Winter Cereal Trust Bursary Programme 2019

The Winter Cereal Trust is calling on suitably qualified individuals who would like to apply for its Bursary Programme offering for 2019.

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 Programme

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 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 bursar 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.
  • Bursars are to attend a two-day Winter Cereal Trust Technical Committee meeting held yearly, usually in Pretoria
  • A bursar is required to work in the Small Grains Sector for at least the same length of time of being a bursary beneficiary.

Career Options

While WCT does not guarantee employment at the end of the bursary support, the organization will place the bursar’s CV and previous experience on relevant websites three months prior to the student’s graduation.

Requirements or Eligibility

  • Honour’s or Bachelor’s degree students in their last year of pursuing studies relevant to the field of Small Grains research
  • Must be a post-graduate or PHd student pursuing a small grains research-related course of study
  • The student’s thesis topic will require approval from the Winter Cereal Trust

Click here to view full details of the WCT Bursary Scheme

How to Apply

Qualified applicants will need to download the WTC Bursary Scheme Application Form 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 an other academic achievements
  • Up-to-date CV
  • Recent color photo
  • Motivation letter
  • Study proposal for the research project

WCT Bursary Application form

WCT Bursary Agreement

Fill out the application form completely and accurately and send it together with your supporting documents to:

Email: [email protected]

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

Opening and Closing Dates:

Deadline for submission of applications is on 31 August 2019.

Contact Information

For further details, call 012-007 1200/1.

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