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Bursaries intake availability status

Applications for Bursary Intake Programme are now open and will close on 27 October 2023. No late applications will be considered.

Purpose and objectives

The department offers bursaries to previously disadvantaged individuals and people with disability who are South African citizens and have successfully completed their first year of undergraduate study or those who are currently registered for postgraduate studies. However, strongly motivated applications from first-year students within the above mentioned fields of study will also be considered.


The Department of Forestry, Fisheires and the Environment (DFFE) programme to achieve the following objectives:

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

Fields of study and procedures and information to apply

The DFFE provides bursaries in the following fields of study:

Fields of study and reference numbers

Biodiversity and Conservation (Ref No: B&C/01/24)

Diploma/Degree in Heritage Studies.

Degree / Hons BSc Biological Sciences

ND/ Degree / Hons in Nature Conservation

ND/ B Sc /Hons Environmental Science

BSc Environmental Science

Natural Resource Management, Geography and Hydrology.

Environmental Resource Management, Hydrology and Water Resources Management.

Environmental Management/Science, Nature Conservation


Chemicals and Waste Management (Ref No: (CWM/0124)

ND/ B Tech/ B Degree/ Hons/ Master: Monitoring and Evaluation

ND/ BTech/ B Degree/ Hons/ Master: Environmental Science

B Degree/ Hons/ Master: Natural Science (Geography, Chemistry, Hydrology, Water etc)

B Degree/ Hons/ Master: Information Science

ND/ BTech/ Hons/ Master: Waste Resource Efficiency/ Circular Economy

ND/ BTech/ B Degree/ Hons/ Master: Environmental Management

Sustainable Development Studies

B Degree/ Hons/ Master: Waste Management


Climate Change and Air Quality Management (Ref No: CCAQ/01/24)

BSc/ND Environmental Science

BSc/ND Environmental Management

ND/B Degree Earth and Environmental Sciences

ND/B Degree Natural Science

ND/B Degree Conservation

BSc Chemistry

BSc Geography, Archaeology and Environmental

ND/B Degree in Sustainable Development


Environmental Programmes (Ref No: EP/01/2024)

BSc Degree Environmental Management/ Environmental Science

BSc Hons Geographical Information System

ND in Project Management.

Study fields linked to Conversation, Resource Economics, Development

Studies and Social Innovation

B Degree/ ND in Civil Engineering

B Degree/ ND in Environmental Engineering

B Degree/ ND Building Management and Quantity Surveying

B Degree/ ND in Architectural Studies


Fisheries Management (Ref No: FISH/01/2024)

BSc/ MSc/ PhD : Oceanography/ Marine Biology/ Environmental Science/ Aquaculture and Fisheries

National Diploma/ BTech: Oceanography

BTech/ BSc Hons/ MSc/ PhD: Fisheries modelling/ stock assessment/ fisheries management

Post-Graduate studies in Social/ Economic studies specialising in fisheries

Maritime studies related to harbours/ ports

Post-Graduate studies in Agriculture Economics specialising in aquaculture


Forestry Management (Ref No: FOR/01/2024)

Diploma in Forestry

Advance Diploma in Forestry Management

Honours in Natural Resource Management

BSc Forestry and Natural Resources

BSc Wood Science

MSc/ PhD in Forestry

MSc Forestry and Natural Resources Sciences

Diploma/Degree in Environmental Law



Regulatory Compliance and Sector Monitoring (Ref No: RCSM/01/2024)

LLB (Major courses administrative law, legislative drafting, Environmental Law)/ LLM

B.A Law

Diploma or Degree in Paralegal

Bachelor of Environmental Sciences (majoring in Animal and wildlife)

BSc in Chemistry

BSc majoring in Geography, Geoinformatics

Bachelor of Environmental Management majoring in Environmental Impact Assessment

GIS professional



Oceans and Coasts (Ref No: OC/01/2024)

BSc Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

BSc Marine Biology

BTech Engineering (Electrical/Mechanical/Communication)

HONS/Masters (Maritime studies/ Maritime Economics)

HONS/MSc (Chemistry-Heavy metals/Hydrocarbons)

HONS/MSc (Ecophysiology/Taxonomy(Systematics) and Biodiversity)

Masters/ PhD Marine Natural Resource Economics

PhD (Physical/Chemical/Biological Oceanography)


Important information to note

General instructions and order of application documents:

  • Bursaries are awarded to individuals that are registered as fulltime students with the institution of higher learning or currently doing Grade 12 (Matric) and not employed.
  • Please indicate clearly on the application form the reference number and the study field.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Correspondence will be limited to successful applicants only.
  • If you have not been contacted by end of January 2024, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.
  • Successful applicants will be expected to sign a bursary contract.
  • No faxed or emailed applications will be accepted.
  • Students who have previously participated in the public service internship program are ineligible for consideration.
  • Upon completion of your studies, participation in the internship program is mandatory as part of the bursary contract agreement.
  • It is important to note that regulations prohibit participation in the program more than once.

All applications should be accompanied by the following documents:

  • 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 both parents or guardian)
  • Proof of registration (if already enrolled with the institution of higher learning)
  • Latest Grade 12 results (if currently in High School)
  • Proof of parents or guardian's income.
  • Proof if parents are deceased.
  • Affidavit if parents are not working.

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Enquiries and delivery of applications:

By post:

The Director-General | Attention: Learning and Development (Bursary Section), Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001

By hand:

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Environment House 473, Steve Biko Street [Cnr Steve Biko and Soutpansberg Road], Arcadia, Pretoria.

For enquiries contact:

Joshua Moepya
Tel: 012 399 8682
Cell: 067 417 3739

Busisiwe Stemele
Tel: 012 399 8685
Cell: 066 156 0042

Mokhobo Putu
Tel: 012 399 9018
Cell: 066 081 2662

Cape Town:

By post:
Private Bag X 4390
Cape Town

By hand:

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, 63 Strand Street, 13th Floor, Nedbank Building, Cape Town.

For enquiries contact:

Kgomotso Moela
Tel: 021 402 3329
Cell: 081 492 5570

Mooketsa Mabe
Tel: 021 402 3412
Cell: 071 540 2685

Neliswa Magwala
Tel: 021 814 8089
Cell: 066 081 9858

Closing date: 27 October 2023


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