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Status of availability
Purpose and objectives 
Procedure and information to apply


Bursaries intake availability status


The advertisements for the 2020 bursary intake closed on 08 November 2019. No late applications will be considered. The bursaries' opportunities are advertised through the national newspapers, this website and social media platforms of the department. 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

Consideration is given to previously disadvantaged 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 do get considered. 

Memebers of the public wishing to apply for the departmental bursaries intake are advised to apply only when a call for applications, with relevant deadlines, has been advertised.  During such time, 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 the both parents or guardian)
  • Acceptance letter from first year students
  • 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


The department offers bursaries in the following fields of study

Fields of study
Biodiversity and Conservation 
  • National Diploma: Nature Conservation
  • BA Degree Environmental Management / Science
  • ND: Ecotourism and game range management
  • BA Degree Environmental Economics
  • BSc Zoology and Botany
  • BSc Environmental Management (Majoring in Environmental law)
  • BSc Geology
  • BHCS Heritage and Cultural Studies
Chemicals and Waste Management (Ref: CWM/01/2020) 
  • ND/B Degree/Hons/MSc/MTech Environmental Science
  • B Degree/Honours/MSc/MTech Environmental Management
  • M Sc/MTech Chemical Engineering/Chemistry
  • Hons/MSc/MTech Biochemistry or Microbiology
  • B Degree/Honours/MSc/MTech Waste Management
  • MSc/MTech Environmental Health
  • ND/B Degree/Hons/MSc/MSc Natural Sciences (Geography, Chemistry)
  • B Degree/Hons/MSc Environmental Economics
  • ND/B Degree/Hons/MSc Biological Science
  • MSc/MTech Waste Management
  • B Degree/ND/Hons/MA Geography
  • B Degree/ ND/ Hons/ MSc Environmental Engineering and Bio Technology
Chief Operating Officer 
  • ND/ BSc / Honours / Masters Environmental Science / Environmental Management
  • Bachelor s degree / Honours / Masters/ PhD Environmental Monitoring, Compliance, Enforcement and Control
  • Degree, honours, masters Climate change and sustainability management
  • Honours, masters, PhD Environmental research and development
  • Degree, Honours, Masters, PhD Environmental Engineering
  • Degree, honours, masters Environmental Health
  • Degree Risk Management
  • ND/ Degree Internal Audit
  • Degree Information Management/ Information Systems
  • Post-graduate Public Administration/ Public Management / Governance
Climate Change and Air Quality and Sustainbaility Development
  • BSc/ND Environmental Science
  • BSc/ND Environmental Management
  • ND/B Degree Earth Science
  • ND/B Degree Natural Science
  • ND/B Degree Conservation
  • BSc Chemistry
  • ND/B Degree Hydrology
Environmental Programmes (Ref: EP/01/2020)
  • B SC/Hons/Masters Environmental Science/Environmental Law/Environmental Economics/ Water Resource
  • Hons Economics
  • PhD Environmental Management
  • MPhil Science Communication
  • Hons/Master/PhD Botany or Entomology or Zoology or Ecology
  • Hons/Master/PhD Social Science
Regulatory Compliance and Sector Monitoring
  • LLB (Major courses Administrative law, legislative drafting, Environmental Law)
  • LLM
  • B.A Law
  • A Diploma or Degree in Paralegal
  • Bachelor of Environmental Management (majoring in Animal and wildlife management)
  • BSc in Chemistry
  • BSc majoring in Geography
  • Bachelor of Environmental Management majoring in Environmental Impact Assessment
  • BSc Chemistry, botany
  • BA Information Management
Oceans and Coast 
  • ND/B Tech/BSc Hons/MSc/PhD: Marine Science
  • BSc/Hons/MA Environmental Economics
  • BTech/MTech/Hons/ M Sc/Oceanography
  • BSc Environmental Science/Management
  • BTech/MTech/Hons/MA Environmental Economics
  • B Degree Coastal Management
  • B Degree Town and Regional planning
  • B Degree Social Development Studies
  • ND/BEng/BTech/Hons/MA Mechanical Engineering
  • B Sc/Hons/MSc Computer Science or Information Systems Engineering



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