Objectives - aims procedure
Status of availability
Purpose and objectives 
Procedure and information to apply


Bursaries intake availability status


Applications for Bursary Intake Programme are now closed. No late applications will be considered. The information provided below is therefore for advisory purposes upon the opportunities available and offered by the department. 


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 is provides bursaries in the following fields of study:

Fields of study and reference numbers Important information to note
Biodiversity and Conservation (Ref No: BC/01/2023)
  • Diploma/Degree in Heritage Studies.
  • Degree / Hons BSc Biological Sciences
  • Diploma/ Degree / Hons in Nature Conservation
  • Diploma/ Degree/Hons Environmental Science
  • BSc Biological Science
  • BSc Environmental Science
  • ND in Environmental Sciences
  • Natural Resource Management, Geography and Hydrology.
  • Environmental Resource Management, Hydrology and Water Resources Management.
  • Environmental Management/Science, Nature Conservation

Chemicals and Waste Managemenet (Ref No: CWM/01/2023)

  • National Dip/ B Tech/ B Degree/ Hons/ Master: Monitoring and Evaluation
  • National Diploma/ B Tech/ B Degree/ Hons/ Master: Environmental Science
  • B Degree/ Hons/ Master: Natural Science (Geography, Chemistry, Hydrology, Water etc.)
  • B Degree/ Hons/ Master: Information Science
  • National Diploma/ B Tech/ B Degree/ Hons/ Master: Water Resource Efficiency / Circular Economy
  • National Diploma/ B Tech/ B Degree/ Hons/ Master: Environmental Management
  • Sustainable Development Studies
  • B Degree/ Hons/ Master: Waste Management

Climate Change and Air Quality and Sustainbaility Development (Ref No: CCAQ/01/2023)

  • LLM Environmental Law
  • M Sc Environmental Science
  • B Sc Environmental Social Science
  • BA (Hons) Environmental Politics
  • MSc/MPhil specialising in Climate Change and Sustainable Development
  • M.Eng Environmental Engineering

Environmental Programmes (Ref No: EP/01/2023)

  • ND/ Adv Diploma Horticulture
  • ND/ Adv Diploma Landscape Technology
  • ND Environmental Science
  • BSc Degree/ Hons/ Masters Environmental Science: Biological Resources
  • BSc Degree/ Hons/ Masters Environmental Science: Water Resources
  • BSc Degree/ Hons/ Masters Environmental Science: People and the Environment.
  • BSc Degree/ Hons/ Masters Environmental Science: Environmental Economics
  • BSc Degree/ Hons/ Masters Environmental Science: Environmental Law/ Biological Sciences

Fisheries Management (Ref No: FISH/01/2023)

  • B Degree/ Hons/ MSc: Environmental Science
  • BSc Marine/ Fisheries Biology
  • BSc Oceanography and Marine Biology
  • BSc Ichthyology specialising in Aquaculture
  • National Diploma/ B Tech: Oceanography
  • Post-Graduate studies (B Tech/ BSc Hons/ MSc and PhD)
  • In different fisheries and aquaculture study fields
  • Maritime Studies

Forestry Management (Ref No: FOR/01/2023)

  • Advance Diploma in Forestry
  • Diploma in Forestry
  • Advance Diploma in Forestry
  • BSc Honours in Natural Resource Management
  • BSc in Wood and Wood Products
  • BSc in Forestry and Natural Resource science
  • MSc in Wood and wood products Science

Regulatory Compliance and Sector Monitoring (Ref No: RCSM/01/2023)

  • LLB (Major courses Administrative law, legislative drafting, Environmental Law)
  • LLM
  • B.A Law
  • A 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
  • BSc Honours in Geography
  • BSc Chemistry, Botany

Oceans and Coasts (Ref No: OC/01/2023)

  • MSc Ecological modelling
  • BTech Marine science / Environmental science
  • Hons / MSc Botany (Coastal related i.e. mangroves, dune vegetation)
  • MSc Chemistry (Heavy metals/Plastic pollution in the Marine Environment)
  • MSc Chemistry (Hydro-Carbons)
  • Hons / MSc Biochemistry (genetics)
  • Hons / MSc GIS emphasis on Spatial analysis
  • Data Analyst and statistical modelling
  • Hons / MSc Ecophysiology
  • MSc Taxonomy (Systematics) and Biodiversity
  • PhD (Physics & Biological Oceanography) Ocean Noise
  • Masters/PhD Natural Resource Economics (Marine)
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.  Successful applicants will be expected to sign a bursary contract. No faxed or emailed applications will be accepted.

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)
  • Proof of parents or guardian’s income
  • Proof if parents are deceased
  • Affidavit if parents are not working.

NOTE: 2022 intake closed in October 2022. The DFFE is currently not taking / accepting applications. This information is for advisory purposes only.

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]

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: N/A at the moment [set to be made available once new call for applications is initiated by the DFFE]



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