SACTA NPC SCHOLARSHIP – SA Cultivar & Technology Agency (SACTA)

Apply for the SACTA NPC Bursary – SA Cultivar & Technology Agency (SACTA).

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SA Cultivar & Technology Agency (SACTA) was created with the aim of addressing a dilemma that has developed over the years regarding the lack of new technology for self-pollinated or open-pollinated grain and oilseeds in South Africa .

The relevant crops are: wheat, barley, oats, soybeans and some rapeseed cultivars. While farmers have every right to withhold seeds from these self-pollinating crops for future planting, this practice reduces the amount of newly sold seed and so it is not worth it for seed companies to invest in the breeding and technology of these crops. Without the latest seed technology, it is impossible for South African producers to compete with their international counterparts, who use the best seeds and latest technologies available. Without investment in the development of self-pollinating seeds there will be no progress – genetic gain and local production will stagnate or decline. South Africa will therefore have to import more grains and that does not endanger our food security, but their quality (baking value) is not always equivalent to South African standards.

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For more information about the SACTA scholarship scheme, please contact Marilette Maritz of L&L Agricultural Services (the administrators of SACTA) electronically at

i) Basic Requirements

Applicants are invited to apply for postgraduate scholarships at SACTA to further their studies within the grain and oilseed breeding and technology industry.

The basic requirements for applying for a scholarship with SACTA are:

Applicants must be South African citizens. Applicants must be admitted to study full-time at the institution of their choice. SACTA scholarships are awarded for honors, masters and doctoral studies only. The field of study must be relevant to the South African breeding and technology industry Successful applicants may not receive alternative funding from alternative sources. The thesis/dissertation proposal must be approved by SACTA prior to commencement of the studies. Upon application, SACTA requires: a) A completed application form, b) A certified copy of South African ID/passport,c) Updated curriculum vitae,d) The most recent academic transcript/record on an official letterhead,e) Proof of registration and a reimbursement statement (if available). A formal scholarship agreement can be concluded with SACTA when a scholarship is awarded. A supervisor of the course must be appointed by the institution where the study will be conducted and must be approved by SACTA.I It is the student’s responsibility to inform the supervisor that he/she will be required to register with the specific scholarship program on our website. Its URL address can be provided by the student or to the supervisor upon request. Applicants are expected to work in the South African grain and oilseed breeding and technology industry during the same period for which a scholarship has been awarded. The annual scholarship amounts will be determined by SACTA each year. The closing date for submitting a scholarship application is September 30 of each year.

ii) Scholarship conditions

This scholarship ONLY funds applicants who are registered for honours, masters dissertation or doctoral qualifications. Only applicants who apply, complete the application form and submit all necessary supporting documents before the specified date will be considered. Applications will not be processed unless the Legal Company (Part E), on this application form, is completed and signed by the concerned applicant. An application for a scholarship does not oblige SACTA to award a scholarship to a student, nor does it guarantee that any scholarships will be awarded. applicants will be carried out. Applicants will be notified of a successful outcome within 8 weeks of the closing date. If applicants do not receive correspondence from SACTA within 8 weeks of the closing date, applicants may accept that their application is unsuccessful. the scholarship is payable in January. All scholarship awards are conditional upon receipt of a positive report from the student’s supervisor. Continued receipt of the scholarship is subject to favorable progress report(s) from the supervisor and acceptance of the scholarship holder’s progress report by SACTA indicating how the recipient is progressing with his/her studies. Applicants are expected to provide a hard and soft copy of the completed dissertation/dissertation upon completion of their studies, which will be posted on relevant industry websites.

iii) Size of the scholarship

Honours: Scholarships totaling R68 250.00 per year, for two years, in respect of Hons applicants. Scholarships will only be paid based on the progress reports submitted and approved by both the student and their supervisor. Masters per dissertation: Scholarships totaling R99 750.00 per year, for two years, in respect of MSc applicants. Scholarships will only be paid based on the progress reports submitted and approved by both the student and their supervisor. Doctoral Research: Scholarships totaling R131 250.00 per year, for three years, related to PhD students. Scholarships will only be paid based on the progress reports submitted and approved by both the student and their supervisor.

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