iSimangaliso Higher Education Support Program

Enthusiastic about Nature?


iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority’s Higher Education Programme offers a package of support to help young people from communities around the iSimangaliso Wetland Park to access tertiary education in the fields of Conservation or Tourism. Since its inception in 2010 the programme has provided bursaries and support to 140 students.

Why Apply for the iSimangaliso Bursary?

Fee Free Education provided by government may not cover all your study costs. Depending on where you are studying and what course you have registered for, the iSimangaliso bursary covers laptops, data, travel expenses and meals.

iSimangaliso bursary also provides academic and psycho-social support to students.  This helps students to adjust to university life and get the support they need to be able to pass their courses and graduate. iSimangaliso provides you with opportunities to improve your work readiness through skills development workshops and community service initiatives during the holidays.

Who can apply for the iSimangaliso Bursary?

You may apply if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have been accepted for your first year of study at a public South African Higher Education Institution included in the list below,
  • You have applied for NSFAS bursary, or have confirmation that you have been awarded a NSFAS bursary, 
  • You have been registered for an approved iSimangaliso course in Conservation, Tourism, or related discipline 
  • You are a South African citizen.
  • You are a verifiable member of either: 

The Land Claimants Communities from iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority (Sokhulu, Bhangazi, Dukuduku, Western Shores, Mdletsheni, Makhasa, Mnqobokazi, Nside, Ngwenya, Jobe, Mabaso, Emandleni, (Mbila) and Triangle (Mbila), and Coastal Reserves); OR

A resident of areas of Mkhanyakude District Municipality that are close to iSimangaliso Wetland Park or the Mfolozi Local Municipality particularly in the Sokhulu area.

Which University can an iSimangaliso Bursary Student Study?

University of KwaZulu Natal

University of Zululand

Mangosuthu University of Technology

How to Apply?

During Orientation week on the mentioned Universities iSimangaliso will be distributing application forms and they will also be available online for downloading to those who are interested.

  • 2020 - 2021 Academic Year Funded
  • 2021 - 2022 New Applicants Restricted
  • 2021 - 2022 Only Funding Existing Students Due to COVID Revenue Loss
  • 2022 - 2023 Status To Be Announced