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The GEFT bursary is offered to young South African students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds who are eligible to study towards their honours or master’s degrees in Economics or related fields at a recognised South African university.

Applicants must be in the process of applying for either an honours or master's in these or related disciplines: Economics, Economic Science, Applied Economics, Development Economics, Behavioural Economics, International Development and Public Health: Epidemiology or Health Economics.

Applicants must have achieved a consistent average of 65% and above for their undergraduate and/or honours degrees. The bursary is primarily available to cover tuition fees as well as books and stationery. Dependent on available funds, GEFT may be in a position to contribute towards additional needs such as accommodation and transport.



Mishkah Jakoet | 2009/10

I received a GEFT bursary to complete a master’s at the University of Cape Town. Without this bursary, I would not have been able to complete postgraduate studies at that time of my life and would almost certainly have shifted from a focus on economics.

Now, having worked at Genesis for almost 10 years, I am so grateful that I was able to keep studying and stay focused on Economics.

Through this bursary, and through our work at Genesis, I have been afforded immensely rewarding opportunities to influence key decisions and important initiatives.

“And, most importantly, to continue to do what I love.”


Kagiso Zwane | 2017

The Genesis bursary was my introduction to Genesis. I was not eligible in my first year, but nonetheless browsed the Genesis website and figured out that it aligned perfectly with my goal of becoming an economist with impact. When I eventually became eligible, I applied and was awarded the bursary, and I have been part of Genesis since 2016.

In addition to the financial support, I appreciated the opportunity to intern at the firm. The internships allowed me to get to know the people, work, values, and traditions that come together to make Genesis.

“Needless to say, these internships have become an exciting career, doing interesting work with smart people.”


Mapaseka Setlhodi | 2017/18

The GEFT bursary programme helped me through two years of my master’s studies and paved the way to the beginning of a very promising professional career. As a result of the bursary I was saved from the stress and anxiety of tuition fees and further given the opportunity to work in a practice that is directly in line with my passion for development economics.

I worked in a practice with incredibly talented people who contributed immensely to my professional development and with whom I have also created many fond memories.

“The time I have spent at Genesis has truly been remarkable.”

How do I apply for a bursary?

Applications for 2023 are now closed. 

Please apply online using the link below. A complete application must consist of the following:

  • A comprehensive CV

  • A copy of your South African identity document

  • A motivational letter

  • Full academic transcripts from your very first year of study to date. Please note that full transcripts must be uploaded as a single document

  • A writing sample (e.g. an essay, proposal, or assignment. This must be a recent submission from the current or previous academic year)


  • Applications are received and screened against required skills, competencies and experience

  • An initial exploratory telephonic interview will be held

  • You will be asked to complete an online case study assessment

  • Shortlisted candidates will undergo a panel interview

  • Successful candidates are added to our internship database and offers are made dependent on available project work.

Please note that profiles that are sent via email will not be considered. We therefore encourage you to submit your application for the next round on the careers page.

Applications for 2023 closed on 9 January 2023.


  • Candidates must be South African citizens by birth

  • Communication will be with shortlisted candidates only. If you do not receive any feedback on your application within three weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful

  • Genesis Analytics reserves the right not to proceed with an appointment of any advertised opportunity

  • All appointments will be made in line with our employment equity plan and policies

  • All applications will be treated confidentially.

Meet the team


    Tebogo Ledwaba

    Talent Acquisition Consultant

    Ziyanda Makupula

    Talent Acquisition Consultant

    ​Zandile Shabangu

    Young Professionals Specialist

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