Department Of Economic Development Bursaries

Department Of Economic Development Bursaries

Department Of Economic Development Bursaries

Bursaries intake availability status

The applications for full-time bursary intake for the year 2024 have been closed. The opportunities for bursaries are advertised through print media /national newspapers and on this website towards the last quarter of the year annually. The departmental recruitment and selection processes apply.


The department offers bursaries to previously disadvantage South African citizens; the purpose of the programme is to establish an effective system for continuous development of qualified candidates for future appointments and mobility in both the public and private sector.


The Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) programme seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • Enhance youth development
  • Develop a culture of high quality lifelong learning within Department of Environmental Affairs

Procedures and information to apply

Who is eligible to apply?
Consideration for bursars is given to previously disadvantage South African students who have successfully completed their first year of undergraduate studies and those who are registered for post-graduate studies.
DEA offers bursaries in the following fields of study:

  • Environmental Law
  • Resource Economics
  • Waste and Pollution Management
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Chemistry/ Chemical Engineering
  • Marine Biology and Marine Sciences
  • Toxicology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Conservation Planning and Conservation Biology
  • Statistics

Applications for bursaries should include the following information in order to be considered:

  • Motivation as to why the bursary should be awarded to you.
  • Certified copies of qualifications and recent academic records
  • Certified copies of Identity Document (Applicant and parent/s or guardian)
  • Acceptance letter from first year students (added advantage)
  • Proof of registration (if already enrolled with the institution of higher learning)
  • Proof of parents or guardian’s income
  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Proof if parents are deceased
  • Affidavit if parents are not working

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