Closing Date: 30 September 2013

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries intends awarding comprehensive bursaries to qualifying applicants pursuing and/ or intending to further their studies in critical scarce skills in agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors for the 2013 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 deep rural communities. Females and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Field of Study Requirements
  1. B.Sc. Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural Engineering)
Mathematics and Physical Science 6 (70-79)
  1. Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc.)
  2. B.Sc. Viticulture and Oenology
  3. B.Sc. Food Science
  4. B.Sc. Plant Pathology
  5. B.Sc. Agric Soil Science
  6. B.Sc. Agric Agronomy
  7. B.Sc. Forestry and Wood Science
  8. B.Sc. Geo-informatics
  9. B.Sc. Marine Biology
  10. B.Sc. Oceanography and Marine Biology
  11. B.Sc. Ichthyology specializing in Aquaculture
Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (60-69)
  1. National Diploma: Food Technology
  2. National Diploma: Forestry
  3. National Diploma: Oceanography
Mathematics and Physical Science 5 (50-59)
  1. Postgraduate studies (B.Tech, B.Sc. Hons, M.Sc. and Ph.D) in different agriculture, forestry and fisheries study fields linked to DAFF priority research projects.


  1. It is worth noting that certain fields of studies are only available at certain institutions of higher learning:
    • B.Sc. Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural Engineering): University of KwaZulu –Natal
    • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc): 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 specializing in Aquaculture : Rhodes University
    • National Diploma: Forestry : Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
    • National Diploma : Oceanography : Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  2. Applicants must be South African citizens.
  3. Applicants must complete relevant application form (download for Undergraduate | Postgraduate)
  4. Successful candidates will be informed from 27 January 2014 after the National Bursary Committee has finalised the selection process. If you do not hear from us by end of January 2014, consider your application to be unsuccessful.
  5. All completed bursary application forms together with certified copies of ID and certificates/performance results should be sent to the following address:
Attention: Ms Amanda Shokane For further enquiries please contact
Directorate: Sector Education and Training Department of Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesPrivate Bag X250
Mr Kaizer Ndlovu : 012 319 7358Ms Tshilidzi Netshilema : 012 319 7848


(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 agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors.