FoodBev SETA Bursary 2023

About FoodBev SETA

FoodBev SETA, or Food and Beverages Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority, is one of the 21 SETAs currently operating in South Africa. The primary role of SETAs, which were established as per the Skills Development Act of 1998, is to monitor the quality of education and training offered within a sector. FeedBev SETA is responsible for the food and beverages manufacturing sector. It has five chambers, which are:

  • Baking, Cereals, Confectionery & Snacks (BCCS)
  • Beverage Manufacturing
  • Dairy Manufacturing
  • Manufacture of Food Preparation Products
  • Processed and Preserved Meat, Fish, Fruit, and Vegetables

Committed to improving the accessibility and availability of high-quality education in the sector, FoodBev SETA works in conjunction with training centers and TVETs in South Africa.

FoodBev SETA Bursary

FoodBev SETA Bursary 2023

FoodBev SETA is offering financial assistance to unemployed youth through bursaries. Known as the FoodBev SETA bursary programme, it aims to create the required talent pool for critical and scarce skills needed in this sector. As opposed to other traditional bursaries where students apply for funding, this bursary invites the universities to apply on their behalf. So students must get in touch with their university representatives if they want to get the funding for their education.

For the academic session, FoodBev SETA will award bursaries to Doctorate (PhD) or Master’s degree students. The study programme must be related to Food and Beverage Manufacturing and its value chain.

The bursary fund was created as a response to the growing need for research, development, and innovation in the F&B manufacturing sector. It has been awarding financial aid to needy students every year.

The coverage of the FoodBev SETA 2023 bursary is as follows:

  • For Masters students – Maximum funding of R 120,000 per annum, which covers registration fees, research cost, and study material
  • For PhD students – Maximum funding of R 150,000 per annum, which covers tuition fees and research cost

The exact amount will depend on the evaluation, and it will be for the entire duration of the study.

Eligibility Criteria For The FoodBev SETA Bursary

There are certain eligibility criteria for this bursary programme. Everyone applying for funding must fulfill all of the criteria before being considered for funding.

The eligibility requirements for FoodBev SETA are:

  • Must be either a South African citizen, permanent resident, or naturalized citizen
  • Must be studying towards a PhD or Masters qualification
  • Must be studying a public university in South Africa that’s recognised
  • For Masters students, their research topics must have been endorsed by the respective supervisors and be related to the F&B manufacturing value chain
  • For PhD students, the research proposal must have been approved by the university. The time frame and year of completion should have been decided as well (SETA considers 2 to 5 years as the expected year of completion for reporting purposes)
  • Must not be receiving funding from other bursary or scholarship programme (as confirmed by the University Bursary Office)

Fulfilling all of the criteria doesn’t guarantee funding. Preference is given to students belonging to a previously disadvantaged background. The decision taken by FoodBev SETA regarding the selection will be considered final.

How to Apply For The FoodBev SETA Bursary?

If you’re interested in this bursary programme, consider applying for it. You have to undergo a short application process. Complete the steps without any errors. Incorrect or incomplete submissions are not considered.

First, you need to obtain the application form. You can request it by emailing to ‘’ Once you receive the bursary application form, complete it by filling in the details.

Documents Required

You have to prepare the following documents:

  • ID documents (must not be older than three months)
  • Proof of registration at the university for the 2022-23 session
  • University’s Tax Clearance Certificate
  • A confirmed and approved research proposal from the tertiary institution (must include research cost estimate, for PhD students only)
  • Approved research proposal endorsed by the supervisor (must include the research cost estimate, for Master’s students only)
  • Declaration of intent and progress report (duly signed by the student and supervisor)

Submit the application and the documents to the University Bursary Office.

Closing Date Of The FoodBev SETA Bursary

The last date for application is 17 February 2023 at 16:30 local time.

Contact Details Of The Bursar

For more details regarding the bursary programme, contact Collin Mshayisa/ Mondi Makhubu at:

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