Department of Social Development Bursary Program 2016-2017

This Department aims to improve the health and lives of the people of South Africa. They provide assistance where needed most and are always seeking gifted individuals who have a passion for helping others. They provide study opportunities for such candidates to become educated within their field of interest.

What Does the Bursary Program Offer?

Applicants for the Department of Social Development Bursary program can look at a variety of fields to complete their studies in. Field of study cannot be changed once you have submitted your application so, be sure before you apply. Most fields that fall within the scare occupation fields are made available.

Candidates can look at the following fields as a guideline:

  • School Social Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Demography
  • Mental Health
  • Family Social Care
  • Child Social Care
  • Public Health Care
  • Population Studies

Costs Covered by Bursary

Most bursaries provided by this Department will cover basic costs for successful applicants. There are however, some limitations where board and lodging, books and study material is concerned. All books, study requirements and more must be specified and approved before buying.

Candidates can expect the Department to cover the following costs:

  • Registration Fees
  • Tuition Fees
  • Official Accommodation
  • Prescribed Books or study material


Interested applicants must adhere to all set regulations as named by the Department before applying. Applicants who do not meet all requirements will not be considered. Also, ensure that the application form is completed in full and signed by the applicant. Additionally, it is recommended that all documentation submitted be certified copies and not the originals.

These stipulations are only the basics that is required by the Department. Depending on the field of study, the Department may have additional requirements.

Before applying ensure you have the following:

  • Valid ID documentation
  • Valid Grade 12 or Matric certificate
  • Valid ID copy of parents or guardians ID documentation
  • Proof of parents or guardians income
  • Proof of acceptance from the Institute of Higher Learning applying to

Applicants will be asked to sign a work back agreement, and must complete their studies within the period set by the Institute of Higher Learning.

How to Apply for This Bursary

Applicants interested in applying for a bursary with this Department can download the information brochure and application form on the Department of Social Development Website. Applicants must please first download the information guide and study it carefully before completing the application and submitting it.

For additional information applicants can contact the following people:

Ms. Tumisang Motsepe –

Ms. Vuyelwa Mngadi –

Ms. Kefiloe Bosman –

Please remember that each successful candidate will be required to sign a contract of obligation that will come into effect once you have completed your studies. Applicants who have been selected to receive a bursary from this Department will be contacted. Therefore, if you do not hear from them please take it as a sign that your application was unproductive. 

Timeframe That Bursary is Open

Applications are accepted from the 1st of September yearly and closes on the last day of October. Applicants are reminded to please not submit their applications to the National Office. All applications must be delivered to the Provincial Offices.

Candidates are also urged to apply for other funding from institutes such as the NSFAS, or the Department of Higher Education as there is only a limited amount of bursaries made available by this department yearly. Applicants must have a passion for this field, as you will most likely be working in rural areas and with people who have disabilities. Social work is known to be more of a calling than a job.

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