Winter Cereal Trust Profile
The Winter Cereal Trust is an organization that focuses on the research and regulation of the winter cereals industry in South Africa. Through this trust, members provide the necessary financial assistant towards any initiatives that supports this particular industry. Whether it’s for scientific research, technical programmes, or industrial schemes, the Winter Cereal Trust does their best to accommodate these objectives. South Africa, well-known for its agricultural sector, highly depends on winter cereal to further expand South Africa’s socio-economic markets. Through this trust, it is hoped that not only does the agricultural sector flourish, but also the rest of the country and its citizens as well.
About Winter Cereal Trust Bursaries 2020-2021
The Winter Cereal Trust is offering several bursary schemes for passionate, talented young students who would like to work for the small grains research sector. The Winter Cereal Trust Bursaries is an effort in promoting this particular field to a wider, younger demographic. The agricultural sector is constantly overlapping with the need for research. Without a new generation of individuals who can participate in the research for small grains, not only will the nation’s agricultural status go down, but it will also not be able to meet the citizens’ needs for daily necessities, such as wheat, oats, and barley.
Realizing the situation, the Winter Cereal Trust Bursaries was initiated in 2006 and started accepting students of different backgrounds into this programme. Each year, the trust provides ten bursaries specifically for students who are studying towards their post-graduate degrees in any course that is relevant to the knowledge of small grains. However, under certain circumstance, final year students who are pursuing their undergraduate studies may also stand a chance to be granted this bursary, provided that they plan on undertaking a post-graduate study in any small grains-related field. Bursaries are divided fairly, and preference will be provided for African, Colour, and Indian students.
Upon successful acceptance into the Winter Cereal Trust Bursaries, grantees will be entitled to a professional mentor that will enrich you with helpful skills in conducting small grains research. Additionally, grantees will be required to participate in the trust’s partially-funded annual meeting with the Winter Cereal Trust Technical Committee. This meeting is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for grantees to develop relationships with some of the country’s best agricultural practitioners. However, this bursary does not provide you guarantee of permanent employment in the field – however, you will be recommended by the trust on several portals, such as National Chamber of Milling, SAGIS, and SA Chamber of Baking.
Winter Cereal Trust Bursary Requirements
To apply for the Winter Cereal Bursary, candidates must fulfill all of the eligibility criteria that has been applied for the programme. Each of these items below will determine whether you are qualified enough for the scheme or not. The selection committee will be strictly using these criteria to fairly assess all of the interested applicants. Failure to meet everything may cost your chances of success with the application procedure.
The Winter Cereal Trust Bursary Requirements are as follows:
- Officially recognized as a citizen of South Africa
- Participants must be pursuing either a Masters or Doctoral degree
- Students must be pursuing an educational qualification that has to do with the knowledge of the Small Grains Industry
- Three bursary schemes will be granted specifically for Black (African, Indian, Colored) undergraduate students who are pursuing their final academic year (per availability)
- All thesis topics must receive prior approval directly from the Winter Cereal Trust
- Grantees must nominate a mentor that will guide them throughout their studies, and receive prior approval from the Winter Cereal Trust
- Grantees are required to allocated the same amount of years of their studies into working for the Small Grains Industry
- Grantees will receive a sum of R 64 135/year for Undergraduate/Honours degree students, R 77 698/year for Masters degree students, and R 94 965/year for PhD students.
How to Apply Winter Cereal Trust Bursary 2020-2021
Now that you have fulfilled all of the eligibility criteria, it is time to embark on your Winter Cereal Trust Bursary applications. First off, all candidates must download the Official Application Form. After downloading it, candidates fill it completely with accurate personal information. Please make sure that the information you are providing is absolutely correct, as all details will be subject for further assessment by the committee. Candidates discovered to be providing false information will be disqualified from the application procedure.
Once that is done, you can immediately send in your applications to the Winter Cereal Trust either through e-mail address or postal carriage. All applications must be sent in before August 31st of each year – applications sent past the closing date will automatically be disregarded by the selection committee. Announcements will only be made directly to students who have passed the application procedure. Should you not hear back from the committee within 25 business days past the closing date, we regret to inform you that you have not been selected for the bursary.
If you wish to take a further look into the bursary, you can always check out the Bursary Agreement for future reference. Alternatively, you can directly reach out to the Winter Cereal Trust through the contact information below.
Winter Cereal Trust Contact Address
Block C/Blok C
Agri-hub Office park
477 Witherite Road
The Willows, PRETORIA
P.O. Box/Posbus 7088
Tel: +27 12 007 1200/1
Fax: +27 86 617 9409
Email: [email protected]
Source: Winter Cereal Trust; Author: Larxsati; Editor: Melisa; Picture: wintercerealtrust.co.za.