Department Of Water And Sanitation 2018 Bursaries

By | December 8, 2021

Department Of Water And Sanitation 2018 Bursaries, The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) was formed in 1912, when it was initially known as the Department of Irrigation. As one of the South African government’s departments, the DWS is responsible for the water resources of the country, particularly for formulating and implementing policies within the sector.

The DWS aims to ensure that South Africans have access to clean water and sanitation services, as well as water resources management for ensuring sustainable economic and social development in the country.


The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has established a Learning Academy, whose aim it is to help students complete their tertiary students within the water and sanitation field, which is a scarce skills sector in the country.

The DWS will be awarding bursaries in the following fields of study:

  • Civil Engineering (BSc/ BEng/ National Diploma)
  • Electrical Engineering (BSc/ BEng/ National Diploma)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BSc/ BEng/ National Diploma)
  • Hydrology (BSc)
  • Geohydrology (BSc)
  • Water Economics (BSc)
  • Project Management (BSc)
  • Environmental Management (BSc)
  • Environmental Sciences (BSc)
  • Environmental and Water Sciences (BSc)
  • Water Care (National Diploma)
  • Environmental Management (National Diploma)
  • Biochemistry (National Diploma)
  • Land Surveying (National Diploma)


  • Civil Engineering (BSc/ BEng (Hons))
  • Electrical Engineering (BSc/ BEng (Hons))
  • Mechanical Engineering (BSc/ BEng (Hons))
  • Hydrology (BSc (Hons))
  • Geohydrology (BSc (Hons))
  • Environmental Management (BSc (Hons))
  • Water Economics (BSc (Hons))
  • Project Management (BSc (Hons))
  • Environmental Sciences (BSc (Hons))
  • Environmental and Water Sciences (BSc (Hons))


Bursaries are awarded each year and renewed based on satisfactory academic performance. The following expenses are covered by the bursary programme: registration fees, tuition fees, prescribed textbooks, accommodation in residence, meals, and a personal allowance.

On completion of their studies, bursary recipients will be required to join the Water Learning Academy for up to 3 years.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted via written correspondence. Should you not receive feedback within 3 months of the application deadline, regard your application as unsuccessful.


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):

  • South African citizen
  • Completed Matric OR currently in Matric
  • Studying or intend on studying full time within one of the aforementioned fields of study
  • Studying or intend on studying at one of the tertiary institutes listed below
  • Strong academic performance
  • Proven financial need
  • *Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged students from poor and rural communities
  • Students with disability should also apply

Students must pursue their studies at one of the following universities:

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


Download and complete the Dept of Water & Sanitation Bursary Application Form (.pdf)

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy of)
  • Grade 11 final results AND Matric latest results (if currently in Matric) (certified copies of)
  • Matric certificate (if completed Matric) (certified copy of)
  • Proof of University application/ firm offer/ provisional acceptance letter (if a new student)
  • Full tertiary academic record to date (if currently at University) (certified copy of)
  • Parents/ guardians proof of income (latest payslips if employed/ affidavit if unemployed/ SASSA grant letter)

Applications must be submitted in one of the following ways:
1) Email: [email protected]
(Insert the words “DWS Bursary Application – Your Full Name” in the email subject line).

2) Post:
Department of Water and Sanitation
Director: Learning Academy
Private Bag X313


31 August 2018.
(Applications for 2019 will reopen on 1 May 2018.)
(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 Water and Sanitation directly:
Contact Person: Ms Nobulali Mtikitiki (Bursary Coordinator)
Tel: 012 336 7149
Email: [email protected]