Winter Cereal Trust Bursary

By | January 12, 2020

Winter Cereal Trust Bursary



Winter Cereal Trust Bursary

Winter Cereal Trust Bursary

About Winter Cereal Trust Bursary

Winter Cereal Trust (WCT) was established in 1997 and is divided into two trusts: Winter Cereal Research Trust and Winter Cereal General Trust. Each trust has different functions. The purpose of the

Winter Grains Research Trust Fund is to participate in research on winter grains and South Africa’s interest in the industry. Winter cereals include wheat, oats, barley, rye, triticale, and durum wheat. The aim of the Winter Cereal General Trust is to provide funding for research (including technology, industry and scientific research) on the production of winter cereals in South Africa. The

Winter Cereal Trust (WCT) launched the scholarship program in 2006 to support students in the small grain research industry. The trust fund awards 10 scholarships to graduate students each year, and 3 scholarships to black students who are in their final year of undergraduate or studying for a bachelor’s degree (planning to study for graduate students).

Bursaries are awarded for fields of study relevant to the Small Grains Industry, for Masters and Doctoral qualifications.

Bursary award values differ according to the level of qualification and length of study:
R60 505/ year for undergraduate degrees and Honours degrees (for a one year)
R73 300/ year for MSc degrees (for two years)
R89 590/ year for PhD degrees (for three years)

Students will also have access to a Mentor/ Co-Promotor with the relevant skills in the small grains research field, who will be able to assist where necessary.


Students will be required to take up employment within the Small Grains Industry for an equal amount of time as their bursary awarded.

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.


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):

  • South African citizen
  • Completed Matric
  • Black student (Coloured, Indian or African)
  • Studying towards a Masters or Doctoral qualification OR in final year of undergraduate studies/ studying towards an honours degree (and plan on studying towards a postgrad),
  • Studying in a field related to the Small Grains Industry
  • Thesis topic to be approved by the Winter Cereal Trust
  • Mentor and Co-Promotor to be selected – to be approved by the WCT and university where studies will take place


Download and complete the Winter Cereal Trust Bursary Application Form (.pdf)
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 be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Matric certificate (certified copy)
  • Full tertiary academic record (on tertiary letterhead)
  • Qualification certificates (certified copies)
  • Colour photograph (passport sized)
  • Full Curriculum Vitae
  • Research 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 motivation letter for your research project
  • Co-Promotor’s letter of support

Applications must be submitted in one of the following ways:
1) Post:
Winter Cereal Trust
PO Box 7088

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

3) Fax: 086 617 9409

4) Email: / /


31 August
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)


For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact the Winter Cereal Trust directly:
Tel: 012 007 1200 / 074 338 4276

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