductions, credits and taxes are factored into gross (total) income should not be more than R6000.00 per month. Instructions:

    1. Determine how much money is earned monthly after any tax deductions. This amount should include all sources of income, such as salaries, wages, business profits, pensions, dividends, rent and interest. 
    2. Determine how much money the other members of the applicant’s household make monthly after any tax deductions. This includes any money earned by a spouse, parent, child or any other person permanently residing in the home. 
    3. Combine the applicant’s total income with the incomes of the other household members. The sum is your monthly net household income. For example, if R750 is earned for the month and the applicant lives with a spouse who earned R500 for the month, the annual joint household income would be R1,250 for the month.

    Application Date

    Submission of the application form, motivation and all supporting evidence should be submitted no later than 7 September 2018.

    The review panel will consider all application received and make recommendation by 21 September 2018.

    The successful candidates will be informed in writing by 12 October 2018.

    The study period will be for one year from October 2018 to November 2019.

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