About the Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries
The Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries, which was formerly known as the Department of Environmental Affairs, is a governmental establishment that manages local forestry and fishery function in South Africa. The department bears the responsibility of promoting environmental awareness and how it is so important within the general public.
The department strives to implement environmental laws as an effort to strengthen the conservation of oceans, improve the quality of air, and preserving the country’s rich biodiversity. Strategies are conceptualized and executed to give citizens the right to a more protected environment. Hopefully, the departments efforts bear fruitful results with a global community that is more sustainable and environmentally-friendly.
About the Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries Bursaries 2024
The Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries is offering financial assistance in the form of bursaries to a number of academically-driven students. The Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries Bursaries is an initiative conducted to uplift the potential of young learners within local communities. The bursaries are offered for the 2024 academic year and are only available for learners who plan on pursuing full-time studies.
The Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries Bursaries are only offered for these study fields listed below:
Biodiversity and Conservation:
- Biological Sciences (Degree / Hons BSc)
- Environmental Resource Management, Hydrology, and Water Resources Management
- Natural Resource Management, Geography, and Hydrology
- Heritage Studies (Degree/ Diploma)
- Environmental Management/ Science, Nature Conservation
- Nature Conservation (Degree/ Diploma/ Hons)
- Environmental Science (BSd ND/ Degree/ Hons)
Chemicals and Waste Management:
- Water Resource Efficiency / Circular Economy (B Degree/ B Tech/ Hons/ Masters/ National Diploma)
- Sustainable Development Studies
- Information Science (B Degree/ Hons/ Masters)
- Environmental Management (B Degree/ B Tech/ Hons/ Masters/ National Diploma)
- Environmental Science (B Degree/ B Tech/ Hons/ Masters/ National Diploma)
- Waste Management (B Degree/ Masters/ Hons)
- Monitoring and Evaluation (B Degree/ B Tech/ Hons/ Masters/ National Diploma)
- Natural Science (Geography, Chemistry, Hydrology, Water, etc.) (B Degree/ Hons/ Masters)
Climate Change and Air Quality and Sustainability Development:
- Geography, Archaeology, and Environmental (BSc)
- Environmental Science (BSd ND)
- Environmental Management (BSc/ ND)
- Chemistry (BSc)
- Natural Science (ND/ B Degree)
- Earth and Environmental Sciences (ND/ B Degree)
- Sustainable Development (ND/ B Degree)
- Conservation (ND/ B Degree)
- Civil Engineering (B Degree/ ND)
- Conversation, Resource Economics, Development Studies, and Social Innovation (and related study fields)
- Environmental Management (BSc Degree)
- Geographical Information System (BSc Hons)
- Architectural Studies (B Degree/ ND)
- Project Management (ND)
- Building Management & Quantity Surveying (B Degree/ ND)
- Environmental Engineering (B Degree/ ND)
- Forestry and Natural Resource Sciences (BSc/ MSc)
- Forestry (Diploma/ MSc)
- Natural Resource Management (Honours)
- Environmental Law (Diploma/ Degree)
- Wood Science (BSc)
- Forestry Management (Advance Diploma)
- Social/ Economic studies specializing in Fisheries (Post-Graduate studies)
Oceanography (National Diploma/ B Tech)
- Oceanography/ Marine Biology/ Environmental Science/ Aquaculture and Fisheries (BSc/ MSc/ PhD)
- Maritime studies related to harbors/ ports
- Fisheries Modeling/ Stock Assessment/ Fisheries Management (BTech/ BSc Hons/ MSc/ PhD)
- Agriculture Economics specializing in Aquaculture (Post-Graduate studies)
Oceans and Coast:
- Marine Biology (BSc)
- Chemistry-Heavy metals/ Hydrocarbons) (Hons/ Masters)
- Maritime studies/ Maritime Economics (Hons/ Masters)
- Physical/ Chemical/ Biological Oceanography (PhD)
- Engineering (Electrical/ Mechanical/ Communication) (BTech)
- Biodiversity and Conservation Biology (BSc)
- Marine Natural Resource Economics (Masters/ PhD)
- Ecophysiology/Taxonomy (Systematics) and Biodiversity (Hons/ Masters)
Regulatory Compliance and Sector Monitoring:
- Paralegal (Diploma/ Degree)
- GIS professional
- Bachelor of Environmental Management majoring in Environmental Impact Assessment
Geography, Geoinformatics (BSc)
- Bachelor of Environmental Sciences (majoring in Animal and wildlife)
- LLB (Major courses administrative law, legislative drafting, Environmental Law)/ LLM Chemistry (BSc)
- BA Law
Awardees of the Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries Bursaries are entitled to a coverage of up to R50 000. The funds can be used to cover tuition expenses, prescribed study materials, monthly stipends, and all sorts of other school-related fees. Please be kindly informed that the bursary is only awarded provided that you meet the qualifications of the bursary programme.
Before you can register for the Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries Bursaries, candidates must fulfill the requirements first. Each of these qualifications will be used by the selection committee to evaluate all candidates on a fair basis. This is to make sure that the committee can see which candidates truly deserve the financial assistance to pursue their tertiary education. Failure to meet these items will cause disadvantageous consequences towards the overall results of your applications.
The Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries Bursaries Eligibility Criteria are as follows:
- South African citizenship is a mandatory requirement.
- You should currently be in Matric or have successfully completed your Matric.
- Full-time pursuit of a qualification in one of the specified eligible fields is necessary.
- Your enrollment should be at a duly recognized and accredited South African tertiary institution.
- Employment elsewhere is not permissible.
- Being an employee of the DFFE is not allowed.
- Past participation in the public service internship program is disqualifying.
- Preference will be given to candidates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and individuals with disabilities.
Download: application form Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries Bursaries 2024.
Once you have downloaded the official application form, please take a look the instructions below:
- Use BLOCK LETTERS to fill in the queries
- Provide brief answers
- Put in “X” on all applicable parts
- Fill in the application form completely.
Additionally, candidates must prepare an application dossier with these supporting documents:
- A clear letter of motivation explaining why you deserve the bursary
- Valid copies of your Identity Document (applicant’s ID as well as parents/guardians’ ID)
- Valid copies of your available qualification and latest academic track records
- A letter of acceptance from first year students
- Valid proof of admissions (if already registered in a tertiary institution)
- Valid proof of parents/guardians’ household income
- Applicants with deceased parents must provide proof
- Applicants with unemployed parents must provide an affidavit.
Once you have compiled everything, please submit your application dossiers either through Hand Delivery/Courier, or Postal Carriage.
Hand Deliveries Or Courier:
Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, 473 Steve Biko Street Cnr Steve Biko and Soutpansberg Road Arcadia Pretoria.
Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, 63 Strand Street, 13th Floor Nedbank Building, Cape Town
The Director-General, Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries,
Private Bag X447,
Attention: Learning and Development (Bursary Section).
Applications must be sent through either one of these methods. Candidates discovered to be making submissions through e-mail or fax will automatically be disqualified from the registration procedure.
Note: make sure that you indicate your reference number as well as the study field of your choice on your applications.
Applications for the Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries Bursaries must be send before the closing date on 27 October 2023.
The selection committee will not be accepting any applications sent past the closing date. Since there is ample time left, we advise you to start preparing your applications as soon as possible. You can still check if you have any missing documents or if there are any unanswered queries on your application form.
Announcements are only made to shortlisted candidates. Should you not hear back from the committee by the end of January 2024, we regret to inform you that you have not been selected for the bursary programme.
Shortlisted candidates will be required to sign a legitimate bursary contract. This agreement will list out all of the terms and conditions of the bursary that you will need to abide to.