Doug Banks Renewable Energy Vision (DBREV) Scholarship 2022


DBREV stands for Doug Banks Renewable Energy Vision and is a fund formed to help advance the renewable energy sector in South Africa. Named after Dr. Doug Banks, the independent fund is financed by its sponsors, which include corporates and individual donors.

Dr. Banks was passionate about uplifting the lives of people from backward communities who lacked basic amenities. The vision fund also aims to achieve the same.

The money from the trust primarily goes towards facilitating access to education for backward communities. It awards scholarships to students interested in the field of renewable energy and energy access.

Doug Banks Renewable Energy Vision (DBREV) Scholarship 2022

The Doug Banks Renewable Energy Vision Scholarship or DBREV Scholarship is intended for postgraduate students who are in pursuit of a Masters degree. The degree should be in Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

The DVREV Scholarship is possible due to the donations from SANEDI RECORD (Renewable Energy Center of Research & Development).

Doug Banks Renewable Energy Vision (DBREV) Scholarship

The scholarship will cover the cost of education for two years. Students will also receive mentorship from industry leaders to build a career in the South African renewable energy sector.

It’s a renewable scholarship. So students will have to re-apply for it the following year. And the funding is subject to satisfactory academic performance in the current year.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

To be selected for the scholarship, you must fulfill the eligibility criteria. These are the first requirement for this scholarship and is a must for every applicant. Since DBREV receives many applications and the number of scholarships is limited, it discards those that do not fulfill the criteria. Therefore, cross-check with the requirements before applying for it.

The eligibility requirements for DBREV 2022 are:

  • Must be a South African citizen or a legal permanent resident
  • Must be studying or intend to study towards a Masters degree
  • The degree must be in Renewable and Sustainable Energy studies
  • Must be from one of the following academic backgrounds:
    • Economics
    • Engineering
    • Environment and Geographical Science
    • Development Studies
    • Finance
    • Science
  • Must be studying or intend to study at a recognised South African institute

Besides the above requirements, applicants must have a passion for improving the lives of South African people and addressing the energy poverty and energy access in the country. Also, they must be concerned about climate change and be committed to achieving the set Sustainable Development goals.

Fulfilling the criteria, however, doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be awarded. Selection is at the sole discretion of the committee. The list of candidates published by them will be considered final.

How to Apply for DBREV Scholarship 2022?

Students fulfilling all the eligibility criteria should move forward with the application process. But it’s important to be diligent throughout the process and not rush things.

The first thing to do is complete the DBREV Scholarship Form 2022. The form has nine sections. It asks a certain question about yourself, academic qualification, and motivation for applying for the scholarship. All the fields marked with a red asterisk are compulsory.

Documents Required

The next step is to prepare and submit the necessary documents, which are:

  • ID documents
  • High school results records
  • List of all the awards received in High School and during tertiary education
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate results (most recent or final results)
  • A 400-words letter describing your motivation in renewable energy (you should explain why you’re interested in renewable energy in the rural African context)
  • A 300-words motivation letter explain what you want to achieve in the renewable energy field with focus on your interest and strengths
  • A 200-words explanation on why you’re the best candidate for this scholarship that’d strengthen your scholarship application
  • A 200-words explanation of what you want to focus on during your postgraduate studies
  • A 200-words description of your proposed research project
  • Proof of registration at a recognized South African university
  • Updated CV
  • Two or three reference letters from people who’re aware of your personal and academic aspect

Scan and upload all of the documents and send them along with your application.

Closing Date

The last date to apply for the DBREV Scholarship 2022 is 4 October 2021.

Contact Details

For more information, get in touch with the scholarship provider at:

  • Telephone – 082 928 2682 / 072 738 3268
  • Email –
  • Website form –

Please do NOT contact DBREV if this bursary has already closed. View our other bursaries open for application here:

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