The Winter Cereal Trust is calling on suitably qualified individuals who would like to apply for its Bursary Programme offering for 2021.
Established in 1997, the Winter Cereal Trust, or WCT is a result of the continuance of the Wheat Board’s certain functions (e.g. providing monetary support to research projects, providing market information and lab services).
The Winter Cereal Trust Bursary 2021
In line with WCT’s goal in extending financial support to students in the area of small grains research, it introduced the Winter Cereal Trust Bursary Scheme in 2006. This bursary programme allows the WCT to play an important part in increasing the number of suitably qualified professionals in the industry.
The WCT seeks to grant ten (10) bursaries to deserving post-graduate students and three (3) bursaries (depending on fund availability) to undergraduate or honour’s students who are in their final year of tertiary education and are planning to pursue post-graduate studies related to the field.
Undergraduate and honour’s degree students are entitled to a bursary amount of about R 64,135 for one year. Master’s degree students get about R 77,698 annually for two years while PhD students will receive R 94,965 within a three-year period.
Other important points to remember about the WTC Bursary Scheme
- Each beneficiary will have a skilled mentor with proven expertise in the small grains research field who will provide assistance to the student. In addition, the mentor will keep track of and ensure the student’s performance and provide reports to the WCT accordingly.
- Beneficiaries are to attend a two-day Winter Cereal Trust Technical Committee meeting held yearly, usually in Pretoria
Who should apply?
Applicants must possess the following minimum qualification requirements in order to be eligible to send an application:
- Must be PhD or Masters degree students pursuing studies relevant to the field of Small Grains research
- The student’s thesis topic will require approval from the Winter Cereal Trust
- Must be amenable to all provisions of the bursary agreement
- A citizen of South Africa
- Must render work service within the small grains sector, the duration of which is equivalent to the duration of bursary or period of study
How do I apply?
Qualified applicants will need to download the WTC Bursary Scheme Application Form which will need to fill out and submitted along with the following supporting documents:
- Copy of matriculation certificate
- Post-graduate details including the name of the tertiary school, school year, subjects passed, proof of obtained qualifications another academic achievements
- Up-to-date CV
- Recent color photo
- Motivation letter
- Study proposal for the research project
Fill out the application form completely and accurately and send it together with your supporting documents to:
Fax: 086 617 9409
Postal address: Block C/Blok C
Agri-hub Office Park
477 Witherite Road
The Willows, PRETORIA
P O Box/Posbus 7088
The deadline for the submission of applications is on 31 August 2020.
For further details, call 012 007 1200-1.
Click the link to view a PDF copy of the Winter Cereal Trust Bursary Programme 2021.