Department of Environmental Affairs Bursary

Department of Environmental Affairs Bursary


Department of Environmental Affairs Bursary : The mission of the Department of Environmental Affairs is environmental protection, for the sustainable development of our country. In order to continue the protection of our country, the department are awarding bursaries to student within related fields, to the maximum value of R40 000.
Department of Environmental Affairs Bursary


Bursaries will be awarded within the following fields of study:

  • Architecture (ND)
  • Biochemistry (BSc/ BSc Hons/ MSc)
  • Biological Sciences/ Microbiology (BSc)
  • Botany (BSc/ ND)
  • Building (ND)
  • Chemical Engineering (Process Engineering) (BSc/ ND)
  • Chemistry (BSc/ ND)
  • Civil Engineering: Buildings (ND)
  • Civil Structural (BTech/ Masters)
  • Construction Management (BTech/ Masters)
  • Development Studies (BA)
  • Ecology (Bachelors Degree)
  • Ecotoxicology (BSc)
  • Environmental Economics (BA/ ND)
  • Environmental Engineering (BSc/ ND)
  • Environmental Health (Higher Diploma/ ND)
  • Environmental Law (LLB)
  • Environmental Management (BA/ BSc/ BTech/ Hons/ ND/ Masters)
  • Environmental Management (BA) majoring in Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Sciences (BTech/ BSc/ ND)
  • Environmental Sciences with Industrial Policy/ Environmental Law and International Law (ND)
  • Geography (BSc)
  • Heritage and Cultural Studies/ Cultural (BHCS)
  • Horticulture (ND)
  • Industrial Engineering (BSc/ ND)
  • Information Management (BA)
  • Landscape Architecture/ Technology (ND)
  • Law (Administrative Law/ Legislative Drafting) (BA)
  • Marine Biology (Masters)
  • Marine Remote Sensing (BSc/ BSc Hons/ MSc/ PhD)
  • Marine Science (BSc Hons/ BTech/ MSc/ ND/ PhD)
  • Natural Resource Economics (BA/ ND)
  • Natural Resource Management: Forestry (Forest Conservation) (ND)
  • Natural Sciences (BSc)
  • Nature Conservation (BTech/ MTech/ ND)
  • Oceanography (BTech/ MTech)
  • Paralegal (Diploma/ Degree)
  • Social Sciences (Bachelors Degree)
  • Soil Science (Bachelors Degree)
  • Taxonomy (Zooplankton/ Phytoplankton) (PhD)
  • Town and Regional Planning (BTech/ MTech/ ND)
  • Zoology (BSc / BTech/ Hons/ MSc/ MTech)


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

  • South African citizen
  • Studying full-time in one of the aforementioned fields of study
  • Studying at a recognised South African tertiary institution
  • Strong academic achiever

*Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged students, those with disabilities and those who have completed their first year of study/ registered for postgraduate studies.

HOW TO APPLY – Department of Environmental Affairs Bursary

Download and complete the Dept of Environmental Affairs Bursary Application Form (pdf).
The following documents should be included with your application:

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Parents/ guardians ID documents (certified copies)
  • All academic certificates/ qualifications (certified copies)
  • Recent academic record/ transcript (certified copy)
  • Proof of tertiary registration/ admission letter
  • Proof of parents/ guardians income (certified payslips/ affidavit if unemployed)
  • Motivational letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Masters and Honour students must include: a research proposal

Complete application packs should be submitted in one of the following ways:
1) Post:
The Director General
Department of Environmental Affairs
Private Bag X447
Attention: Learning and Development – Bursary Section
2) Hand delivered:
• Cape Town: East Pier Building, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
• Pretoria: Environment House, 473 Steve Biko Street, cnr Steve Biko and Soutpansberg Roads, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083


23 October annually.

CONTACT Department of Environmental Affairs Bursary

For any bursary queries, please contact:
• Cape Town: Nozuko Grootboom, Tel: 021 819 2518/ Nkosikhona Zuma, Tel: 021 819 2407
• Pretoria: Nita Makgohlo, Tel: 012 399 8684/ Busisiwe Stemele, Tel: 012 399 8685/ Mokhobo Modiba, Tel: 012 399 9018

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