Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries Bursary South Africa 2023 – 2024

Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries Bursary South Africa 2023 – 2024


The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) was formed in 2009 and is responsible for managing and supporting the agricultural sector in South Africa, and ensuring that all citizens have access to safe and nutritious food.

DAFF is under the responsibility of Senzeni Zokwana, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Some of the departments goals include efficient and effective governance; sustained and sufficient management of natural resources; contributions to the countries economic growth and development; successful risk management systems and national regulatory services; greater production of timber products, fibre and food; a united and transformed sector.


Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) is inviting students to apply for bursary funding, for the 2022 academic year.

Bursaries will be awarded for full-time studies, in the fields listed below:
Biodiversity and Conservation:

  • Biological Sciences (Degree/ Hons BSc)
  • Environmental Management (Diploma/ Degree/ Hons)
  • Environmental Science (Diploma/ Degree/ Hons)
  • Environmental Strategy Development and Implementation of Environmental Law including Advanced Legislative Drafting (Diploma/ Degree/ Hons)
  • Global change dynamics (Climate Change, drought, biodiversity loss) (Diploma/ Degree/ Hons)
  • Heritage Studies (Diploma/ Degree)
  • Nature Conservation (Diploma/ Degree / Hons)
  • Natural Science / Environmental Science/Management majoring in Ecology, Resources Management and Geographical Information System (BSc/ Hons/ MSc)
  • Risk management or Policy Development (Diploma/ Degree/ Hons)
  • Wetlands Management and/or Ecosystem Approach (Diploma/ Degree/ Hons)

Chemicals and Waste Management:

  • Biochemistry/ Microbiology (MSc/ M Tech)
  • Chemical Engineering/ Chemistry (MSc/ M Tech)
  • Eco-toxicology of environmental pollutants (Masters/ PhD)
  • Ecoxicology (B Hons/ M Sc)
  • Environmental Risk Assessment and Management (Masters/ PhD)
  • Environmental Science (B Degree/ M Tech/ Hons/ MSc)
  • Epidemiology of environmental pollutants (Masters/ PhD)
  • Impacts and synergistic effects of environmental pollutants on the environment (Masters/ PhD)
  • Toxicology (Masters/ PhD)
  • Waste Management (B Degree/ Hons/ MSc)

Climate Change, Air Quality and Sustainable Development:

  • Chemistry (BSc)
  • Conservation (National Diploma/ B Degree)
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences (National Diploma/ B Degree)
  • Environmental Management (BSc/ National Diploma)
  • Environmental Science (BSc/ National Diploma)
  • Geography, Archaeology and Environmental (BSc)
  • Natural Science (National Diploma/ B Degree)
  • Sustainable Development (National Diploma/ B Degree)

Environmental Programmes:

  • Environmental Science (National Diploma)
  • Environmental Science: Biological Resources (BSc Degree/ Hons/ Masters)
  • Environmental Science: Environmental Economics (BSc Degree/ Hons/ Masters)
  • Environmental Science: Environmental Law/ Biological Sciences (BSc Degree/ Hons/ Masters)
  • Environmental Science: People and the Environment (BSc Degree/ Hons/ Masters)
  • Environmental Science: Water Resources (BSc Degree/ Hons/ Masters)
  • Horticulture (National Diploma/ Adv Diploma)
  • Landscape Technology (National Diploma/ Adv Diploma)

Forestry Management:

  • Environmental Science or Management (National Diploma/ B Degree/ Hons/ MSc)
  • Forestry (National Diploma/ AdvDip/ B Degree/ Hons/ Master’s Degree)
  • Forestry (B Degree / Hons / Master’s Degree)
  • Forestry, Wood Science (BTech/ M Sc)
  • Game Ranch management (National Diploma/ AdvDip/ Hons/ MSc/ PhD)
  • Nature Conservation (National Diploma/ AdvDip/ Hons/ MSc/ PhD)
  • Nature Conservation, Botany, Marine Science (National Diploma/ BTech/ BDegree/ Hons/ MSc)
  • Veld Fire Management (Higher Certificate)
  • Wood Technology (National Diploma/ AdvDip/ Hons/ MSc/ PhD)
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Fisheries Management:

  • Environmental Science (B Degree/ Hons/ MSc)
  • Ichthyology specialising in Aquaculture (BSc)
  • Marine Biology (BSc)
  • Oceanography (National Diploma)
  • Oceanography and Marine Biology (BSc)

