Dept of Water & Sanitation: Bursaries 2023

Dept of Water & Sanitation: Bursaries 2023

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

Bursary Application Closing Date: 31 October 2022

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

Postgraduate studies:

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

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

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.


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
    • North West University
    • Rhodes University
    • Sol Plaatje University
    • Tshwane University of Technology
    • Nelson Mandela University
    • 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 Stellenbosch
    • University of Venda
    • University of the Western Cape
    • University of Witwatersrand
    • University of Zululand
    • Vaal University of Technology
    • Walter Sisulu University
    • University of Mpumalanga
    • University of Pretoria
  • 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

Download Department of Water and Sanitation Bursary Application Form 2023

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

Applications must be submitted via email to:
(Insert the words DWS Bursary Application 2023 in the email subject line).

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