Kirstenbosch Scholarship 2024

About Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is situated at the base of Table Mountain in Cape Town. This garden is part of a group of ten National Botanical Gardens that cover five of South Africa’s six distinct biomes. These gardens are managed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute, previously known as the National Botanical Institute.

Kirstenbosch Gardens play a significant role in the preservation of indigenous plants and include a sizable conservatory called The National Botanical Society Conservatory. This conservatory houses plants from various regions, including the savanna, karoo, fynbos, and more. Outdoors, the emphasis is on plants native to the Cape, with a remarkable collection of proteas. The garden is recognized as a level four accredited Arboreta by the Morton Arboretum and the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program.

Kirstenbosch Scholarship

Kirstenbosch Scholarship 2024

SANBI is extending an invitation to students to apply for the Kirstenbosch Scholarship Programme for the academic years 2024 – 2025.

This scholarship, established in 1966 by Ms. Yvonne Eustasie, aims to support eligible individuals in pursuing their academic aspirations while simultaneously contributing to the preservation of the country’s native flora.

The scholarship is designated for those pursuing an Advanced Diploma in Horticulture, with a focus on projects aligned with SANBI’s mission and priorities.

(If you wish to propose alternative projects, please contact Rene du Toit before submitting your application:


The scholarship will provide coverage of R80,000 per annum and will cover the following expenses: 

  • Living costs
  • Accommodation at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (subject to a minimal fee)
  • Tuition fees (to be paid separately)

Please note that the scholarship will not include transportation costs at the beginning and end of the scholarship period.

The selected candidate will enter into a binding agreement with the South African Biodiversity Institute and will be based at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town for the scholarship’s duration.

Applicants who are successfully chosen will be notified by the latest on November 30, 2023. If you do not receive a response within 30 days of the application deadline, please consider your application as unsuccessful. SANBI reserves the right to withhold the award.

Eligibility Criteria 

Applicants must meet the following minimum entry criteria prior to applying. Failing to meet all these requirements will result in your application not being considered.

  • The applicant must be a South African citizen.
  • You should have successfully achieved a Diploma in Horticulture (NQF level 6).
  • You should be planning to pursue an Advanced Diploma in Horticulture in 2024.
  • You should possess a genuine passion for botany and research, particularly related to indigenous flora.
  • You should have received acceptance or provisional acceptance to a university for the year 2024.

How to Apply?

Download and fill up the Kirstenbosch Scholarship Application Form 2024

Applications for the Kirstenbosch Scholarship should be sent through email to the Secretary of The Institute of Environment and Recreation Management at 

Please ensure that you include “Kirstenbosch Scholarship 2024 – 2025” in your email subject line.

Documents Required

Please ensure you provide legible copies of the specified supporting documentation alongside your fully filled form. The submission of these materials is mandatory, and the absence of any required items could result in disqualification.

  • Certified copy of your ID document 
  • Certified copy of your highest completed qualification
  • Certified copy of your full academic record/transcript
  • A scholarship application letter explaining why you are deserving of the award
  • Academic reference letters (two)
  • Provisional acceptance proof
  • A one-page project outline

Closing Date 

The application deadline is 10 November 2023.

Contact Details 

For any inquiries related to this scholarship programme, please reach out to SANBI directly:

Cape Town Office
Tel: 021 762 3229/ 021 799 8800
Contact portal: 

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