Winter Cereal Trust Bursary Application 2023-2024

By | December 29, 2021

Winter Cereal Trust Bursary Application 2023-2024

Winter Cereal Trust Bursary Application 2023-2024

Winter Cereal Trust Bursary Application

About Winter Cereal Trust Bursary

  • An important component of agricultural productivity is research. There is little possibility of agricultural production keeping up with the world’s ever-growing food demand unless devoted research teams work relentlessly to boost productivity.
  • This is something that the Winter Cereal Trust (WCT) is well aware of. It is especially important in South Africa, where most minor grains (wheat, barley, oats, and rye) must be imported on a regular basis to meet the country’s demands.
  • As a result, in 2006, the WCT decided to establish a Bursary Scheme to assist students who are just beginning out in the field of tiny grain research. The Bursary Scheme allows the WCT to contribute to an equal and transparent increase in the industry’s pool of adequately trained scientists.
  • The WCT seeks to grant 10 bursaries to post-graduate students in a given financial year (6 African, 2 Coloured, 1 Indian, and 1 White).
  • In addition, if funds are available, a total of three bursaries (2 African and 1 Colored) will be offered to students in their last year of undergraduate and/or honors study who aim to pursue post-graduate studies in small grains at the level of an MSc degree. These bursaries will be given to Black* students exclusively. Post-doctoral studies will be considered as well, depending on funding availability.
  • Applicants must complete the formal application form in its whole and mail or email it to the Winter Cereal Trust at the locations specified on this page. Although every attempt is made to respond to each and every application, this may not always be practicable. If an application does not receive a written response within 25 working days of filing, it must be assumed that the application was not received.
  • These sessions will provide the Bursary recipient with a fantastic opportunity to network with other agricultural scientists working on small grain research. It will also allow the student to comprehend how his or her research fits into the larger picture of small grain research.
  • Finally, while the Bursary holder is responsible for finding work in the Small Grain Industry, the WCT will post the student’s CV, the field of study, and past experience on appropriate websites such as the SA Chamber of Baking, National Chamber of Milling, Grain South Africa, and SAGIS. This will be done three months before the student’s graduation.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must be citizens of South Africa.
  • The scholarships are for Masters and Doctoral study. Three bursaries will be awarded each year to Black students who are in their final year of undergraduate studies and/or are pursuing an honors degree, depending on the finances available.
  • The study field must be related to the Small Grains Industry.
  • The Winter Cereal Trust must provide its approval to the thesis topic.
  • A Mentor and Co-Promotor (where appropriate) for the study program must be nominated and authorized by the Winter Cereal Trust, together with the University where the study will be conducted.
  • Students will be expected to work in the Small Grains Industry for the same amount of time as they will be studying.

How to Apply

Interested persons should follow this link to download and complete the application form.

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