2023 Department of Water and Sanitation Bursaries

Department of Water and Sanitation

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is inviting South African students to apply for Bursary Programme 2023 academic year.

The Bursary Application Closing Date: 31 October 2022

About our Bursary

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) was formed in 1912 when it was initially known as the Department of Irrigation.

As one of the South African government’s departments, the DWS is responsible for the water resources of the country, particularly for formulating and implementing policies within the sector.

Aims of the Bursary

The DWS aims to ensure that South Africans have access to clean water and sanitation services, as well as water resources management for ensuring sustainable economic and social development in the country.

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has established a Learning Academy, whose aim it is to help students complete their tertiary students within the water and sanitation field, which is a scarce skills sector in the country.

Bursaries will be awarded for Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies, within these fields:

Undergraduate studies:

  • Biochemistry (National Diploma)
  • Civil Engineering (BSc / BEng / National Diploma / BEng Tech)
  • Electrical Engineering (BSc / BEng)
  • Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current) (National Diploma/ BEng Tech)
  • Environmental and Water Sciences (BSc)
  • Environmental Management (BSc / National Diploma)
  • Environmental Sciences (BSc)
  • Geohydrology (BSc)
  • Hydrology (BSc)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BSc / BEng / National Diploma / BEng Tech)
  • Project Management (BSc)
  • Water Care (National Diploma)

Postgraduate studies:

  • Civil Engineering (BSc / BEng (Hons) / MEng)
  • Electrical Engineering (BSc / BEng (Hons) / MEng)
  • Environmental and Water Science (MSc)
  • Environmental Management (BSc (Hons))
  • Environmental Sciences (BSc (Hons))
  • Geohydrology (BSc (Hons) / MSc)
  • Hydrology (BSc (Hons) / MSc)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BSc / BEng (Hons) / MEng)
  • Project Management (BSc (Hons))

The bursary will provide cover for the following expenses: registration fees, tuition fees, allowance for prescribed textbooks, accommodation in residence, meals, and an annual personal allowance.

Bursaries will be awarded based on the following main criteria: academic performance, race and gender, financial need, and need of the Department in relation to the student’s qualification.

On completion of their studies, bursary recipients will be required to join the Water Learning Academy for up to 3 years.

Note: Shortlisted candidates will be contacted within 3 months of the bursary closing date. If you do not receive any written communication feedback by 31 January 2023, please regard your application as unsuccessful.

Requirements you need to apply for the Bursary

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must have completed Matric or be currently in Matric
  • You must be studying or intend on studying full time towards one of the undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications listed above, in 2023
  • You must be studying or intend on studying at one of these public institutions:
    • Cape Peninsula University of Technology Central
    • University of Technology
    • Durban University of Technology
    • Nelson Mandela University
    • North West University
    • Rhodes University
    • Sol Plaatje University
    • Tshwane University of Technology
    • University of Cape Town
    • University of Fort Hare
    • University of the Free State
    • University of Johannesburg
    • University of KwaZulu-Natal
    • University of Limpopo
    • University of Mpumalanga
    • University of Pretoria
    • University of Stellenbosch
    • University of Venda
    • University of the Western Cape
    • University of Witwatersrand
    • University of Zululand
    • Vaal University of Technology
    • Walter Sisulu University
  • You must have a strong academic performance
  • You must be in financial need
  • You must NOT be in receipt of any other funding (including NSFAS, bursary, scholarship, or other awards)
  • Students living with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged students from poor and rural communities

Note: students pursuing studies at TVET colleges, 2-year diplomas, certificates, and qualifications in other fields not listed above, should NOT apply.

How to apply for the Bursary

Download Department of Water and Sanitation Bursary Application Form 2023 (.pdf)

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Grade 11 final results AND Matric latest results, if currently in Matric (certified copies)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Full official academic record to date, if currently at University (certified copy)
  • Proof of University application/ firm offer/ provisional acceptance letter, if a new student (on institutes letterhead)
  • Parents/guardian’s proof of income (latest payslips if employed/ affidavit if unemployed/ SASSA grant letter)

Applications must be submitted via email to: bursaries@dws.gov.za (Insert the words “DWS Bursary Application 2023” in the email subject line).

For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact the Department of Water and Sanitation directly:
Contact Person: Ms. Nobulali Mtikitiki (Bursary Coordinator)
Tel: 012 336 7149
Email: MtikitikiN@dws.gov.za

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