Department of Water and Sanitation Bursary (DWS)

By | January 14, 2020

Department of Water and Sanitation Bursary (DWS)


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Department of Water and Sanitation Bursary (DWS) 2023-2024

About Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS)

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) was established in 1912 when it was originally called the Department of Irrigation. As one of the South African government departments, DWS is responsible for the country’s water resources, especially for formulating and implementing the department’s policies.

DWS aims to ensure that South Africa has access to safe drinking water and sanitation and water management services to ensure the sustainable economic and social development of the country.

The Ministry of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has established a learning academy whose purpose is to help students complete their higher education in the field of water and sanitation, which is the country’s low-skill department.

DWS will award scholarships in the following areas of undergraduate and graduate study:


  • Civil Engineering (BSc/ BEng/ BEng Tech/ National Diploma)
  • Electrical Engineering (BSc/ BEng/ BEng Tech/ National Diploma)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BSc/ BEng/ BEng Tech/ National Diploma)
  • Hydrology (BSc)
  • Geohydrology (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)


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


The scholarship is awarded once a year and is renewed based on satisfactory academic performance. The scholarship program covers the following expenses: registration fees, tuition fees, prescribed textbook allowances, lodging, meals, and personal allowances.

After completing their studies, beneficiaries must join the Water Resources Learning Institute for up to 3 years. The shortlisted candidates will be contacted by written letter. If you do not receive feedback within 3 months of the application deadline, your application will not be considered successful.


Applicants must meet the following minimum admission criteria before applying (note that if you do not meet all the requirements, your application will not be considered):

  • South African citizen
  • Has completed Matric or is currently studying at Matric
  • Or intend to be within the following time Study full-time in one of the above fields of study
  • Study or intend to study at one of the following institutions of higher education
  • Good academic performance
  • Proven financial need
  • The Disabled students must also apply

* Priority will be given to those from poverty and rural areas that were previously disadvantaged Student community status

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

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


Download and complete the Department of Water and 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)
  • Grade 11 final results AND Matric latest results, if currently in Matric (certified copies)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Full tertiary academic record to date, if currently at University (certified copy)
  • Proof of University application/ firm offer/ provisional acceptance letter, if a new student
  • 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:
(Insert the words “DWS Bursary Application – Your Full Name” in the email subject line).

2) Post:
Department of Water and Sanitation
Director: Career Management
Private Bag X313


31 August
(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

Department of Water and Sanitation Bursary (DWS)

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