The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) Bursary is designed to support deserving students who aspire to pursue careers in agriculture, land reform, and rural development. The bursary for the 2025 academic year is now open for applications.

This comprehensive bursary covers tuition, accommodation, books, meals, and provides a monthly allowance, specifically targeting previously disadvantaged and impoverished individuals from rural communities.

DALRRD Bursary Overview

The DALRRD Bursary is available for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in various fields critical to the agricultural sector. This initiative aims to nurture the next generation of agricultural professionals and leaders who will contribute to the growth and development of South Africa’s agricultural landscape.

Fields of Study

The DALRRD Bursary supports a range of studies, including but not limited to:

  • BSc Eng. Agricultural (Bioresource) Engineering
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
  • BSc Agric. Entomology
  • BSc Agric. Food Science
  • BSc Agric. Pasture Science
  • BSc Agric. Plant Pathology
  • BSc Agric. Soil Science
  • BSc Agric. Agronomy
  • BSc Agric. Viticulture and Oenology
  • BAS Food Science and Technology
  • Diploma in Food Technology
  • BSc Land Surveying/Geomatics
  • BSc Town/Urban and Regional Planning
  • BSc Geo-informatics/Geographic Information Science
  • National Diploma/B Degree in Geomatics/Land Surveying/GIS
  • National Diploma/B Degree in Town/Urban and Regional Planning
  • Postgraduate studies (Advanced Diploma/B. Tech, B.Sc. Hons, M.Sc., D.Tech., and Ph.D.) in DALRRD priority research projects

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Minimum Requirements

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Matric/National Senior Certificate:
    • Mathematics and Physical Science: 6 (70–79) for BSc Eng. Agricultural Engineering and Bachelor of Veterinary Science.
    • Mathematics and Physical Science: 5 (60–69) for most BSc Agric fields.
    • Mathematics and Physical Science: 4 (50–59) for Food Technology diplomas and degrees in Geomatics and Urban Planning.
    • Geography: 5 (60–69) for BSc Geo-informatics.

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Application Instructions

To apply for the DALRRD Bursary, follow these detailed instructions:

Send your completed application and all supporting documents to: Externalbursaries@dalrrd.gov.za.

  • Use block letters to complete the form.
  • Provide concise answers and, where applicable, mark with an X.
  • This form is intended for individuals who are not staff members of the department.

Required Documents

Important Notes

  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • Ensure all required documents are included before submission.
  • Applicants must be South African citizens.
  • Applications for fields of study not listed above will not be considered.
  • If you do not receive communication within 14 days after the release of Grade 12 results, consider your application unsuccessful.
  • The DALRRD reserves the right to determine the total number of bursary allocations based on the available budget.

Contact Information

For any inquiries regarding the bursary program, you can contact:

  • Mr. Tshianeo Khangala: Tel: 012 319 7015
  • Mr. Vusimuzi Mngomezulu: Tel: 012 319 7923
  • Ms. Nozipho Mtshali: Cell: 082 775 0590, Tel: 012 326 8050
  • Mr. Emmanuel Molefe: Cell: 082 827 6245, Tel: 012 326 8050

The DALRRD Bursary presents a remarkable opportunity for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue their academic dreams and contribute to the agricultural sector in South Africa. By offering comprehensive financial support, this bursary program aims to develop skilled professionals and leaders who will drive the growth and sustainability of agriculture, land reform, and rural development. Apply now and secure your future in this vital field.

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