Oceans and Coast:

  • Applied Aquaculture
  • Aquatic Veterinary Science
  • Biochemistry (Genetics) (Hons/ MSc)
  • Botany (Coastal-related) (Hons/ MSc)
  • Chemistry (Heavy metals pollution in the Marine Environment) (MSc)
  • Chemistry (Hydro-Carbons) (MSc)
  • Data Analyst and statistical modelling
  • Ecological Modelling (MSc)
  • Ecophysiology (Hons/ MSc)
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental/ Maritime Law
  • Environmental Science (BSc/ Honours/ Masters/ PhD)
  • GIS emphasis on Spatial analysis (Hons/ MSc)
  • Information Technology and GIS (Marine)
  • Marine Science/ Environmental Science (BTech)
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Marine Protected Areas Management
  • Maritime Law (BSc)
  • Maritime Security
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nature Conservation, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Management (BSc)
  • Ocean Governance
  • Ocean Noise (Physics & Biology Oceanography) (PhD)
  • Operations Management (BTech)
  • Resource/ Environmental Economics
  • Taxonomy (Systematics) and Biodiversity (MSc)

Regulatory Compliance and Sector Monitoring:

  • Botany (BSc)
  • Chemistry (BSc)
  • Environmental Management majoring in Environmental Impact Assessment (Bachelors Degree)
  • Environmental Sciences (majoring in Animal and wildlife) (Bachelors Degree)
  • Geography (BSc Honours)
  • Geography, Geoinformatics (BSc)
  • Law (B.A)
  • LLB (Major courses: Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Legislative Drafting)
  • LLM
  • Paralegal (National Diploma/ Degree)


The bursary will be awarded for the maximum value of R40 000.

Successful candidates will be contacted no later than 31 January 2022 – if you do not receive any feedback by this date, please regard your application as unsuccessful.

Successful bursary recipients will be required to sign a bursary contract with the department.


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 be currently in Matric or you must have completed Matric
  • You must be studying or intend on studying full time, in one of the fields listed above, for 2022
  • You must be registered to study at a recognised tertiary institution in South Africa
  • You must NOT be an employee of the DFFE
  • Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged candidates and those living with disabilities



Download and complete the: Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) Bursary Application Form (.pdf)

Candidates are required to indicate the reference number and qualification they are applying for, on the application form:

  • Biodiversity and Conservation (Reference: B&C/01/2022)
  • Chemicals and Waste Management (Reference: CWM/01/2022)
  • Climate Change, Air Quality and Sustainable Development (Reference: CCAS/01/2022)
  • Environmental Programmes (Reference: EP/01/2022)
  • Forestry Management (Reference: FO /01/2022)
  • Fisheries Management (Reference: FI/01/2022)
  • Oceans and Coast (Reference: OC/01/2022)
  • Regulatory Compliance and Sector Monitoring (Reference: RCSM/01/2022)
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Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your application (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric latest results, if currently in Matric (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Qualifications or certificates completed (certified copies)
  • Most recent academic records, if currently studying (certified copies)
  • Proof of registration, if enrolled (on institutes letterhead)
  • Parents or guardians ID documents (certified copies)
  • Parents or guardians proof of income (latest payslips if employed/ affidavit if unemployed/ proof of grant or pension if applicable/ affidavit or death certificates if deceased)
  • Research proposal, if an Honours or Masters student
  • Motivational letter to support your application and explain why you should be awarded the bursary


Applications must be submitted to:
The Director-General
Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment
Private Bag X 447
(Attention: Learning and Development – Bursary Section)

Note: applications received via fax or email will NOT be accepted.


26 November 2021.
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)


For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) directly:
Contact people & contact numbers:

  • Joshua Moepya – Tel: 012 399 8682 / 067 417 3739
  • Busisiwe Stemele – Tel: 399-8685/066 156 0042
  • Mokhobo Putu – Tel: 399 9018/ 066 081 2662
  • Sarah Mathunyane – Tel: 814 8084/ 067 417 3719
  • Mpho Beta – Tel: 402 3368
  • Mooketsa Mabe – Tel: 402 3412/ 071 540 2685
  • Neliswa Magwala – Tel: 814 8089/ 066 081 9858

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