South Africa's Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Hitachi Ltd, a Japanese multinational company specialising in high-technology equipment, are inviting South African engineers to forward their applications for the 11th scholarship-training programme to be offered in Japan.


The scholarship programme aims to enhance the capacity of South African engineers in the areas of water and sanitation treatment and service in support of the country's social infrastructure development programme. The one-and-a-half-month programme provides technical training at Hitachi factories, visits to Japanese water utilities, and a Japanese introductory course at the Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships. The scholarship includes training fees, return flights to Japan, accommodation, local travel expenses, insurance and a food allowance.


To be eligible, candidates must be South African citizens aged between 20 and 35 years; be in good health; have at least three years' relevant work experience; and have a four-year engineering qualification from a university of technology or academic university. Applicants should be in the employ of a South African municipality and currently engaged in design, operations, maintenance, upgrading and modernisation in the areas of water and waste water treatment and services.


Please note that the 2019 scholarship is limited to the engineering field of water and waste water treatment. The closing date for applications is 20 June 2019. Short-listed candidates must attend a final selection interview at the DST offices in Pretoria. Six candidates will be selected by the end of June, and the training programme will commence in September.


For any enquiries regarding the programme, please contact Ms Elelwani Ramabulana at 012 843 6863 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.