The Department of Water and Sanitation has announced science and engineering bursaries for the 2022 academic year.
In a statement on Tuesday (8 June), it called on grade 12 learners or those who have been accepted at mainstream South African institutions of higher learning for water-related qualifications to apply.
Bursaries ‘are comprehensive’
“Bursary applications for students with an interest in science and engineering disciplines are currently open,” the Department’s spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said.
“We urge grade 12 learners particularly to apply, as we are in dire need of young and innovative minds to join the sector. Our bursaries are comprehensive. They cover full tuition fees, accommodation and food as per university guidance, books and stationery allowance, and a monthly stipend.”
In awarding the bursaries, the Department will consider academic performance, financial need and the relevant skills set for the water and sanitation sector.
It will also offer employment contracts to successful applicants so that they can gain relevant workplace exposure and additional training.
The Department said it will consider applications for first and second years of study only. Learners intending to study – or those already enrolled – for the following qualifications are eligible:
- BSc/BEng in Civil; Mechanical and Electrical.
- BSc (Hons) in Civil; Mechanical and Electrical.
- BSc in Hydrology; Geohydrology; Environmental Management; Project Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental and Water Sciences.
- BSc (Hons) in Hydrology; Geohydrology; Environmental Management; Project Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental and Water Sciences.
- National Diploma/BEng Tech in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering; Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current); National Diploma in Water Care and Environmental Management and Biochemistry.
How to apply
Applicants are required to fill an online form available here and send it via email to email@example.com. Applications opened on 1 June 2021 and will close on 31 October 2021.
The form requires applicants to attach relevant documents such as grade 12 certificate (or latest results such as grade 11 and/or grade 12 first semester results), official academic record for current university students and copy of ID. Documents showing income status of parents/guardians will also be required.
First-time university students are required to attach a copy of proof of application or provisional acceptance letter or firm offer from their university.
The Department urged applicants to visit its website and social media pages for more information.
“Our bursaries mainly target previously disadvantaged and impoverished persons from poverty-stricken and rural communities. We are also encouraging students with disabilities to make use of this opportunity and send through their applications,” Ratau concluded.