The Renewable Energy Scholarship Fund

Powering Training for the Future


Applications for 2017 are currently closed.  Applications for 2018 will open during June 2017.  Please re-visit our site from that date to apply for scholarship funding for next year (2018).




The Renewable Energy Scholarship Fund (RESF) was launched in 2014.  Through the RESF, mechatronic, electrical and electro-mechanical engineering students are developed for the renewable energy and other engineering sectors.  The RESF aims to help meet the demand in the renewable energy industry for qualified engineers, create a skills pipeline for our company and also support and contribute to the industry and the country as a whole.

The Scholarship is managed by Globeleq South Africa Management Services who, together with its consortium partners, owns three renewable energy facilities in South Africa.  The RESF is funded by these three independent power producers (IPPs), namely the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power. These three IPPs are among the very first large scale renewable power plants to be built in the country.  To date, these plants have invested more than R2 million in the RESF.

The Renewable Energy Scholarship Fund is being offered nationally through institutions offering mechatronics electrical or electro-mechanical engineering, namely;

  • University of Johannesburg
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • Vaal University of Technology

Approximately 24 beneficiaries have been selected each year.



The Renewable Energy Scholarship Fund is open to students who:

  • Are South African citizens
  • Are studying mechatronic or electrical or electro-mechanical engineering
  • Are studying a National Diploma or Bachelor's in Technology
  • Have already passed their first year of study, excluding any bridging courses or extended programmes
  • Have an interest in renewable energy.



The amount of the Scholarship is not fixed, but instead takes each student's needs into account, together with the Scholarship budget.   

The Scholarship funding will cover the costs of:

 Course FeesA variable amount, depending on what each student's registration fees are ​
 Registration Fees
 Accommodation and meal costsA fixed amount, based on the average cost across all institutions participating in the Renewable Energy Scholarship Fund ​ ​
Books and other learning materials
 Living expenses



The Scholarship includes a service obligation, on behalf of the student, of 12 months.  Scholarship recipients undergo a further selection process for the Internship, towards the completion of their BTech or National Diploma.  Internships are not guaranteed for each scholarship recipient. 

The Internship includes an in-depth induction of the entire organisation (exposure to the solar PV and wind plants), technical training, in-house training and exposure to head office organisational functioning.  Thereafter, Interns are placed in an operational role for the remainder of the service obligation, reporting to one of Globeleq's engineering managers.  Salaries are paid in line with market rates.



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