July 2015

Bursaries 2016: Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries bursary awards for 2016


Fields of studies [Minimum requirements (National Senior Certificate)]

1. B.Sc. Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural Engineering)   [Mathematics and Physical Science 6 (70-79)]

2. Bachelor of Veterinary Science (B.V.Sc.)    [Mathematics and Physical Science 6 (70-79)]

3. B.Sc. Viticulture and Oenology  [Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (60-69)]

4. B.Sc. Food Science  [Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (60-69)]

5 B.Sc. Plant Pathology  [Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (60-69)]

6. B.Sc. Agric. Soil Science  [Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (60-69)]

7. B.Sc. Agric .Agronomy  [Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (60-69)]

8. B.Sc. Genetics  [Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (60-69)]

9. B.Sc. Forestry and Wood Science  [Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (60-69)]

10. B.Sc. Geo-informatics  [Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (60-69)]

11. B.Sc. Marine Biology  [Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (60-69)]

12. B.Sc. Oceanography and Marine Biology  [Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (60-69)]

13. B.Sc. Ichthyology specialising in Aquaculture  [Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (60-69)]

14. National Diploma: Food Technology  [Mathematics and Physical Science 4 (50-59)]

15. National Diploma: Forestry  [Mathematics and Physical Science 4 (50-59)]

16. National Diploma: Fisheries Resource Management  [Mathematics and Physical Science 4 (50-59)]

17. National Diploma: Marine Science  [Mathematics and Physical Science 4 (50-59)]

18. Postgraduate studies (B.Tech, B.Sc. Hons, M.Tech., M.Sc., D.Tech. and Ph.D.) in different agriculture, forestry and fisheries study fields linked to DAFF priority research projects.


1. It is worth noting that certain fields of study are only available at certain institutions of higher learning:

  • B.Sc. Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural Engineering): University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (B.V.Sc.): University of Pretoria
  • B.Sc. Viticulture and Oenology: University of Stellenbosch
  • B.Sc. Forestry and Wood Science: University of Stellenbosch
  • B.Sc. Oceanography and Marine Biology: University of Cape Town
  • B.Sc. Ichthyology specialising in Aquaculture: Rhodes University
  • National Diploma: Forestry: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • National Diploma: Marine Science : Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • National Diploma: Fisheries Resource Management: Cape Peninsula University of Technology

2. Applicants must be South African citizens.      

3. Applicants must complete the relevant bursary application forms available from the website address: www.daff.gov.za (Click the following: Food Security and Agrarian Reform Branch then Sector Education and Training and then Careers).

4. Successful candidates will be informed from 20 January 2016 after the National Bursary Committee has finalised the selection process. If you do not hear from us by the end of January 2016, consider your application as unsuccessful.

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

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

For further enquiries please contact:
Ms Tshilidzi Netshilema:    012 319 7848
Mr Looksharp Makaringi:    012 319 7923   
Ms Boitumelo Maleka:    012 319 7024


  1. 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.
  2. The National Bursary Committee will make use of the Bursary Scheme’s 14-point system to allocate points to shortlisted applicants.
  3. 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 agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors.

Closing date for all applications is 30 September 2015

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries intends to award comprehensive bursaries to qualifying applicants pursuing and/or intending to further their studies in critical scarce skills in agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors for the 2016 academic year. The bursary will cover tuition, accommodation, books, meals and monthly allowance. The bursary awards target the previously disadvantaged and impoverished persons from poverty-stricken and rural communities. People with disabilities are also encouraged to apply

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