Sep 2016 - 2nd edition

Bursaries: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 2017

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 a career in the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sectors for the 2017 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 encouraged to apply.
Fields of studies Minimum requirements (National Senior Certificate)
1. B.Sc. Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural Engineering)
2. Bachelor of Veterinary Science (B.V.Sc.)
Physical Science 6 (70-79)
3. B.Sc. Viticulture and Oenology
4. B.Sc. Plant Pathology
5. B.Sc. Entomology 
6. B.Sc. Forestry and Wood Science
7. B.Sc. Marine Biology
8. B.Sc. Oceanography and Marine Biology
9. B.Sc. Ichthyology specialising in Aquaculture
Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (60-69)
10. National Diploma: Food Technology
11. National Diploma: Forestry
12. National Diploma: Marine Science
Mathematics and Physical Science 4 (50-59)
13. Postgraduate studies (B.Tech, B.Sc., Hons., M.Tech., M.Sc., D.Tech. and Ph.D.) in different agricultural, forestry and fisheries fields 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. 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

2. Applicants must be South African citizens.    
3. Applicants must complete the relevant bursary application forms available from the website address: (Click the following: Food Security and Agrarian Reform Branch then Sector Education and Training and then Careers).
4. Applicants who apply for fields of study that are not listed above will not be considered.
5. Please note that communication will be limited to successful applicants only. If you have not received any communication from the department by15 January 2017, after the National Bursary Committee has finalised the selection process, consider your application unsuccessful.
6. 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

Mr Frans Setseba: 012 319 7848

Mr Vusimuzi Mngomezulu: 012 319 7923

Ms Boitumelo Maleka: 012 319 7024



NB.   (i) 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.
(ii)    The National Bursary Committee will make use of the Bursary Scheme’s 14-point system to allocate points to shortlisted applicants.
(iii)    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.

Closing date for all applications: 30 September 2016

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