About the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD)
The Department is a result of a merger between two previously independent government departments. Those were the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (DAFF) and the Department Rural Development and Land Reform.
The former was responsible for South African agricultural sector development, while the latter (which still exists) has a bigger scope. It now includes the rural parts as well in its development plans.
The current vision of DALRRD is to ensure equal access to land, food, and sustainable agriculture for all citizens of South Africa. It also works for an integrated rural development approach.
About the DALRRD Bursary 2024
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:
- Animal Science (B.Sc.)
- Bioresource Engineering (Agricultural Engineering) (B.Sc.)
- Bachelor of Veterinary Science
- Entomology (B.Sc.)
- Food Science (B.Sc.)
- Pasture Science (B.Sc.)
- Plant Pathology (B.Sc.)
- Viticulture and Oenology (B.Sc.)
- Food Technology (National Diploma)
- Land Surveying/Geomatics (B.Sc.)
- Town/Urban and Regional Planning (B.Sc.)
- Geo-Informatics/Geographic Information Science (B.Sc./BA)
- Geomatics/Land Surveying/GIS (National Diploma/B Degree)
- Town/Urban and Regional Planning (National Diploma/B Degree)
For postgrad students, here are the degrees that are covered:
- Adv Dip/B.Tech
- B.Sc. Hons
- D.Tech. and
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
- Monthly allowance for food and meals
The bursary offers mentorship opportunities, too, so that the students get help with employment.
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 DALRRD 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:
- Download the DALRRD Undergraduate Bursary Application Form (.pdf)
- Complete the form and submit it to the address below
- Download the DALRRD Postgraduate Bursary Application Form (.pdf)
- Complete the form and submit it to the address below.
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 the 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.
The application form and the documents can be submitted in one of the following ways:
- If sending by email: Externalbursaries@dalrrd.gov.za
- If sending by Post:
Sector Education and Training
Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development
Private Bag X250
20 Steve Biko Street
Note: Applications must only be submitted via ONE of the following methods – not all.
The last date for applying is 31 October 2023. The department will announce the beneficiaries within 14 days.
You can get in touch with the following persons with your queries:
- Tshianeo Khangala – 012 319 7015
- Vusimuzi Mngomezulu – 012 319 7923
For programs in cartography, geo-informatics, geomatics, geographic information science, land surveying, urban and regional planning, here are the contact details:
- Cindi Mtshali – 071 856 0600
- Nozipho Mitshali – 082 775 0590
- Emmanuel Molefe – 082 827 6245
Please do not send any questions after the closing date. View our other bursaries/scholarships open for application here: https://allbursaries.co.za/notice/