Department of Public Works Bursary 2023- 2024

This Government Department also aids in filling the skills shortages within South Africa, while providing opportunities to deserving candidates.  Their aim is to aid in developing talent that will help stabilize the workforce, they do this by supporting the objectives along with the strategies as is set out by the workplace skills plan.

The Department of Public Works offers internal, as well as external bursaries, thus enabling their staff and public candidates to apply.  With this endeavor, they aim to fill opening that arises within the Department, but also throughout all Departments of Government.

The Department of Public Works is committed to the growth of the country.  They acknowledge the need for skilled workers, thus, aim at creating and prioritizing to meet growing demands.  The Department of Public Works bursary program benefits in ensuring a continued growth, within the skilled labor force of South Africa.

Bursary awards will not be influenced by minor factors such as gender, race, political affiliation or religion as the application selection process is guided by the principle of equity.  Factors that will have an impact on the selection will be economical needs of candidates and academic abilities, nonetheless national origin will only be relevant where the objective is human skills development, for the Department of Finance.

Their bursary program will assist in raising quality skills, promote economic growth, employment along with aiding social development within South Africa.  Financial assistance is also offered to previously disadvantage candidates, wishing to educate themselves within the fields that are open at the Department.

The Department of Public Works bursaries will cover the following fees for candidates:

  • Registration
  • Accommodation at the University
  • Tuition
  • Prescribed Books or Learning Material
  • Meals at the University

Payments will be made to the selected University after statements are received.  Candidates will be required to sign an employment contract for the same term as that of the bursary.

Department of Public Works Bursaries Available

If you are planning to study into one of the following directions these bursaries are just what you need.  The bursaries available yearly will differ depending on the current openings within the Department.


If you are currently still in grade 12 or studying towards a degree or diploma, and would like to apply for a bursary, within the fields mentioned, or those that are in scarcity as determined by the department, you will need to meet the following requirements.  Candidates who are currently studying can only apply for the next academic year.  Candidates who have failed or are re-doing their year, will not be considered, however, candidates who re-does the failed year on their own cost, may apply after succeeding that year.

To qualify candidates must have the following:

  • Grade 12 level of education
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Must be proficient in English
  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Possess a valid South African ID
  • Designated applications from specific groups will be given preference

Selected candidates will be notified, and a training committee will arrange a meeting for successful candidates.  Candidates will be required to sign a bursary agreement form.  This needs to be done before payments will be made.  Please ensure the application is completed in full, signed by the candidate and all documentation is certified.

Department of Public Works Bursary Online Application

Bursary Online Application Forms

Please include your latest school results and certified copy of your ID.  You can apply for your bursary by downloading and completing this form.  Candidates are asked to complete the application in block letters, thus ensuring all fields can be read.

PLEASE NOTE: Any application that is not completed fully or missing documentation, will not be accepted.  Give brief answers to all questions, and mark with an X all certified documentation that is attached, as is indicated.

Department of Public Works Bursary Contact Details

Applications once complete can be send to:

  • The Director-General
  • Attention for: The Bursary Administrator
  • Private Bag X65
  • Pretoria
  • 0001

Documentation that needs to accompany your application are as follow:

  • ID document
  • Affidavit
  • Progress report
  • Admission letter
  • Motivation Letter
  • Academic records
  • Grade 12 Certificate

Please ensure that all these documents are certified copies.

Closing Date

Closing date for applications yearly is the end of October. Bursary fields of study may differ yearly, depending on the need of the Department at that time.  Due to limited openings and high amounts of applications, the Department will only be in contact with successful candidates.  Thus, if you do not hear from them within three months after closing date, please be advised that your application was unsuccessful.

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