Closing Date: Saturday 30th of September 2023
Organization Sasol Agriculture Trust
Employment Type Bursary
Province Gauteng
Town/City Johannesburg
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Sasol Agriculture Trust invites students to apply for Bursary Programme  2024 academic year.

Bursaries will be awarded for Master (MSc) Doctorate (PhD) studies, within the South African agricultural industry, including the following fields:

  • Agronomy
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Meteorology
  • Biometry
  • Food Sciences (relevant to the crop industry)
  • Livestock Science
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pasture Science
  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Plant Breeding
  • Plant Entomology
  • Plant Nematology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Soil Microbiology
  • Soil Science
  • Weed Science


The value of the bursary will depend on the level of study:

  • MSc/ Masters by Dissertation students will receive funding up to R99 750 per annum, for 2 years.
  • PhD/ Doctoral Research students will receive funding up to R131 250 per annum, for 3 years.

Bursary funds will be paid out according to the submitted and approved progress reports by the bursary recipient and their supervisor, with the first installment to be paid in January 2024.


Once students have graduated, they must work within the agricultural industry of South Africa, for a duration of time equal to that of the bursary received.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and required to partake in telephonic interviews. Successful applicants will be notified within 8 weeks of the application closing date – if you do not receive any feedback within this time frame, please regard your application as unsuccessful.


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):

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must have completed Matric
  • You must be studying or intend on studying full-time towards a Masters or Doctoral qualification relevant to the South African agricultural industry
  • You must be studying or enrolled to study at a tertiary institution recognised by the Sasol Agriculture
  • You must NOT be in receipt of any other funding or bursary awards (unless agreed to by the Trust)
  • You must intend on conducting a dissertation/ thesis on a topic that has been approved by the Sasol Agriculture Trust
  • You must be willing to work within the South African agricultural industry after completing your studies
  • You must have read and agreed to all of the bursary conditions, policies and procedures (on the application form)
  • You must agree to the terms of and complete the the Legal Undertaking form of the bursary (Section I on the application form)

How to apply

Download and complete the Sasol Agriculture Trust Bursary Application Form 2024 (.pdf)

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your online application (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • ID document or Passport (certified copy – not older than 3 months old)
  • Colour ID photo
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of tertiary registration and fee statement (on institutions letterhead) (if not yet available, please submit these documents after being registered)
  • Full tertiary academic record, including latest results (on institutions letterhead)
  • Details of proposed research, including: working research title, description of research and gantt chart
  • Motivational letter to support your application, including: details of your academic abilities, financial need and future career goals

Applications must be submitted via email to:
(Insert the words “SAT BURSARY” in the email subject line).

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