Dept of Forestry, Fisheries & the Environment (DFFE) Bursaries 2023

Dept of Forestry, Fisheries & the Environment (DFFE) Bursaries 2023 – For details about eligibility, requirements, available positions, application procedure – how to apply, application form PDF download, interview questions/schedules, etc.

Are you looking for Bursary programmes in South Africa? Do you have the basic requirements to apply for Bursary programmes? If yes, you are welcome to this page.

This page contains information about the latest Bursary programmes at Dept of Forestry, Fisheries & the Environment (DFFE) for 2023 and how to apply.

bursary is a monetary award made by any educational institution or funding authority to individuals or groups. It is usually awarded to enable a student to attend school, university or college when they might not be able to, otherwise. Some awards are aimed at encouraging specific groups or individuals into study.

Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) invites qualifying students to apply for Bursary Programme 2023 academic year.

Bursary Application Closing Date: 07 October 2022

Bursaries will be awarded for studies in the following fields:
Biodiversity and Conservation:

  • Biological Sciences (BSc/ Degree/ Hons BSc)
  • Environmental Management/ Science, Nature Conservation
  • Environmental Resource Management, Hydrology and Water Resources Management
  • Environmental Science (BSc/ Degree/ Diploma/ Hons/ National Diploma)
  • Heritage Studies (Degree/ Diploma)
  • Natural Resource Management, Geography and Hydrology
  • Nature Conservation (Degree/ Diploma/ Hons)

Chemicals and Waste Management:

  • Environmental Management (B Degree/ B Tech/ Hons/ Masters/ National Diploma)
  • Environmental Science (B Degree/ B Tech/ Hons/ Masters/ National Diploma)
  • Information Science (B Degree/ Hons/ Masters)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (B Degree/ B Tech/ Hons/ Masters/ National Diploma)
  • Natural Science (Geography, Chemistry, Hydrology, Water etc) (B Degree/ Hons/ Masters)
  • Sustainable Development Studies
  • Waste Management (B Degree/ Masters/ Hons)
  • Water Resource Efficiency / Circular Economy (B Degree/ B Tech/ Hons/ Masters/ National Diploma)

Climate Change and Air Quality and Sustainability Development:

  • Environmental Engineering (M.Eng)
  • Environmental Law (LLM)
  • Environmental Politics (BA (Hons))
  • Environmental Science (M Sc)
  • Environmental Social Science (B Sc)
  • MSc/ MPhil specialising in Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Environmental Programmes:

  • 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)
  • Environmental Science (National Diploma)
  • Horticulture (National Diploma/ Adv Diploma)
  • Landscape Technology (National Diploma/ Adv Diploma)

Forestry Management:

  • Forestry (Advance Diploma/ Diploma)
  • Forestry and Natural Resource Science (BSc)
  • Natural Resource Management (BSc Honours)
  • Wood and Wood Products (BSc)
  • Wood and Wood Products Science (MSc)

Fisheries Management:

  • Environmental Science (B Degree/ Hons/ MSc)
  • Ichthyology specialising in Aquaculture (BSc)
  • Marine/ Fisheries Biology (BSc)
  • Maritime Studies
  • Oceanography (National Diploma/ B Tech)
  • Oceanography and Marine Biology (BSc)
  • Post-Graduate studies in different fisheries and aquaculture study fields (B Tech/ BSc Hons/ MSc and PhD)

Oceans and Coast:

  • Biochemistry (Genetics) (Hons/ MSc)
  • Botany (Coastal related i.e. mangroves, dune vegetation) (Hons/ MSc)
  • Chemistry (Heavy metals/ Plastic pollution in the Marine Environment) (MSc)
  • Chemistry (Hydro-Carbons) (MSc)
  • Data Analyst and Statistical Modelling
  • Ecological Modelling (MSc)
  • Ecophysiology (Hons/ MSc)
  • GIS emphasis on Spatial analysis (Hons/ MSc)
  • Marine Science / Environmental Science (BTech)
  • Natural Resource Economics (Marine) (Masters/ PhD)
  • Physics & Biological Oceanography Ocean Noise (PhD)
  • Taxonomy (Systematics) and Biodiversity (MSc)

Regulatory Compliance and Sector Monitoring:

  • Bachelor of Environmental Sciences (majoring in Animal and wildlife)
  • Botany (BSc)
  • Chemistry (BSc)
  • Environmental Management majoring in Environmental Impact Assessment (Bachelor of)
  • Geography (BSc Honours)
  • Geography, Geoinformatics (BSc)
  • Law (B.A)
  • LLB (Major courses Administrative law, legislative drafting, Environmental Law)
  • LLM
  • Paralegal (Degree/ Diploma)

Successful candidates will be contacted by no later than 31 January 2023 – 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 have completed Matric
  • You must be studying or intend on studying full time, towards a qualification in one of the fields listed above
  • You must be studying or intend on studying at a recognised and accredited tertiary institution in South Africa
  • You must NOT be employed
  • You must NOT be an employee of the DFFE
  • Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged candidates and those living with disabilities

How to apply

Download and complete the: DFFE Bursary Application Form 2023 (.pdf)

Indicate the relevant reference number and qualification you are applying for, on the application form:

  • Biodiversity and Conservation (Reference No: BC/01/2023)
  • Chemicals and Waste Management (Reference No: CWM/01/2023)
  • Climate Change and Air Quality and Sustainability Development (Reference No: CCAQ/01/2023)
  • Environmental Programmes (Reference No: EP/01/2023)
  • Forestry Management (Reference No: FOR/01/2023)
  • Fisheries Management (Reference No: FISH/01/2023)
  • Oceans and Coasts (Reference No: OC/01/2023)
  • Regulatory Compliance and Sector Monitoring (Reference No: RCSM/01/2023)

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, if applicable (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 (read our tips on how to write a motivational letter for your bursary application)

Applications must be submitted in either of the following ways:
– Post:
The Director-General
Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment
Private Bag X 447
For attention: Learning and Development – Bursary Section

– Hand delivery to Pretoria:
Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment
Environment House
473 Steve Biko Street
Cnr Steve Biko and Soutpansberg Road

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