DSV Empowerment Trust Bursary – 2021/2022

The application for the DSV Empowerment Trust Bursary for the academic year 2021/2022 is now open by DSV for all South Africans in South Africa. 


The DSV hereby invites all outstanding students to apply for the 2021/2022 Bursary. It is meant for students that intend to, or are currently studying towards degree and diploma programmes that are aligned to the following listed below:

  • Empowerment Trust programmes

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  • Applicants must ensure that they meet, and in the case of full time studies have been accepted, the academic entry requirements for their intended studies before applying.
  • ABET results will be considered in the assessment of the past academic performance.
  • For under-graduate courses, preference will be given to (but not necessarily restricted to) dependant applicants who are below 25 years of age.
  • Applicants whose previous academic progress and results are not of the standard required to succeed in their chosen direction of study must be amenable to taking an alternative course recommended to them by the fund administrator.
  •  Applicants whose academic performance and results to date do not confirm their ability to cope with their intended studies may be awarded funding on the condition that they register for a reduced curriculum (fewer courses) or access and introductory courses.
  • Applicants are permitted to apply for funding for academic upgrade, access or bridging programmes.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with the best academic results and highest level of need, are highly motivated and determined to succeed and are clearly interested in and suitable for their chosen course of study.
  • Applicants must show good potential to pass their chosen field of study.
  • Preference will be given to dependants whose choice of study will improve their future employability and falls within the scarce skills spectrum.
  • The fund administrator will approve each applicant’s choice of study and institution and will only permit studies at mainstream and accredited institutions. The same will apply to residence and accommodation.


  • Completed application forms must be received by Career Wise on or before midnight on the 12th November 2021. Late applications will not be considered.
  • All applicants must submit their application by using the standard DSV-ET application form for the relevant year.
  •  Applicants may be required to conduct a telephonic interview between the 1st December 2021 and the 17th December 2021.
  • All applicants will be informed, by SMS, by no later than the 10th December 2021 that their application has been RECEIVED by Career Wise.
  • All applicants will be informed, by Email, by no later than the 20th December 2021 whether their application has been SUCCESSFUL or NOT.
  •  The fund administrators will only deal directly with the applicant and NOT with their parents/guardians/managers etc.
  •  Career Wise has been appointed by the Trustees to independently make all decisions related to selection and funding, according to predetermined criteria of academic performance and personal motivation. Therefore, all related queries should be directed solely to Career Wise and not to the management of DSV or the DSV-ET .
  •  A limited budget is made available annually by the DSV-ET for educational distributions. The number of applications received far exceeds this amount, therefore it is not possible to provide part, or full funding, to every applicant.
  • The granting of educational funding to successful applicants will be conditional on their final/year-end results meeting the academic selection criteria.
  • Applications that do not provide the following information or documentation, will not be considered and will be automatically rejected:
    • Certified copy of South African identity document
    •  Certified copy of final school-leaving certificate, ABET results or final Grade 11 marks report
    • Copy of a current DSV payslip for applicant (employee) or DSV nominator (dependant)
    • Letter from DSV nominator confirming your nomination. This must include their full name, employee code and ID number and your full name and ID number (dependants only)
    • Proof that DSV nominator is applicants’ parent (birth certificate) or guardian (guardianship order or affidavit)
    • Certified copies of full higher education learning records to date
    • Provisional proof of acceptance for 2022 from the tertiary institution (dependants only)
  • Applicants whose application forms were not received due to an administrative error on behalf of the fund administrator, will be permitted to submit a late application. Proof of the timeous submission of the application form will be required.
  • Applying to tertiary institutions, and for accommodation, is the responsibility of the applicant. Provisional acceptance from the institution for 2022 is required prior to applying for funding. Payment of registration and/or deposits is the responsibility of the applicant if this is required prior to 20th December 2021, by when the applicant will be informed of the result of their application.
  •  After completing the selection process the fund administrator will submit a list of candidates recommended for funding to the Trustees for their approval.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may reapply during the following year.


  • Completed applications need to be submitted early.

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