Winter Cereal Trust Bursary Program for South African Students

The Winter Cereal Trust Company is now offering bursary awards for students intending to study towards an undergraduate/Honours, postgraduate or doctoral qualification. This program is aimed to provide financial support for South African students who are interested in studying in any field relevant to Small Grains Industry and who cannot afford to fulfil the financial obligations. Applications for the Winter Cereal Trust bursary program for South African students are open until August 31, 2018!


The Winter Cereal trust was established in 1997 and aims to take part in research about South Africa’s interest in the industry of winter cereal. Winter cereal encompasses oats, wheat, barley, triticale, rye as well as durum wheat. The main objective of this company is to provide funding for industrial, technical and scientific research into the production of South African winter cereal production. The Winter Cereal Trust bursary program for South African students was founded in 2006 to help students financially in the small grains research industry. There are up to 10 awards for postgraduate students along with three bursaries for black students who are undertaking their final year for the undergraduate program or are undertaking an honours program (intending to study towards a postgraduate qualification).

The bursary values vary depending on the length of study as well as the qualification.

A one year bursary for honours and undergraduate degree = R 60,505/year

A two year bursary for master’s degree = R 73,300/year

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A three year doctoral degree = R 89,590/year

Additionally, the successful applicants will also have access to a Co-Promotor or Mentor with the relevant skills in the small grain research field who will provide assistance when needed. Furthermore, students will take up work in the Small grains Industry upon graduation for an equal amount of time as the bursary received. Students will also be expected to attend the two-day meeting of the Winter Cereal Trust technical Committee during September every year in Pretoria.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a South African citizen
  • Hold a matric certificate
  • Be a black student (African, Indian or Coloured)
  • Be studying in a doctoral or master’s program or in their final year of an undergraduate program/studying towards an honours qualification and intending on studying a postgraduate program. The subject must be relevant to the Small Grains Industry.
  • Applicants’ thesis topics must be approved by the Winter Cereal Trust
  • Co-Promotor and Mentor to be approved and selected by the university where the study will take place and by the Winter Cereal Trust

How to Apply

Students can commence their applications for the Winter Cereal Trust bursary program for South African students by downloading and completing the application form. Candidates must also submit clear copies of these documents.

  • Certified copy of ID document and matric certificate
  • A complete tertiary academic record. To be submitted on tertiary letterhead
  • Certified copies of qualification certificates
  • A full CV
  • Colour photo (passport size)
  • A research proposal
  • Letter of motivation outlining your reasons why your research proposal is valuable to the Small Grains Industry
  • Letter of Support by mentor and Co-Promotor
  • Mentor’s letter of motivation for your research project
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Submit your application via one of these methods:

  • Email

[email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]


  • Fax

086 617 9409


  • Hand deliver

Block C
Agri-hub Office Park
477 Witherite Road
The Willows

  • Post

Winter Cereal Trust
PO Box 7088