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

  1. luyanda worthington says:

    i would like 2 know if you applied for the social work bursary how and when do you know that your application was successful

  2. can I get scholarship for 2014? im wiling to study for socialworkng

  3. Hello there,I just wanna know that if you approved or not,how will I know

  4. Can I get a Bursary for 2014 I am intrested to study sound engineering at any registered institude…

  5. am looking for a bursary.i was doing matric last year in 2013.i passed with diploma. i applied at UJ.they hv accepted my application for HUMANITIES. thank you

  6. bulelwa mdladlamba says:

    Hi I just need to be sure ,unisa accepted me to study social worker but on alternatively pathway,so do I qualify for a social worker bursary?


  7. I’m Ntombina can i get a basary & at the same time admmited at Unisa to do a social worker studies in this yr

  8. Hello i would like to know how do i know that my application has been approved

  9. Ntokozo Dlamini says:

    I would like to study @Unisa..I lived in Durban,,I would like to do Social woker course so I need to kno when is the next registrations n what requirements for this course as well as haw much university fees for this course (NOTE) m not a Unisa student m an outsider… I’m willing to start ASAP..

  10. I would like to study social work 2014 and I would like to know when is the closing date

  11. How and when to apply for social work scholarship 2014?

  12. Mzikayise Mbuso Dlamini says:

    I’m Mzikayise Mbuso Dlamini. I live at Endinde in Mahlabathini circuit under a family of 9 members. I hereby request a financial aid for my studies. I am under the faculty of Art,under the department of Social Work. I love being honest and patient when it comes to solving human issues,actually I like improving the lives of community/society or individuals.

  13. matlwane madulate kgohloane says:

    I’m 25 yrs of age and matriculated in 2005 with exemption. I would love to study social worker course 2015. When must I check the application forms and when do they start applying for university enrollment. Thanks my number 072 3454 187

  14. I’m from disadvantage community [Ulundi] I’m doing my final year at University of Zululand. I’m doing BA Dual major [Tourism & Psychology] I would like you to offer me with your bursary or loan to complete my degree

  15. silindile malangeni says:

    I am now doing 3rd year , I am at eastern cape studying at nmmu, I have been applying for this busury as from ma first year but I never get it though I am really in need of it. This they called me telling me that they didn’t take one for the bursary but there are student who have been taken for the bursary. It really hurts me.

  16. helo ! I am a 3rd year social work studend in Durban.I am in financial needy,so i’m looking for scholarship since its going to be my 4year next year 0787846428

  17. please let me know where it is time for applications . I would really love to pursue my career in social working.

  18. Nolubabalo Tembani says:

    Hai I would to enrol at Unisa for my Social work degree and I am in need of finacial aid. Where can I get application forms and what are your requirements

  19. im thandiswa matiwane from king williams town i finished my matric in 2010 bt from then i didnt have money to study futher.i would real love to get a bursary to study social work.i passed matric with symbol B with maths and physical science as my main subjects

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