eThekwini Municipality: Bursaries 2021

eThekwini Municipality invites applicants to apply for Bursary Programme 2021 academic year.

Bursary Application Closing Date: 05 February 2021.

The eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, created in the year 2000 in KwaZulu-Natal, is a metropolitan municipality which incorporates Durban city and its surrounding towns. The Municipality was established from 7 previously independent local councils and tribal land.

The province of KwaZulu-Natal has 11 districts, with eThekwini being the provinces biggest city. It is a popular center for tourists with its extensive beaches, warm subtropical climate, gorges and ravines. The Category A municipality is home to over 3.5 million people.

Fields of study:

eThekwini Municipality will be awarding bursaries for studies in these specific fields (undergraduate only):

  • Chemical Engineering (BSc or BEng)
  • Civil Engineering (BSc or BEng)
  • Electrical Engineering (BSc or BEng)
  • Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current) (BSc or BEng)
  • Electronic Engineering (BSc or BEng)
  • Property Development (BSc)
  • Environmental Science (BSc)
  • Conservation Biology (BSc)
  • Ecology (BSc)
  • Computer Science (BSc)

Coverage, Value & Selection:

The eThekwini Municipality bursary will provide cover for tuition fees, accommodation, meal allowance/ stipend, prescribed book allowance and a computer allowance.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted – if you have not received any feedback within 10 weeks of the application deadline, regard your application as unsuccessful.

Bursary recipients will be required to enter into a contract with the municipality, for the equal number of years as the duration of funding received.


  • South African citizen
  • Completed Matric OR currently in Matric
  • Strong academic record
  • Studying or accepted to study full time in one of the aforementioned fields of study
  • Studying or intend on studying at a recognized public tertiary institution in South Africa
  • Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Preference will be given to eThekwini residents
  • Preference will be given to students who have passed the 1st year of study
  • Preference will be given to students who are eThekwini residents, have been previously disadvantaged (in terms of disability, race and gender)

How to apply

Applications must be done online here: eThekwini Municipality Bursary application, (Reference Number: ETH210129-10)

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric latest results, if currently in Matric/ awaiting Matric certificate (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate, if completed Matric (certified copy)
  • Full academic record, if currently studying at tertiary level (on tertiary letterhead)
  • Proof of acceptance to study at a South African public university (on tertiary letterhead)


For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact the eThekwini Municipality directly: Contact people: Lihle Sishi / Mndeni Gumede, Tel: 031 311 3192 / 031 311 3183 or Email: [email protected].

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