The aim of Mintek’s Undergraduate Bursary Programme is primarily to ensure a steady supply of trained and highly skilled technical people to meet a major portion of Mintek’s operational, research, and development manpower intake needs, and also to provide appropriately-skilled graduates to the broader South African minerals and metallurgy sector, as per Mintek’s Mission Statement.
Mintek provides bursaries for undergraduate degrees, Honours degrees and BTech diplomas. (Unfortunately Mintek does not provide bursaries to students studying towards their National Diplomas.) Bursaries cover the full payment of registration, tuition and residence fees, plus an allowance, in return for a commitment to work at Mintek on a year-for-year basis. On completion of their studies, bursars undergo an intensive training course that is aimed at turning them into career scientists.
Mintek Bursaries Vacation Work
Mintek bursars are obliged to undertake vacation work at Mintek at the end of their first, second, and third undergraduate years for approximately 8 weeks. Vacation work affords Mintek the opportunity to impart to bursars the necessary knowledge, skills and experience that is needed to research, development and technology transfer to industry, and to evaluate them as potential employees. Every student is allocated to a technical division and is directly involved in a relevant Mintek project.
Unfortunately Mintek only hosts Mintek bursars for vacation work due to the fact that we do not have the capacity (specifically supervisory manpower and available projects) to host non-bursars for vacation work as well.
Postgraduate Bursary Programme
Mintek’s Postgraduate Bursary Programme further equips undergraduates through the development of research methodology skills at the Masters level, followed by the generation of original research that contributes new knowledge to a field at the Doctoral level. Bursaries cover the full payment of registration, tuition and residence fees, plus an allowance, in return for a commitment to work at Mintek on a month-for-month basis. Bursars are also given the opportunity to work closely with some of the world’s foremost researchers, learn more about other scientific divisions at Mintek and become involved in interesting research.