Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 2018 Bursaries

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 critical scarce skills in the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sectors for the 2018 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 Study Minimum Requirements (National Senior Certificate)
1.     BSc Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural  Engineering)

2.     Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)

Mathematics and Physical Science 6 (70–79)
3.     BSc Viticulture and Oenology

4.     BSc Plant Pathology

5.     BSc Food Science

6.     BSc Entomology

7.     BSc Forestry and Wood Science

8.     BSc Marine Biology

9.     BSc Oceanography and Marine Biology

10.  BSc Ichthyology specialising in Aquaculture

Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (60–69)
11.  National Diploma: Food Technology

12.  National Diploma: Forestry

13.  National Diploma: Marine Science

Mathematics and Physical Science 4 (50–59)
14. Postgraduate studies (BTech, BSc, Hons, MTech, MSc, DTech and PhD) 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:
    • BSc Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural Engineering): University of KwaZulu-Natal
    • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc): University of Pretoria
    • BSc Viticulture and Oenology: University of Stellenbosch
    • BSc Forestry and Wood Science: University of Stellenbosch
    • BSc Oceanography and Marine Biology: University of Cape Town
    • BSc 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 for download HERE (click to download)
  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 If you have not received any communication from the department by 15 January 2018, 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 For further enquiries, please contact
Directorate: Sector Education and Training Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Private Bag X250

Pretoria 0001

Mr Vusimuzi Mngomezulu, tel. (012) 319-7923

Ms Boitumelo Maleka, tel. (012) 319-7024

NB:  •  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

  • The National Bursary Committee will make use of the Bursary Scheme’s 14-point system to allocate points to short-listed applicants
  • 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

Closing date for all applications: 30 September 2017

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