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

  1. Nomathamsanqa cwala says:

    Hellow wil u please help me with these application forms please, u ddnt mention where are they or can l use z83

  2. I need this sholarships please sens me the forms

  3. I would appreciate if i recieve scholarship forms for social work

  4. Hi please help me out here,I’m at Mabeskraal/Rustenburg so after filling in the z83 form and my cv where do I post them?I don’t seem to find information on how and where to send my applications.

  5. senamile Maphalala says:

    I would Love to do social work please notify me

  6. Dixie Ayanda Ndovela says:

    Since Post Office is on Strike,is possible to apply online or atleast fax my application form for Social Work Scholarship because due date is around the corner?

  7. Are they offering bursaries on the scholarship

  8. I love to do social work currently working as a nurse in private hospital can I do it part time course and where? Please help me

  9. also want to know where should I summit this application forms please help us…

  10. I really want this scholarship and I want to change people’s lives

  11. Dear Sir/Madam

    This is to request more information about your Social Work Scholarship. I am extremely interested in this course and I am anxious to apply for it in your renowned university for admission in 2015.

    I am currently doing my matric in Queenstown at Maria Louw High School.

    I would greatly appreciate some information about the social work requirements and I would also like to know I to apply online.

    Thank you in advance for your attention to my request. I look further to receiving your response.

    Yours sincerely
    Claire Fred

  12. Louisa Ntoshi says:

    I would like to recieve these forms,I am in Eastern Cape where can I get them.

  13. Can i apply for the scholarship online? please help.

  14. I really wanna b part of the social workers family,should I still apply?

  15. greeetings,may I please be forwarded the forms to apply

  16. Banyana Molaoloa says:

    I’m interested being your student nxt year so pls Email the application on this Email address http://www.vrnsteel.co.za or main@vrn.co.za.Basary and scholaship.

  17. senzo lucky mkhatywa says:

    Hi I’m kindly asking for the forms to apply I really need to do the social works because I want to help south africans…..I’m senzo from mpumalanga driekoppies

  18. Due for scholarship was the on d 31st October 2014. I think you can try next year or try NSFAS cs I herd tht It gona close on the 30th this month …I wish u lucky!

  19. I want to apply for this post

  20. Thandiswa Gqozo says:

    I need this schoolarship,i live eastern cape at Maclear

  21. sithembile f nkosi says:

    Please give me more information on how to apply for this program I have passion for assisting senior citizens and children

  22. johanna raesetja ramoraswi says:

    Dear/Madam I would like to know how and when will i be notified that my application for social work scholarship was successful or not?since i’ve applied in october no respond….i really need to knw whether i got the scholarship or not..Thanks

  23. Manamela Malope says:

    I really wanted to do Social worker. To end the crisis of the country and my people. Its very hard for us all to see our country facing this crisis. Social worker are always offer hope

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