Bursaries

SAAFoST Bursary Programmes for 2019

SAAFoST is a non-profit, national organization that is largely overseen by volunteers and technical professionals working together in an effort to advance food science and technology. This is primarily achieved through its membership-based magazine publication entitled Food Science and Technology. The magazine promotes publication of articles and papers, scientific research, seminars, organized meetings, exhibitions, workshops and educational services assistance to name a few. One of its most important educational initiatives is the SAAFoST Bursary Programmes.

SAAFoST Bursary Programmes 2019

The SAAFost Bursary Programmes for 2019 are calling on qualified applicants who are interested in pursuing a professional career in the area of Food and Science Technology. Below are the bursary programmes SAAFoST is currently offering:

SAAFoST Part-time Bursary Programme

The programme is open to fully paid SAAFoST members who are part-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree or National Diploma in Food Science and Technology at a recognized tertiary education institution in South Africa. Tuition fees imposed by the tertiary education system will be shouldered by SAAFoST up to R35,000 per academic year or prorated over two (2) years BTech or BSc Hons, until graduation. Bursaries are awarded to applicants based on academic merit and demonstrated potential

SAAFoST Undergraduate Bursary Programme

SAAFoST’s undergraduate bursary programme is open to full-time students pursuing a National Diploma or undergraduate degree in Food Science and Technology at a recognized South African tertiary education institution. The programme covers tuition fee expenses of up to R35,000 per academic year until graduation. Bursaries are awarded to applicants based on their academic performance, proven potential and employment equity.

Brian Koeppen Memorial Scholarship

The Brian Koeppen Scholarship (BKMCS) is made up of two programmes; one scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a master’s degree, the other is given to a student taking up a doctorate degree programme. Only students who are recommended by their tertiary education institution are invited to apply. The scholarship will cover tuition fee expenses amounting to a maximum amount of R30 000 per academic year.

Aubrey Parsons Study Grant

The Aubrey Parsons Study Grant (APSG) is open to applicants taking up B.Sc (Hons) or BTech studies in the Department of Food Sciences/Technology in any of the following accredited universities listed below:

  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of Venda
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of the Free State
  • Department of Food Tech, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg

Pieter van Twisk Academic Achievement Award (PTCAA)

The SAAFoST Foundation awards deserving students R 2,000, plus a programme certificate. The award is given to top performing students at any one of the South African universities mentioned below:

  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of the Free State

or have obtained a National Diploma in Food Tech at the following schools:

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Tshwane Univesity of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg

Requirements or Eligibility

Be sure to read the requirements of the bursary programme you’re interested in applying for.

  • Applicants must be South African citizens or have held permanent residency status for at least three (3) years prior to the application
  • A SAAFoST member for at least one (1) year
  • For BKMS applicants – already registered for postgraduate studies for at least one school year
  • Part-time and Undergraduate Bursary applicants are required to submit a written personal statement that outlines how their training and education in the food science and tech field can positively influence their lives as well as the scientific community (must not exceed 1 A4 page)
  • Undergraduate Bursary applicants are required to submit a reference letter from the tertiary education institution acquainted with the applicant’s learning capacity
  • BKMS, APSG and PTCAA applicants are expected to be recommended and nominated based on academic performance
  • APSG and PICAA applicants must have an outstanding academic performance and was able to maintain a minimum average of 70% in previous academic years

How to Apply

Applicants who satisfy the minimum requirements of the bursary programme are required to follow the application process as prescribed by the SAAFoST Bursary programme listed below.

All applications, along with the required documents, are to be sent via post to:

The SAAFoST Development Officer
PO Box 35233
Menlo Park
0102

or via email to saafost.irene@telkomsa.net

SAAFoST Part-time and Undergraduate Bursary applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Passport size photo
  • Certified copy of SA Passport or ID book/card
  • Personal statement
  • Any proof of registration at a prescribed tertiary level institution for academic year 2019

Download the application forms here:
SAAFoST Part-time application 2019 (docx format)
SAAFoST Undergraduate application 2019 (pdf format)

Deadline for submission of applications is on 15 January 2019.

Brian Koeppen Memorial Scholarship applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Applicant’s complete transcript of records from previous degrees
  • Proof of registration
  • SAAFoST proof of membership
  • ID or proof SA permanent residency status
  • Documentation of financial support being received (if any)
  • Approved progress report of previously completed research work

Brian Koeppen Memorail Scholarship Application 2019 (docx format)
Brian Koeppen Memorial Scholarship Application 2019 (PDF Format)

Deadline for submission of applications is on 15 February 2019

For Aubrey Parson Study Grant applicants, see the required documents listed below:

  • Copy of all transcript of records from previous years
  • Proof of full-time registration

Aubrey Parson Study Grant Application 2019 (docx format)
Aubrey Parson Study Grant Application 2019 (PDF Format)

Deadline for submission of applications is on 15 February 2019

For Peter van Twisk Academic Achievement Award nominees, the following document are required:

  • Full transcript of all academic records from previous academic years

Application forms can be downloaded in PDF or MS Word format
Pieter van Twisk Academic Achievement Awardapplication 2019 (MS Word format)
Pieter van Twisk Academic Achievement Award 2019 (pdf format)

Deadline for sending in applications is on 15 February 2019.

Closing and Opening Dates

Deadline for submission for the SAAFoST Undergraduate and Part-time Bursary programmes is on 15 January 2019. Announcement of selected bursars will be held on 15 February 2019.

Deadline for submission for Brian Koeppen Memorial Scholarship, Aubrey Parson Study Grant and Pieter van Twisk Academic Achievement Award is on 15 February 2019.

Contact Information

If you need more information about the SAAFoST Bursary Programmes or SAAFoST itself, click on the link below.

https://www.saafost.org.za/mysaafost/bursaries/

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