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

  1. Philile Ngwenya says:

    i want to know how possible is to get a bussary i have passed with s on my grade 12 on 2001 i have a passion of being a social worker

  2. Gugu mathenjwa says:

    I want to do Health and Social service in community and Health Psychology

  3. Amanda Manyala says:

    helo,I am a third year social work student at unisa.I am asking for financial assistance cince i’l be doing my fourth year next year 2015.i would be so grateful to hear from you


    Hello, i passed with Diploma in grade 12,so i want to know that it is possible to get an axillary social worker bursary? i would love to be a social worker.

  5. Tshifhiwa Prudence Masindi says:

    I woul like to study social work i need financial assistance i have social auxiliary worker certificate

  6. gomotsegang says:

    i want bursary to finish my study

  7. Andile Nogenge says:

    Hello i would like to study social work, i passd my matric in 2010 and i will need financial assistance…

  8. I passed ma Matric last year (2013) with B symbol & one distinction in Economics. I’d be glad if u can offer me a Bursary to persue Social work career at UCT next year.

  9. Hi I’m Portia Nurse Thanjekwayo,I have grade 12,Computer Certificate and Social Auxillary Worker Certificate and Driver’s Licence.I’m requesting for financial assistant my goal is to study further as a Social Worker, I love working in the enviroment of Social workers,I am a hard worker.And I’m looking for a job for Social Auxillary Worker around Kwandebele(Mkobola District)

  10. Nomfuneko Mbula says:

    Hi…. i would like to know about social work scholarship,I wanna apply ,i passed my matric in 2006 then i did IT….now I’m interested in social work…..I wanna study and become a social worker…thank you

  11. i am a girl,i have passed my grade 12 in 2013,i have nt study since then i have my driving’s licence.an i would like to study social work,but i dnt hv enough information about it

  12. Zipho gloria makaula says:

    Halow im zipho gloria makaula i passed grade 12 in 2007 i have a computer certificate i want to be a social worker. I need financial assistance

  13. i passed my matric on 2012 with symbol B..i have maths and sciences both passed,i applied at UJ and i was admitted for 2015..i need bursary application form..my contact::0746668161..i’be happy to get a feed back…thank you

  14. Portia Nurse Thanjekwayo says:

    Hi thanks a lot for the scholarship I’m going to apply I wish my application will meet your demand for me get a scholarship/busary to further my studies for Social work course

  15. Im a social work student doing my first year. Im in need of financial assistance.pls help

  16. Hi,can i study for a social worker if i passed my matric with a diploma in 2012?

  17. I am Atang Tsele,i pssed my matric in 2013 with 2 distinctions and i managed to get 32 points.i want to study social work next year,help me what do i do.

  18. ZANELE NGEMA says:

    Hellow sir/ madam I am a lady of 26 years of age.I am doing my ABET certificate to get an entrance to do a social work degree in2015.I am in need of financial assistance I order to pursue my career.I would appreciate a lot if I can get any assistance..Thank you in advance.

  19. Kagiso Shalom Matabane says:

    Greeting Sir/Madam. I would love to know more about social working please email me back because I wanna study social working next year

    Thank you

  20. nompelo moses says:

    Hi Sir/Madam I’m doing Social Auxiliary Work at Hugenote Kollege so I jst need assistance on fanancial plz anyone availabe

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