SAAFoST Undergraduate Bursary 2024 in South Africa

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The South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) Foundation is inviting interested students to apply for 2024 Bursaries.

Closing date: 31 January 2024

SAAFoST Foundation is offering bursaries for full-time undergraduate food science and technology students, awarded on the basis of academic merit, employment equity, and demonstrated potential.


SAAFoST is a non-profit, largely volunteer-run, national association of food science and other technical professionals concerned with advancing food science and technology knowledge.

This it does by publishing a membership magazine titled, Food Science and Technology, encouraging scientific research and the publication of papers and articles, organising meetings, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, congresses and assisting in educational activities.

Currently, the Association has up to 2,000 members throughout Southern Africa. The Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Northern branches attend to the regional affairs of the Association. The national secretariat is situated in Durban.

TheSAAFoST Foundation is inviting interested students to apply for full term bursaries in the field of Food Science and Technology.


The bursary includes financial assistance for the following:

  • Actual tuition fees levied by the tertiary institution as per a statement of account issued by the institution in the name of the student up to a maximum of R40 000.00 per annum until graduation.
  • The payment is made directly to the Tertiary institution yearly in two installments; the first installment being subject to a satisfactory final mark for the previous year of study and the second installment being subject to satisfactory results in the first semester.


The selection of candidates is based on the following criteria:

  • Preference will be given to students who excel academically and / or demonstrate potential.
  • Applicants must be enrolled for full time undergraduate study for a first degree or diploma in the field of Food Science and Technology at a South African Tertiary Institution, and be in a position to complete his / her chosen study programme within the prescribed period of the relevant South AfricanTertiary institution or following period:
    Undergraduate Degree (up to B.Sc (Hons) – 4 years
    B. Degree – 4 years or Higher Diploma
    B. Degree – 3 years

  • Applicants must be South African or permanent resident citizens who have been resident in South Africa for at least 3 years prior to application.
  • Applicants must have been a member of SAAFoST for at least 12 months preceding the application.
  • Applicants will be required to provide a written personal statement of not more than 1 A4 page outlining how their education and training in the field of food science and technology will make a positive difference in their lives and in the scientific community.

  • Applicants will be required to submit a reference that speaks of the applicant’s character. The reference letter will be written by someone at the Tertiary institution who has known the applicant in a learning capacity.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the SAAFoST Foundation, whose decision is final and binding.


  • The student will be required to sign a contract as acceptance of and agreement to the conditions outlined below:
  • Granting of bursaries is not automatic and SAAFoST Foundation reserves the right not to award a bursary.

  • Only students who apply within the specified date and have fully completed the required application forms and whose registrations have been accepted by a university will be considered.
  • The student will be required to provide the SAAFoST Foundation with a six monthly report and exam results outlining the highlights of the year’s study including participation in SAAFoST activities.

  • The bursary will at the sole discretion of the SAAFoST Foundation be converted into a loan repayable in equal instalments, as determined by the SAAFoST Foundation, at the prime rate of interest if, without formal permission of the SAAFoST Foundation:
    • The student terminates or interrupts his / her studies, without formal permission for the interruption of studies
    • The student does not complete his / her studies within the period stated above
    • The student fails any year or semester of study.

Should the recipient not successfully complete all of the stipulated courses in any bursary year or not successfully complete any outstanding subjects as supplementary examinations prior to the commencement of the following academic year, then at the sole discretion of the SAAFoST Foundation the bursary may be suspended for the following year with the proviso that, should the recipient successfully complete all of the courses in that subsequent year including any carried over courses from the previous year, then the SAAFoST Foundation will refund to the recipient, all suspended tuition fees and the bursary shall then continue as before, however, no repeated courses, subjects, or modules shall be paid for by the SAAFoST Foundation.


Download the application form in Adobe PDF format or MS Word format.

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2024
Review period: February
Award announcement: March

Ensure that you provide the following with your completed application form:

  • A head and shoulders passport-size photograph of yourself
  • A certified copy of your ID book or RSA passport
  • A certified copy of your most recent academic results (Part C)
  • Personal Statement (Part D)
  • Reference Letter (Part D)
  • Proof of registration at Tertiary Institution for 2024

Completed applications must be e-mailed to the SAAFoST Membership Development Officer:
SAAFoST Membership Development Officer
Tel: 071 870 2633
E-mail: [email protected]


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