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Top 4 Bursaries in Agriculture

05 September 2019
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It's that time of the year where matric students preparing for their final exams, and also a great opportunity to start thinking about their future career prospects. In our previous blog, we looked at some career opportunities within agriculture. This month we take it a step further by looking at available bursaries for those looking to pursue a career in agriculture in 2020.

Below we have listed various bursaries, how to apply for them and most importantly the necessary qualification criteria and closing dates.


The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) was formed in 2009 and is responsible for managing and supporting the agricultural sector in South Africa, and ensuring that all citizen have access to safe and nutritious food.

The DAFF bursary programme is aimed at Undergraduate and Postgraduate students, who are studying within a field which is considered a “critical scarce skill” within the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sector.

Closing date: 30 September 2019

Bursaries will be awarded within the following fields of study:

  • Undergraduate studies:
  • Marine Biology (BSc)
  • Oceanography and Marine Biology (BSc)
  • Ichthyology/ Fisheries Science (BSc)
  • Forestry and Wood Science (BSc)
  • Plant Pathology (BSc)
  • Entomology (BSc)
  • Food Science (BSc)
  • Viticulture and Oenology (BSc)
  • Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural Engineering) (BSc)
  • Veterinary Science (BVSc)
  • Marine Science (National Diploma)
  • Forestry (National Diploma)
  • Food Technology (National Diploma)

Bursary Requirements and Qualification

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):

  • South African citizen
  • Completed Matric OR currently in Matric
  • Studying or intend on studying within one of the aforementioned fields of study
  • Marine Science, Forestry, Food Technology students: achieved a minimum of level 4/ 50-59% for Mathematics and Physical Science in Matric
  • Applicants must complete the relevant bursary application forms available from the website:
  • Forward application to:
    The Director
    Sector Education and Training
    Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
    Private Bag X250


Potatoes South Africa Bursary Scheme also is known as the Potato Industry Development Trust Bursary. PIDT annually invites applications from qualified applicants who wish to continue higher education studies in the field of Agriculture. Priority will be given to applications from students who have an interest in pursuing research in a potato related field.

PIDT grants all bursaries to the diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate students studying agriculture at an accredited tertiary institution in South Africa. Upon graduation, bursary holders will be required to work for any potato industry-related companies or organization within the South African countries, with the timeframe equivalent to the duration of the bursary.

An induction programme takes place every year to give bursary holders the opportunities to gain more knowledge about the potato industry. Included activities in the programme are visits to fresh produce markets, potato farm, processing plant and research facilities. Bursary holders who require practical training as part of their qualification and completion will be given a chance to develop their skills through an internship as well as work experience program.

Closing Date: 31 October 2019

Bursary Requirements and Qualification

  • Only SA Citizens will be considered.
  • Institution/university acceptance letter
  • Forward your applications to our Bursary Department via Email or Fax as follows: Email: or Fax: 086 577 9944
  • Applicants must complete the relevant bursary application forms available from the website
    Undergraduate Application Form:
    Postgraduate Application Form:


The South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) Foundation invites interested learners to apply for bursaries in the field of Food Science and Technology. The SAAFoST Foundation is offering bursaries for matriculants to participate in full-time study, awarded based on academic merit, employment equity, and demonstrated potential.

Closing date: 30 September 2019

Bursary Requirements and Qualification

  • Preference will be given to matriculants who excel academically and / or demonstrate potential.
  • Applicants must be South African citizens who have been resident in South Africa for at least 3 years prior to application.
  • In order to re-qualify for the bursary in subsequent years, the applicant must be in a position to complete his / her chosen study programme within the prescribed period of the relevant Tertiary institution or the following period:
    Undergraduate Degree (up to BSc Hons) – 4 years
    B. Tech Degree – 5 years
    Diploma – 4 years
  • Applicants must complete the relevant bursary application forms available from the website:


Sappi wants to encourage the brightest young talent to join their ever-evolving industry. That's why they've created a bursary scheme in partnership with accredited universities, so innovative young South Africans are supported throughout their studies in line with real world business needs.

Closing date: 30 September 2019

Bursary Requirements and Qualification

If you're a school leaver or university student between 18 and 25 years old, and are studying (or intending to study) full time at any South African accredited university, you could be eligible for our bursary scheme. 

You should be studying in one of the below fields:

  • Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science - Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science - Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science - Industrial Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science - Mechatronics
  • Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Science - Forestry and Wood Sciences
  • National Diploma - Pulp and Paper
  • National Diploma in Forestry.

In addition, you must also have:

  • South African citizenship
  • an average of 70-80% in Mathematics (not Maths Literacy), 70-80% in Physical Science, and 60% in English, and
  • qualifying points for entrance at the university, or acceptance confirmation.
  • Current university results will be considered for undergraduate students. Note that preference will be given to learners with an average of 75% and above in Mathematics and Physical Science.

How to apply

Online: Please click here to register and apply on the SAPPI careers portal.

Hand in: Visit your local Sappi HR Department and hand in your application there.

As mentioned in August blog, South Africa’s economic climate requires one to make a thorough decision when choosing a career path. It is essential to choose a career path that has the potential to yield a secure job for one. With agriculture continuing to grow at the rate it is, a career choice in this field is no doubt a wise choice. 

From the Agric EC team, we wish you all the best for your exams and bursary applications.