South African National Seed Organization (SANSOR) Bursary 2020 – 2021
ABOUT THE COMPANY – SANSOR
The first seed industry grouping was formed in 1940 by the South African Seedmen’s Association, and over the last 100 years, the South African Seed Industry has evolved from being a dominant contributor of seed production into a greatly competitive dynamic industry.
The South African National Seed Organization (SANSOR) was established in 1989, with the aim of providing the local seed industry with a formal and strategic body to protect and further the interests of the seed trade.
ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAMMES – FIELDS COVERED, COVERAGE VALUE & SELECTION
SANSOR aims to financially assist deserving postgraduate students, who wish to pursue their studies towards a Postgraduate degree (Honours/ Masters/ Doctorate) within the seed industry. Bursary recipients must conduct high-quality scientific research in these areas: Agronomy, Biotechnology, Entomology, Genetics, Horticulture, Molecular Plant Biology, Pasture Science, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology and Plant Physiology.
Bursaries are awarded based on academic merit, and bursaries are only awarded for a period of 1 year at a time. Bursary recipients may receive funding for further years of study based on satisfactory academic performance.
Apart from financial support, bursary recipients will also be able to attend workshops to gain employment skills, field trips to seed companies to learn more about the seed industry, and networking opportunities with seed industry professionals.
Successful applicants will be informed as soon as possible – if you do not receive any feedback, please regard your application as unsuccessful.
Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):
- South African-born citizen
- Completed an undergraduate degree or will complete an undergraduate degree by the end of 2020
- Registered to study towards an Honours/ MSc/ PhD degree in 2021
- Registered to study at a recognised tertiary institution in 2021
- Study subject must support SANSOR’s vision and mission, as well as be advantageous to the seed industry
- NOT receiving any other government funding (candidates must inform SANSOR of all other government funding received)
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE BURSARY
Download and complete the SANSOR Bursary Application Form (.pdf)
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)
- Degree certificates, if available (certified copy)
- Gantt Chart – Timeline
Applications must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Insert the words “SANSOR Bursary Application – Your Full Name” in the email subject line).
30 September 2020.
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)
CONTACT THE BURSARY PROVIDER
For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact SANSOR directly:
Contact Person: Dr Magdeleen Cilliers (Policy and Research Officer)
Tel: 012 472 9512