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Winter Cereal Trust (WCT) invites South African student to apply for Bursary Programme 2023 academic year.

Bursaries are awarded each year, for Masters 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 or Doctoral qualification in a Small Grains-related field.
  • The Trust also aims to award 3 bursaries each year, to final year undergraduate and/of 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 availability of funds).

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 bursars progress and ensure that the student remains on track with their studies.

Bursary recipients will be required to attend the 2 day meeting of the Winter Cereal Trust Technical Committee, held in Pretoria during 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 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.


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):

  • 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 be intend on studying towards a Masters 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

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 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

Closing Date: 31 August 2022

Applications must be submitted in one of the following ways:

– Email: [email protected] and [email protected]

– Post:
Winter Cereal Trust
PO Box 7088

– Delivery:
Block C
Agri-hub Office Park
477 Witherite Road
The Willows


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