National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) Bursary 2024

About NDMC

The National Disaster Management Center or NDMC is responsible for handling the natural disasters taking place in South Africa. It is a government body that comes under the Department of Cooperative Governance (DoCG).

NDMC’s primary aim is to plan and execute an integrated and coordinated system to disasters and mitigate the loss of lives and properties. The government body is largely responsible for administering the Fire Brigade Services Act (FBSA).

National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) Bursary 2024

NDMC is offering bursaries to a certain number of students every year. That is to encourage more students to build their careers in Disaster Risk Management, Disaster Risk Studies or Fire Services Technology (excluding Certificate courses and PhD qualifications). Known as the National Disaster Management Centre bursary, it is offered to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

For the upcoming academic session, too, the students have to be pursuing a qualification related to disaster management.

National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) Bursary

The bursary value is decided on a case-by-case basis. It can up to a maximum funding of R 500 and a research allowance of up to R 11,000 for Masters students.

It will cover the following cost:

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees

NDMC will also provide a learning resources allowance to all the bursars. To be selected, the applicants would have to sign a contract with DCoG through the NDMC.

Eligibility Criteria

Anyone applying for the funding must fulfill all the criteria a specified by NDMC. Failing to do so will result in the cancellation of your application.

The eligibility requirements for NDMC bursary are:

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Must have completed Matric
  • Must be either studying, or have applied, or have been accepted for a disaster management qualification or a field associated with disaster management
  • Must be pursuing either a postgraduate or undergraduate degree (certifications and PhD qualifications are not considered)
  • Must be studying or looking forward to studying at a public institution of Higher Education Learning in South Africa that’s recognised by NDMC
  • Must have scored at least 60% in each subject in Matric
  • Must have scored at least 60% in all major subjects in your first year
  • The household income should not exceed R 350,000 per year

Fulfilling all the criteria, however, does not guarantee funding. Preference will be given to students who are involved in disaster management qualification over those pursuing a related degree. The list of bursars published by the NDMC will be considered final.

How to Apply?

If you meet all the eligibility criteria, move forward with the application process. You can apply either in the online or offline mode as per your convenience. Both the processes are simple and shouldn’t take more than an hour to complete. But don’t rush through it and make mistakes. Incorrect or incomplete forms are rejected without further consideration. Follow the instructions mentioned below to apply for NDMC bursary.

  • Applying Online

If you’re applying online, then first visit the NDMC bursary application page. Here, you’d have to create an account. Start off by reviewing the information provided on the landing page and clicking on Apply. Then click on Register to create an account. If you already have an account, login instead. Then read the instructions and complete your profile. You must answer all the questions that are applicable and are marked.

Then, you have to prepare, scan, and upload the following documents:

  • ID documents (certified copies only)
  • Matric certificate (certified copies only)
  • Most recent academic results, if currently studying (on institution letterhead)
  • Proof of acceptance or registration, if not presently studying
  • Latest academic results, if pursuing a postgrad degree
  • Proof of household income (payslips if employed; affidavit if unemployed; proof of pension, if applicable)
  • Disclosure of other sources of income

Review and submit your application and the documents.

Closing Date

The last date to apply for the NDMC bursary is 5 December 2023.

Contact Details

For more details regarding the bursary, you can contact the following persons:

For technical enquiries contact:

  • Contact person: Ms Tshifhiwa Shelter Muntswu (Tel: 012 848 4623 / Cell: 060 981 9700 / Email:
  • Contact person: Ms Koketso Muriel Mpshane (Tel: 012 848 4654 / Email:
  • Contact person: Mr Mokhurumelo Harold Kgwetiane (Tel: 012 848 4615 / Cell: 060 983 6914 / Email:

For system-related queries, contact:

  • Contact person: Mr Alpheus Mashigo (Tel: 012 848 4631 / Cell: 082 942 9517)

If the bursary has already been closed, you are requested not to contact The National Disaster Management Center. View our other bursaries open for application here:

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