National Disaster Management Centre External Bursary

About the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC)

The National Disaster Management Center is responsible for the mitigation and management of local and national disasters. It accomplishes this task through establishing effective preventative measures and response systems. The division works in conjunction with the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCOG). Its primary objective is to promote coordination between different parties during disaster management.

Part of the responsibilities of the NDMC is to encourage the training and education of disaster management across the country. One of the ways the center has achieved this is through the provision of bursary funds for students specializing in this sector. This financial aid has greatly increased disaster management capacity building since its introduction.

The National Disaster Management Centre External Bursary

The National Disaster Management Center offers a bursary fund to eligible students living and studying in South Africa. This bursary covers applicants studying National Disaster Management or a related field in the industry. Funds from the program will cover registration and tuition, as well as book and research allowances where applicable. Books allowances are capped at R5, 500, while research allowances are capped at R11, 000.

Applicants will be expected to sign a bursary contract with the NDMC before receiving financial aid. Successful candidates will be contacted on or before January 31st, 2021. Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted. This bursary is also not available to students taking PhD courses.

NDMC Bursary Application and Requirements

Applicants for the NDMC bursary must meet a minimum set of requirements to be considered for financial aid. Failure to meet these criteria will lead to the automatic disqualification of one’s application. Each candidate should:

  • Be a South African citizen
  • Have applied and been accepted to study Disaster Management (or a related course in this field) in a South African public institution
  • Show proof of an income lower than R350, 000 per annum
  • Have applied for an undergraduate or postgraduate course in this field (PhD courses are not included in the bursary)

Students studying Disaster (Risk) Management will be given first priority for this financial aid.

NDMC Bursary Application Process

Candidates who wish to apply for this bursary can download the application form below:

National Disaster Management Centre External Bursary Application Form (*pdf)

Applications should be submitted on or before the deadline, together with the following documents:

  • A motivation letter stating why you deserve the bursary
  • A brief Curriculum Vitae
  • A copy of your recent academic results, showing a passing grade of 50% or above in all major subjects
  • A copy of an admission or acceptance letter from the public university of your choice (or proof of application)
  • A certified copy of your South African ID
  • Documents showing proof of residence
  • Documents showing proof of income
  • A document disclosing other sources of financial support where applicable

Upon filling out the application, it should be printed and posted with the accompanying documents to the address given by the NDMC bursary fund below:

The Director
Disaster Management, Education, Training, Awareness and Research
Private Bag X804, Pretoria 0001

Or, hand deliver to

1303 Heuwel Avenue,
Riverside Park, Letaba House, Second Floor,
Centurion, 0046.

Applications sent by e-mail or after the deadline will be immediately disqualified from the process.

Closing Date

30th December 2020

Contact Details

For further queries regarding this bursary program, please contact The National Disaster Management Center directly to:

Mr Mokhurumelo Kgwetiane
Tel.: (012) 848 4615
Mobile: 060 983 6914


Mr Lesego Shoroma
Tel.: (012) 848 4801
Mobile: 082 644 1200

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