IMESA Bursaries 2025

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 About the Bursary Provider

The Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA) was started in 1961 and has grown into an important organization in the engineering field. IMESA helps develop and promote municipal engineering in Southern Africa. They work to improve the skills and knowledge of engineers who work in cities and towns, making sure they are ready to handle the unique challenges of urban development and infrastructure.

IMESA offers bursaries to students studying fields related to municipal engineering. These bursaries help support students who show promise and commitment to the municipal engineering sector. By providing these bursaries, IMESA aims to support future professionals who will help improve and manage municipal engineering and infrastructure in Southern Africa.

IMESA offers two types of bursaries:

1. Bursaries for Non-IMESA Members (Bursary Scheme A): These bursaries are available for students pursuing a Civil Engineering qualification or a related discipline of infrastructure engineering approved by the IMESA Executive Council.

2. Bursaries for Dependents of IMESA Members (Bursary Scheme B): These bursaries are intended for the children of IMESA members who are studying towards a Civil Engineering qualification or a related discipline of infrastructure engineering.

Expenses Covered

IMESA will cover the student's tuition fees and the cost of books, providing financial support up to a maximum amount of R50,000.00. This assistance ensures that students can concentrate on their studies without the burden of these essential educational expenses. The bursary amount will be disbursed within 60 days of receiving a statement from the tertiary institution or as otherwise agreed upon between the student and the authorized IMESA representative, as delegated by the Executive Committee.

First Instalment Requirements

The first instalment of the bursary will be disbursed to the student only after they have submitted the following documents to the IMESA Head Office:

- An acceptable medical certificate: This certificate verifies the student's health status and ensures they are fit to pursue their studies without health-related obstacles.

- Proof of enrolment in the specified course: This proof confirms that the student is officially enrolled in the course they have specified in their bursary application. It ensures that the bursary funds are allocated to support their ongoing academic pursuit.

Submitting these documents in a timely manner is essential to receiving the first instalment of the IMESA bursary, facilitating smoother financial support throughout the academic year.

Eligibility Requirements

 Bursary Scheme A: For Non-IMESA Members

- Must be enrolled full-time in a Civil Engineering degree program (or a related infrastructure engineering discipline).

- Must have completed their first year of study.

- Must be entering their second year (or later) of study in 2025.

- Must be attending an ECSA-accredited tertiary institution in South Africa.

- Must demonstrate financial need (unable to afford studies without a bursary).

Bursary Scheme B: For Dependents of IMESA Members

- Must be a child or dependent of an IMESA member (the member must have had a membership for at least 5 years).

- Must be enrolled full-time in a Civil Engineering degree program (or a related infrastructure engineering discipline).

- Must have completed their first year of study.

- Must be entering their second year (or later) of study in 2025.

- Must be attending an ECSA-accredited tertiary institution in South Africa.

How to Apply

Applying for the IMESA bursary involves a series of steps that ensure the applicant meets all the necessary criteria and provides all required documentation. Here is a step-by-step guide:

1. Eligibility Check: Ensure you meet the basic eligibility criteria. You must be a South African citizen, have completed Matric, and be studying or intend to study in one of the covered fields at a recognized South African tertiary institution.

2. Application Form: Obtain the bursary application form from the IMESA website or through their offices. Carefully read all instructions provided Click here to apply.

3. Complete the Form: Fill out the application form with accurate and complete information.

4. Write a Motivational Letter: Include a detailed motivational letter explaining why you deserve the bursary and your career aspirations.

5. Prepare Supporting Documents: Gather all required documents (see next section for details).

6. Submit Application: Submit the completed application form along with all supporting documents to IMESA before the closing date. Ensure that your application is submitted either via post or email, as specified in the application instructions.

 Documents Required

To ensure your application is considered, you need to submit the following documents along with your application form:

- Certified copy of ID document

- Certified copy of 2024 mid-year exam results

- Signed statement from the tertiary institution declaring your academic progress in the first year

- Affidavit declaring your parents'/guardians' monthly income and your financial situation

Additional Information

Bursaries awarded by other institutions must be declared and will be considered prior to awarding the IMESA Bursary. All application forms should include a signed statement from the tertiary institute confirming the student’s academic progress in their first-year studies at a recognized educational institution. IMESA will not be responsible for the employment of any student after the completion of their studies but encourages students to pursue a career in Local Government if possible. All bursary applications must be accompanied by an affidavit declaring the parents’ monthly income as well as the student’s financial situation. No bursary will be allocated retrospectively, and no bursary will be allocated for practical training.

 Closing Dates

Bursary applications must be submitted to IMESA by 15 September 2024. It is crucial to ensure that your application is complete and submitted on time. Any applications that are incomplete, submitted after the deadline, or missing the required supporting documents will not be considered and will be disqualified. To avoid disqualification, carefully check that all necessary documents are included and that your application is submitted before the deadline.

Contact Information

The Admin Officer:

IMESA 

P.O. Box 2190 

Westville, 3630 

Fax: +27 (0)31 266 5094 

Email: bursaries@imesa.org.za 

Website:IMESA website

  The IMESA bursary is a valuable opportunity for students pursuing careers in municipal engineering-related fields. By providing comprehensive financial support, IMESA helps cultivate the next generation of engineers who will play a vital role in developing and maintaining municipal infrastructure in Southern Africa. If you meet the eligibility criteria and are passionate about a career in municipal engineering, the IMESA bursary can significantly ease your educational journey and open doors to a promising future in the engineering sector.

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