Are you a first-year student aspiring to pursue a career in water and sanitation or related fields? The Department of Water and Sanitation Bursary is now open for applications for the 2025 academic year. This bursary program is aimed at supporting the education of students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, especially those from impoverished and rural communities. Students with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.

Fields of Study Covered by the Department of Water and Sanitation Bursary

For 2025, the Department of Water and Sanitation will consider bursary applications for the following qualifications:

Undergraduate Degrees

  • BSc/BEng in Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering
  • BSc in Hydrology, Geohydrology, Water Project Management, Environmental and Water Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) in Hydrology, Geohydrology, Water Project Management, Environmental and Water Sciences
  • National 3-year Diploma/BEng Tech in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current), and Water Care


Department of Water and Sanitation Bursaries are granted to learners attending the following South African universities:

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

Additional Fields of Study

Depending on the annual needs analysis by the Department of Water and Sanitation, the following fields of study may also be considered for funding:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Aquatic Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Geo-chemistry
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Geo-hydrology
  • Geology
  • Hydrology
  • Microbiology
  • Water Care
  • Water Resource Management
  • Water Utilisation

Department of Water and Sanitation Bursary Application Process

  1. Format: Use BLOCK LETTERS only.
  2. Complete Information: Ensure all particulars and required documents are provided and signed.
  3. Application Submission: Submit your application forms via email to
  4. Application Timeline: Applications open on 1 May 2024 and close on 30 September 2024. Late applications will not be considered.
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Required Documents

  • Grade 12 Certificate: Attach a copy of your Grade 12 certificate.
  • Current Academic Results: If Grade 12 is not yet completed, attach the latest results (Grade 11 and/or first semester Grade 12 results).
  • Identification: Attach a certified copy of your ID.
  • University Admission Proof: First-time/new students must attach a copy of the proof of application/provisional acceptance letter/firm offer from the university.
  • Postgraduate Proof: Hons students in the first year should attach the academic record of their undergraduate studies and proof of acceptance for the postgraduate qualification.
  • Department-of-Water-and-Sanitation-Bursary-Application-Form-2025

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Tips for a Successful Application

  1. Start Early: Begin gathering your documents and filling out the application form well before the deadline to avoid last-minute stress.
  2. Double-Check Requirements: Ensure that you have included all required documents and that your application form is fully completed and signed.
  3. Write a Strong Motivation Letter: If the application requires a motivation letter, make sure to clearly articulate why you are passionate about the field and how the bursary will help you achieve your career goals.
  4. Seek Assistance: If you’re unsure about any part of the application process, don’t hesitate to seek help from teachers, mentors, or career guidance counselors.
  5. Proofread: Check for any errors or omissions in your application. A well-presented application shows attention to detail and professionalism.

The Department of Water and Sanitation Bursary presents a valuable opportunity for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue higher education and contribute to the crucial fields of water and sanitation. By supporting these students, the department aims to cultivate a skilled workforce dedicated to improving water resource management and environmental sustainability in South Africa.

Don’t miss this chance to advance your education and career. Ensure your application is complete and submitted by the deadline on 30 September 2024.

Applicants who do not receive any written communication within three months after the closing date should consider their application unsuccessful.