Winter Cereal Trust Bursary South Africa 2023 – 2024
ABOUT THE COMPANY – WINTER CEREAL TRUST
Winter Cereal Trust Bursary South Africa | The Winter Cereal Trust (WCT), founded in 1997, is divided into 2 trusts – the Winter Cereal Research Trust and the Winter Cereal General Trust, each serving a separate function.
The aim of the Winter Cereal Research Trust is to participate in research about winter cereal and South Africa’s interest in the industry. Winter cereals consist of wheat, oats, barley, rye, triticale and durum wheat. While the aim of the Winter Cereal General Trust is to provide funding for research (including technical, industrial and scientific research) into the production of winter cereals within South Africa.
ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAMME – FIELDS COVERED | COVERAGE VALUE
The Winter Cereal Trust (WCT) is inviting students to apply for bursary funding for the 2023 academic year. Bursaries are awarded each year, for Masters’s and Doctoral studies in fields relevant to the Small Grains Industry. The bursary will fund thesis topics that have been approved by the Winter Cereal Trust.
The following bursaries will be awarded by the WCT:
- The Trust aims to award 10 bursaries each year, to postgraduate students pursuing a Masters’s or Doctoral qualification in a Small Grains-related field.
- The Trust also aims to award 3 bursaries each year, to final year undergraduate and/or honours students who intend to pursue postgraduate studies in a Small Grains-related field, up to a minimum of MSc degree level (this is subject to availability of funds).
- The Trust may also award bursaries for postdoctoral studies (this is subject to the availability of funds).
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MORE ABOUT THE WINTER CEREAL TRUST BURSARY PROGRAMME – COVERAGE VALUE
The value of the bursary and duration of cover differs according to the level of study:
- Undergraduate or Honours degree students will receive around R64 135 per year, for 1 year
- Masters/ MSc students will receive around R77 698 per year, for 2 years
- Doctoral/ PhD students will receive around R94 965 per year, for 3 years
Bursary recipients will have a Mentor and/or Co-Promotor, who has the required skills and proven track record in the field of small grains research, to assist them. The Mentor will keep the WCT updated on the bursar’s progress and ensure that the student remains on track with their studies.
MORE ABOUT THE WINTER CEREAL TRUST BURSARY PROGRAMME – SERVICE CONTRACT | SELECTION
Bursary recipients will be required to attend the 2-day meeting of the Winter Cereal Trust Technical Committee, held in Pretoria in September each year (travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the WCT). The meetings allow for bursars to network with other agricultural scientists involved in research on small grains, as well as to allow bursars to determine where their research work fits in with the overall pattern of research on small grains.
Students will be required to take up employment within the Small Grains Industry for an equal amount of time as their bursary is awarded.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in writing, no later than 25 working days after submitting their application. If you do not receive any feedback by this time, please regard your application as unsuccessful.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE WINTER CEREAL TRUST BURSARY
Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to meet all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):
- You must be a South African citizen
- You must have completed Matric
- You must be Black (African, Coloured or Indian)
- You must be in your final year of undergraduate studies and/or honours degree studies
- You must intend on studying towards a Masters’s or Doctoral qualification, in the Small Grains Industry
- You must be studying at a recognised and accredited tertiary institution in South Africa
- Your thesis topic must be approved by the Winter Cereal Trust
- You must have nominated a Mentor and Co-Promotor (where applicable) – they must be approved by the University and the Winter Cereal Trust
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE WINTER CEREAL TRUST BURSARY
Download and complete the Winter Cereal Trust Bursary Application Form (.pdf)
Applicants should also download and read the Winter Cereal Trust Bursary Agreement (.pdf) and the Winter Cereal Trust Bursary Scheme Information (.pdf) before applying.
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 may be disqualified):
- ID document (certified copy)
- Matric certificate (certified copy)
- Details of postgraduate studies (name of the institute, year of study and subjects passed, copies of qualifications completed and any other study achievements)
- Recent colour photograph
- Curriculum Vitae
- Study proposal for a research project
- Motivational letter (why your research proposal will be valuable to the Small Grains Industry)
- Mentor’s letter of support
- Mentor’s short motivation letter for your research project
- Co-Promotor’s letter of support
- Other funds available for your studies – source and amount (certified copy)
- Proof of residence
Winter Cereal Trust
PO Box 7088
Agri-hub Office Park
477 Witherite Road
CLOSING DATE FOR THE WINTER CEREAL TRUST BURSARY
31 August 2023.
(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 the Winter Cereal Trust directly:
Contact person: Ms Thato Kganakga (Senior Administrative Officer)
Tel: 012 007 1200
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