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Bursaries for those from poverty-stricken and rural communities

Studying a qualification on this list in 2019?

National Diploma: Food Technology, National Diploma: Forestry,  National Diploma: Marine Science,  B.Sc. Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural Engineering), Bachelor of Veterinary Science (B.V.Sc.), B.Sc. Viticulture and Oenology, B.Sc. Plant Pathology, B.Sc. Food Science, B.Sc. Entomology, B.Sc. Forestry and Wood Science, B.Sc. Marine Biology, B.Sc. Oceanography and Marine Biology, B.Sc. Ichthyology specializing in Aquaculture, Postgraduate studies such as B.Tech, B.Sc., Hons. M.Tech., M.Sc., D.Tech. or Ph.D.

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) offers comprehensive bursaries

If, like me, you’ve never even heard of those qualifications but think it might be your thing, now’s a great time to start researching and working on your Maths and Physical Science marks. When they use the word ‘comprehensive’ it means they’ve considered your full spectrum of needs.

That’s great news!

These bursaries cover tuition, accommodation, books, meals and monthly allowance.

Word of warning to those currently in Matric or unemployed and who are considering applying: you need to check which institution offers the qualification you want a bursary for. Not all institutions offer all these qualifications. Ensure you don’t put your well-being at risk by relocating someplace where you wont have family or friends to support you.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) intends to award comprehensive bursaries to qualifying applicants pursuing and/or intending to further their studies in critical scarce skills in the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sectors for the 2019 academic year.

The bursary awards target the previously disadvantaged and impoverished persons from poverty-stricken and rural communities.

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Closing date for all applications: 30 September 2018

Fields of study Minimum requirements
(National Senior Certificate)
1. National Diploma: Food Technology Mathematics and Physical Science 4 (50-59)
2. National Diploma: Forestry
3. National Diploma: Marine Science
4. B.Sc. Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural Engineering) Mathematics and Physical Science 6 (70–79)
5. Bachelor of Veterinary Science (B.V.Sc.)
6. B.Sc. Viticulture and Oenology Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (60–69)
7. B.Sc. Plant Pathology
8.  B.Sc. Food Science
9.  B.Sc. Entomology
10. B.Sc. Forestry and Wood Science
11. B.Sc. Marine Biology
12. B.Sc. Oceanography and Marine Biology
13. B.Sc. Ichthyology specializing in Aquaculture
14. Postgraduate studies (B.Tech, B.Sc., Hons. M.Tech., M.Sc., D.Tech. and Ph.D.) in different agricultural, forestry and fisheries field of study relating to DAFF priority research projects. Successful candidates will be appointed as interns and placed with the relevant industry/ research institution/institution of higher learning as young professionals. Successful candidates will also be allocated a mentor and will receive a monthly allowance from the department.


  1. Certain fields of study are only available at certain institutions of higher learning:
  • Sc. Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural Engineering): University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (B.V.Sc.): University of Pretoria
  • Sc. Viticulture and Oenology/Plant Pathology: University of Stellenbosch
  • Sc. Forestry and Wood Science: University of Stellenbosch
  • Sc. Oceanography and Marine Biology: University of Cape Town
  • Sc. Ichthyology specialising in Aquaculture: Rhodes University
  • National Diploma: Forestry: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • National Diploma: Marine science: Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  1. Applicants must be South African citizens.
  1. Applicants must complete the relevant bursary application forms available from the website address:
  1. Applicants who apply for fields of study that are not listed above will not be considered.
  1. Communication will be limited to successful applicants only. If you have not received any communication from the department by 15 January 2019, after the National Bursary Committee has finalised the selection process, consider your application unsuccessful.

They only let you know 15 January, please apply for other opportunities too, don’t depend on this one. Work on your marks so you can compete!

  1. All completed bursary application forms together with certified copies of ID and certificates/performance results should be sent to the following address:

The Director
Directorate: Sector Education and Training
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Private Bag X250

For further enquiries please contact:

  • Mr. Vusimuzi Mngomezulu : 012 319 7923
  • Ms. Boitumelo Maleka : 012 319 7024
  • Ms. Silindelo Dlomo : 012 319 7848

Important Considerations

  • The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reserves the right to determine the total number of bursary allocations for the academic year based on the total budget available.
  • The National Bursary Committee will make use of the Bursary Scheme’s 14-point system to allocate points to shortlisted applicants.
  • The Bursary Scheme of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is in fulfilment of the sector strategic objective of elimination of skewed participation in the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sectors

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