EDI External Bursary/Scholarship Programme 2018 – 2019

The Western Cape government, in conjunction with its Department of Agriculture, is inviting qualified individuals to send in their application to join their bursary programme. This is in line with the Western Cape’s mission to improve the quality of life of its people by introducing better opportunities to historically underprivileged young people. One of such opportunities is its bursary programme through what is called the EDI External Bursary/Scholarship Programme.

EDI External Bursary/Scholarship Programme

The EDI (External Development Initiatives) External Bursary/Scholarship is awarded by the Western Cape Agriculture department to qualified South African students taking up a SAQA recognized qualification in the fields of Agriculture. It is also given to high school students studying maths and sciences.

Here is a complete list of study fields supported by the bursary programme:

  • Engineering
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Bio-resource Engineering
  • Extension services
  • Grassland Science
  • Horticulture and Hydrophonics
  • Soil Science
  • Biological  Nitrogen Fixation
  • Weed Biocontrol Science
  • Microbiology
  • Finance
  • Viticulture and Oenology
  • Economics (agriculture)
  • Animal Health
  • Food Science/Technology
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Animal Science
  • Plant Pathology
  • Entomology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Agricultural Technical Services
  • Statistics
  • Human Resource Management

The EDI External Bursary Programme covers the following school-related expenditures:

  • Tuition and registration expenses as required by the Higher Education Institution (HEI)
  • Books prescribed by the HEI
  • Board and meal expenses
  • School uniform fees (when required by the HEI)

Note that qualified applicants from previously disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape region will be prioritized.

Career Options

The bursary programme is designed to identify, equip and empower promising students to work in the agricultural sector. Successful bursars will be required to sign an employment contract with the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.

Requirements or Eligibility

Be sure to review the following programme requisites before considering sending an application

  • Applicants must be South African youth, preferably from the rural areas and children of farm workers
  • Currently unemployed
  • Must possess proof of admission or provisional admission from the HEI or other learning institutions where the prescribed field of study is available
  • Shortlisted applicants must agree to a personal suitability test
  • Successful candidates must be amenable with the programme’s terms and conditions

How to Apply

If you satisfy the bursary programme’s basic requirements follow these steps to get started:

  • Download the application form. Print out a copy and make sure it is completely filled out. Incomplete application forms will be rejected.
  • Make sure to attach all required documents. Applications with missing requirements will be rejected.
  • Send the completed application form along with the required documents to EDI@elsenburg.com

Download the application form y clicking on the  link below:
EDI External Bursary Application Form

Aside from the application form and CV, you need to send certified copies of the following documents:

  • Driver’s license, if available
  • ID document
  • Matric results (Grade 12)
  • School reports or academic records from previous school year
  • Higher education qualifications
  • Proof of admission/registration
  • If applicable, proof of expenses incurred for the full remainder of the school year

Only shortlisted applicants will receive feedback about their bursary application.


Also Apply: FASSET Bursary Programme


Closing and Opening Dates

Applications are currently being received. No specific deadline has been set as of  now.

Contact Information

For questions or enquiries about the EDL Bursary Programme, please get in touch with:
The Assistant Director

Telephone: 021 808 5111

Fax: 086 624 5793

To know more about details of this bursary provider, click here.

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