Financial Support

Scholarships and Bursaries

The Southern African Wildlife College endeavours to help fund students’ course fees and every year there are limited bursaries and scholarships available. As a donor-funded organisation, we rely on the generosity of others to help us provide this financial support and give these students the opportunity to advance.

Students are required to formally apply for bursary support and are further encouraged to seek funding independently from other organisations.

Scholarships Sources

Southern African Wildlife College Trust

Each year the Trust awards top students with highly sought-after scholarships in our accredited Higher Education and Training courses in natural resource management.


This campaign, aimed at supporting the 50 Natural Resource Management students who train in our Higher Education and Training and National Certificate courses each year, gives donors from the public the opportunity to sponsor or contribute to a student’s bursary fees.


Our generous donor community can help to cover a student’s course fees by donating any amount to our Training Bursaries beneficiary account via our donations page.

Who can receive a scholarship?

Top achieving students on the National Certificate in Natural Resource Management are eligible for a limited number of  scholarships awarded each year. New students are required to apply for partial bursary support when filling out their course application forms and are also encouraged to seek alternative funding from their organisations or other financial institutions. Our bursary allocation is as follows:

  • Higher Education and National Certificate Courses: Partial bursaries are available depending on donor support and are aided by the student’s organisation in addition to funding provided via our Sponsor-A-Student campaign.
  • Occupational Qualifications: Bursaries are available depending on donor support.
  • Skills Programmes and Short Courses: Organisations and individuals provide funding for themselves; unless otherwise stated bursaries are not available.
  • Youth Access Environmental Education Bridging Course: bursaries are awarded to successful candidates to cover course fees and include the costs of accommodation, meals, and training at the College.

Precious Malapane

Precious knew she wanted to be a part of what the College stands for from the age of 8 where she saw the community impact the SAWC had on her near by Village. She enrolled in the Youth Access: Bridging course straight out of high school and before even completing the course she applied to the internship programme at the College. She didn’t get the one she expected but was offered a position with the K9 unit and has not looked back since. She loves and continues to be a voice for the voiceless. 

Contact us for more information on bursary support

We are open from 08h00 to 17h00 Monday to Friday except on public holidays and during semester breaks. Please contact our office during these hours if you have any further questions about funding options.

Phone : +27 (0)15 793 7300

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for bursary support?

Any student applying to our flagship Higher Education and Training and National Certificate Courses in Natural Resource Management can apply for partial bursary support. Bursaries are also available to selected students on our Youth Access Bridging Programmes, as well as our Guiding and  Field Ranger Training Programmes.

How can I apply for bursary support?

Students are required to fill out the relevant details for financial support on their course application forms. Students are also encouraged to seek funding from their employment organisations or other conservation agencies.