The National Department of Social Development is offering scholarships to the needy and deserving students of South Africa.  Applications are invited from students who are pursuing or interested in enrolling for a Social Work qualification.


The applicant must:

Be a South African Citizen

  • New applicants must comply with the entry requirements set by the University and provide proof of admission by the University or a proof of payment for admission.
  • Fully and correctly complete the scholarship application form which is obtainable from the Social Work faculty at the University or from the Provincial Departments of Social Development (See contact details below).
  • Attach the following documentation such as a CV, certified copies of grade 12 results, Academic Record, your Identity Document, your parents or legal guardian identity document and their proof of income.
  • Be prepared to enter into an agreement for counter service with the Department of Social Development.



The Applicant must:

  • Be a South African Citizen
  • Comply with the entry requirements set by the University
  • Fully and correctly complete the Scholarship Application form
  • Be prepared to enter into an agreement with the Department (More details will be contained in the agreement)
  • Must complete the qualification within the minimum period as prescribed by the University

What Documentation must I attach to my application?

New applicants
  • Certified copy of Grade 12 results
  • Certified copy of Identity Document of applicant
  • Certified copy of ID and Proof of income of Parent/ Guardian
  • Current first year students/Prospective students in Social Work who need to undergo a selection process as prescribed by the University must provide proof that they have been selected to continue with their studies. (proof of admission by the University/proof of payment for admission)
  • Certified copy of Identity Document of applicant
  • Certified copy of Academic record on the official letterhead of the University

Any South African citizen, who at the time of application, is in Grade 12 or has successfully passed Grade 12 examination with tertiary entrance requirements.  Any South African citizen who is pursuing a Social Work qualification at an accredited South African tertiary institution.  Selection shall be based primarily on academic performance and financial viability.

Your application form should be accompanied by the tertiary institution’s admission letter, ID copy, Grade 12 certificate copy, academic results and parents/guardian’s proof of income and ID copies and your contact numbers.  No application will be considered without any of the mentioned documents.


The Department will contribute towards the following costs:

  • Registration fee, tuition fee, examination fee, prescribed books, stipend for practical work, residence and meal fee.  Students should apply for University accommodation as only university accommodation will be paid for on the scholarship.
  • Successful candidates shall enter into a contractual agreement with the Department and they must make satisfactory progress and complete their studies within the minimum period as prescribed by the tertiary institution.

Submissions/Application Forms and Closing Dates

The application form can be accessed at any tertiary institution which is offering a Social Work qualification, Provincial Social Development Offices listed below and on this website as from 01 October 2009.

The application forms should be posted or hand delivered to the relevant Provincial Departments listed below.

National Enquiries Contact:

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538 thoughts on “BURSARIES & SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SOCIAL WORK in South Africa

  1. Good day. I will like to apply for the social work course but I need to know how to go about applying for a scholarship and where to get form and where do I submit
    them .please advise me I’m in the eastern cape. I would like to know can I register through unisa or it has to be a university . Thanks amanda

  2. I really need 2 do this social work course and I passed my 2 modules which are enn103f and eng1511 and I need to apply bursary where can I get full information

  3. i would realy love to be a social worker as i love helping people’s lives and changing their lives.

  4. I rilly wud b glad if i gt ths scholarship or bursary..it wud hlp alot.

  5. Keneilwe Tshotlhang says:

    If i were to get the schoolarship,it would really be the turning point of my life,environment,family and the world.

  6. Hy i would b very glad if anyone can help me ireally want to study social work bt i dnt knw wht to do , and whn 2 apply and whre to gt financial help

  7. I wud love to be a social worker one day an help the people in my community,thnx to the government for giving us this opportunity.

  8. Hi i need help with funding my studies so when can i apply

  9. Hy I would like to study social work next semester I just want to know if will this bursary be available and when can I apply please help me

  10. Moipone fridah says:

    I am a 35yrs old lady who like 2 study social worker course with Grade 12 with exemption also with Maths n Science,who is working as a cashier currently do i qualify?

  11. Patrick Ratladi says:

    I need to study human resources, how can i get help through sassa bussaries?

  12. Evening,I would like to do social work but I can’t really afford to go to University to do it,I would appreciate if I could be offered a bursary since I have matric!

  13. Hi! I’m Dimpho Pascaline Mosesane living in North West (Vryburg), i want to do Social Worker Course but the thing is i don’t know where i could get a form to apply. And i will like to know where i should submit my form, and is this scholarship going to pay for my accomodation,books,registration and etc

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