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We give bursaries to disadvantaged South Africans

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.

Applications for bursaries for 2024 are now closed.



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 joined Genesis in 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 became 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 spent at Genesis was truly remarkable.”

Meet the team


    Tebogo Ledwaba

    Senior Recruitment Consultant

    Ziyanda Makupula

    Talent Acquisition Consultant

    ​Zandile Shabangu

    Young Professionals Specialist

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