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The Department Of Water And Sanitation Bursary Programme For South Africans 2025 (DWS Bursary): Apply

The Department Of Water And Sanitation Bursary Programme For South Africans 2025 (DWS Bursary): Apply

Applications will open 01 May 2024 and the closing date is 30 September 2024. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

The Department Of Water And Sanitation Bursary Programme For South Africans 2025 (DWS Bursary): Apply

Currently, bursaries for the full-time pre and post-graduate studies are granted on an annual basis to learners at the following South African universities:

  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
  • University of the Free State
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of the Western Cape
  • University of Limpopo
  • Nelson Mandela University
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Central University of Technology
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Vaal University of Technology
  • University of Venda
  • University of Witwatersrand
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Zululand
  • Rhodes University
  • University of Fort Hare
  • North West University
  • University of Mpumalanga
  • Sol Plaatje University

The following fields of study are considered for funding, depending on annual needs analysis in Department Water and sanitation. Refer to application form for this year’s qualifications:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Aquatic Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current)
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Geo-chemistry
  • Geographical information Systems
  • Geo-hydrology
  • Geology
  • Hydrology
  • Microbiology
  • Water Care
  • Water Resource Management
  • Water Utilisation

Bursary Criteria

Bursaries will be allocated on the basis of a balanced consideration of the following factors:

  • Academic performance
  • Race and gender
  • Financial need
  • Need of DWS in reference of the specific qualifications

Successful applicants to the bursary scheme receive the following support:

  • Full tertiary registration and tuition costs
  • Residence and meal fees
  • Book allowance
  • An annual personal allowance


DWS will require bursars who obtain their qualifications to join Water Learning Academy on a fixed term contract for a period of maximum of three (3) years.


Fill in this form to apply for the bursary and follow the instructions carefully.

DEADLINE: 30 September 2024

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