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DWS bursary applications for STEM qualifications close on Monday

  • Bursary applications for the Department of Water and Sanitation close at the end of October.
  • Bursaries are for students that wish to study one of multiple STEM-related qualifications.
  • Those who are awarded bursaries will be required to work for the Water Learning Academy for a maximum of three years after qualifying.

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has alerted prospective students that applications for bursaries close on 31st October.

The bursaries are awarded to students who, among other criteria, are studying courses in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The exact qualifications that DWS funds vary every year based on an “annual needs analysis” conducted by the department.

This year bursaries are available for the following qualifications:

  • BSc/BEng in Civil Engineering,
  • BSc/BEng in Mechanical Engineering,
  • BSc/BEng in Electrical Engineering,
  • BSc/BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering,
  • BSc/BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering,
  • BSc/BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering,
  • BSc in Hydrology,
  • BSc in Geohydrology,
  • BSc in Environmental Management,
  • BSc in Environmental Sciences,
  • BSc in Environmental and Water Sciences,
  • BSc (Hons) in Hydrology,
  • BSc (Hons) in Geohydrology,
  • BSc (Hons) in Environmental Management,
  • BSc (Hons) in Project Management,
  • BSc (Hons) in Environmental Sciences,
  • BSc (Hons) in Environmental and Water Sciences,
  • National Diploma/BEng Tech in Civil Engineering,
  • National Diploma/BEng Tech in Mechanical Engineering,
  • National Diploma/BEng Tech in Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current),
  • National Diploma in Water Care,
  • National Diploma in Environmental Management,
  • National Diploma in Biochemistry,
  • MSc Hydrology,
  • MSc Geohydrology,
  • MSc Environmental & Water Science,
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering,
  • MEng Civil Engineering,
  • MEng Electrical Engineering.

The bursaries covers registration and tuition costs, residence and meal fees, book allowance and also provides an annual personal allowance.

“DWS will require bursars who obtain their qualifications to join Water Learning Academy on a fixed term contract for a period of maximum of three (3) years,” reads the DWS website.

The department considers academic performance, race and gender, financial need and its own needs when awarding bursaries.

Applicants will also needs to be studying or intend to study at one of the following local 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.

We highly recommend those interested in this bursary programme read through this Q&A section. While the application date states May to August, the DWS itself said this morning the closing date for applications was 31st October.

The application form for the DWS Bursary programme can be found here.

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