Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Bursary 2022

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Closing Date

The last date for applying is 31 October 2021. The department will announce the beneficiaries within 14 days.

The DALRRD runs several programs for the betterment of the agricultural sector and rural areas of the country. Part of it is the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) bursary.


The bursary is awarded to both undergrad and postgrad students. For the undergrad students, here are some of the programs that are covered by the bursary:

  • Bioresource Engineering
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Entomology
  • Sc. Food Science
  • Sc. Plant Pathology
  • Viticulture and Oenology
  • Animal Science
  • Land Surveying/Geomatics
  • Town/Urban and Regional Planning
  • /BA Geo-Informatics/Geographic Information Science
  • Geomatics

For postgrad students, here are the degrees that are covered:

  • Tech
  • Tech (Hons)
  • Sc
  • Tech
  • D.

The area of study must be related to agricultural sciences and/or rural development.

The bursary will cover the following expenses:

  • Tuition cost
  • Books and study materials
  • Accommodation
  • Monthly allowance for foods and meals

The bursary offers mentorship opportunities, too, so that the students get help with employment.

Eligibility Criteria

There are some eligibility criteria laid out by the department for the bursary. If you want to apply, you must meet these criteria.

Here are the eligibility requirements for the DALDDR bursary:

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Must be currently in Matric or have completed Matric
  • Must be interested in studying in the fields of study mentioned above
  • Must intend to pursue the degree from a recognized South African tertiary institute
  • Must be at a disadvantage financially
  • Must be from a poverty-stricken, rural area
  • Must have an aim to pursue a career in agricultural, rural development, or land reform
  • Applicant cannot be a staff member of the department

Then, there are educational performance criteria as well.

  • If applying for Bioresource engineering or Veterinary Science, you must have scored between 70 to 79%, or level 6, in Mathematics and Physics in Matric
  • For Animal Science, Entomology, Food Sciences, Pasture Science, Plant Pathology, Viticulture and Oenology, the minimum requirement is 60 to 69% or Level 5 in Maths and Physics
  • For every other program, the requirement is Level 4 or 50 to 59% in Maths and Physics

How to Apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria, then move forward with your application. Here’s what you need to do:

Documents Required:

Next, you need to submit the necessary documents. For both undergrad and postgrad applicants, the documents required are:

  • ID documents
  • Matric certificate (only for undergrad students — submit latest results if the certificate is not available yet)
  • Academic records
  • Qualification records
  • Acceptance letter from the university (on tertiary letterhead)
  • ID documents of parents or guardians
  • Proof of household income (latest payslips, if employed, or unemployment form from Department of Labor, if unemployed)

All of these documents should be certified copies.

Application form and the documents can be submitted at one of the following ways:

The Director
Sector Education and Training
Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development
Private Bag X250

  • Delivery:

Agriculture Place
20 Steve Biko Street

Note: Applications must only be submitted via ONE of the following methods – not all.



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