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

  1. Hi I’m unemployed and completed grade 12 in 2011,last year it was my first year at unisa studying social worker, so because my parents are not working they can’t pay my fees anymore. So I told about DSD busaries.please help me I want to continue studying. Please update me wat to do.Thanks

  2. Hi,I’m unemployed and completed Gr.12 in 2006. I’m very interested in studying social work & would like to know how to go about applying for a scholarship & how to qualify for it.

  3. zanele mkhanza says:

    i am a grade 12 learner and would love to further my studies in social work but lack financially this is why am pleading with the department to help me financially so i can persue my dream of becomimng a social worker

  4. l’m interested in studing social work but don’t have the money currently working but they are not paying much l still can’t afford it

  5. sbongile radebe says:

    im a young lady who need to do Social work as my carrer i want to help my community who are in need.thanks.

  6. i was very much excited when i received a call from the scholarship department saying that i have been awarded a scholarship. I even signed an agreement contract bt nw i am sad because since i signed that contract, im just waiting to see if my fees r gonna be paid. No sms nothng, im in the dark not knowing what will happen from here.

  7. Busisiwe Mokoena says:

    i am interested to study social work but i am unemployed,i need you to help me.i need to help my community

  8. Dear sir/madam

    I am a student at unisa,i started this simester doing B.Social work and i was turn down by nsfas and then a friend of mine refered me to check the dsd schorlaship,as i did.my parent is unemployed she can not afford to pay the institution fees and that is so affecting me a lot,please dsd help me,i really need this scholarship.

    Thank you!
    Your’s sincerly
    Miss N Mtembu

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