Department of Correctional Services Bursaries 2021-2022 | How to Apply

Department of Correctional Services Bursary 2021/2022 | How to apply for the Department of Correctional Services bursaries program online, requirements, application form, and application closing date 2021-2022.

Want to apply for Bursaries in South Africa 2021? The Department of Correctional Services invites an application from suitably and qualifies students for their bursary program 2021-2022.


bursary is a monetary award made by any educational institution or funding authority to individuals or groups.

It is usually awarded to enable a student to attend school, university, or college when they might not be able to, otherwise. Some awards are aimed at encouraging specific groups or individuals into the study.


Department of Correctional Services Bursary Progam 2021-2022

The department of correctional services sets available different bursaries each year for unemployed South African citizens.  With this, they aim to decrease the number of unemployed citizens as well as cater for their future needs when it comes to personnel.  With this retention and employment strategy, they hope to attract capable candidates with high values that are eager to learn.  They offer stability and opportunity for growth within their departments to all successful employees.

If you see yourself as a go-getter and someone who can be responsible as well as live up to your expectations then the Department of Correctional services might just be looking for you.  They have a wide range of bursaries available each year into many fields of study for candidates wanting to improve their conditions.

The Department of Correctional Services bursaries include the following for successful candidates:

  • R12000 per year for the following
  • Registration
  • Tuition
  • Residence
  • Meals
  • R700 will also be awarded for Book fees
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Upon acceptance of a bursary, the candidate must also be ready to enter into a service agreement and prepared to do counter-service where ever the department has a need for your skills.


Department of Correctional Services Bursaries Available

The bursaries each year differ somewhat as to the need that arises within the Department of Correctional services but we have compiled a list of the most frequent bursaries they had available for you to consider.  For more information, it is recommended that you visit their web page here for currently available bursaries.

The fields available are as follow:

  • Artisans National Diploma – Plumbing
  • Welding
  • Brick lying
  • Painting
  • Electrical
  • Nursing National Diploma – Primary Health Care (See our Nursing Bursaries)
  • Degree – Pharmacy
  • Master’s Degree                  – Clinical/Counseling Psychology
  • BA / Honors                        – Psychology
  • MBCHB         – Medicine
  • National Diploma – Agricultural
  • National Diploma / Degree – Social Work
  • EAP
  • National Diploma / Degree – Food Service Management
  • National Diploma – Information & Technology (IT)
  • Degree / National Diploma – Financial & Management Accounting
  • Degree / National Diploma – Internal Auditing

Department of Correctional Services Bursaries Requirements

Candidates must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a bursary:

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must have a valid ID Document
  • You must be acknowledged to study at a recognized tertiary institution in South Africa.
  • If the sponsorship letter of the Department of Correctional Services is not accepted by the institute you must be willing to pay the registration fee, which will be paid back to you during your study year if successful.
  • The successful candidate must be willing to become an employee of the Department of Correctional services upon completion of their studies.
  • One year employment contract per year of study.
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If you are currently a full-time undergraduate or post-graduate student you can also apply for a bursary.

Candidates are required to complete the application form fully.  Your application form must be accompanied by the following certified copies of these documents as many as you have available:

  • ID Book
  • Matric Results
  • Highest Qualification
  • Latest Academic records if studying at a tertiary institute
  • Proof of application to a tertiary institute
  • Acceptance letter from tertiary institute
  • Your course curriculum or prospectus

Department of Correctional Services Bursaries Application

Application forms need to be collected from the different branches as stated underneath; they will NOT be pos  ted or faxed to anyone.  Applications that are incomplete, e-mailed or faxed back will also NOT be considered; please hand in your completed form with needed documentation to the office where you collected the forms from.  Certified copies should not be older than three months to be valid.

Bursaries online application is not available but candidates can download the application form here.

DCS Bursaries Closing Date

The completed application form with all relevant documentation should be handed into the office as mentioned above by the beginning of July each year.  This date may also differ depending on the bursaries available and the Department of Correctional services requirements so please enquire upon the final date when you collect your forms.

Only successful candidates will be contacted and further correspondence will be entered into.

Make sure to read every detail of your Bursary contract. Not every company offers the same rewards and some companies will ask you to work for them as long as you have held the bursary.



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