South African National Seed Organization (SANSOR) Bursary

Despite financial constraints, many students can complete their post-graduate education because of bursaries. In South Africa (and around the world), the cost of a PG degree is rather expensive. One of the scholarships is the SANSOR bursary which provides financial assistance to needy students in South Africa.

It is available to only a specific group of students. If you’re looking to apply for it, learn who is and isn’t eligible for it. This article explains what the scholarship is all about, the eligibility criteria, and the application process.

About the SANSOR Bursary

The bursary is designed to assist students in completing their post-graduate education in the seed industry. The post-grad education can be either pursuing Honours, Masters, or Doctorate.

The scholarship offers full coverage of the tuition fees, including those costs that will go towards conducting research.

SANSOR stands for South African National Seed Organization. Established in 1989, it aims to prepare the future generation for the South African seed industry. The first seed industry group was formed in 1940, known as the South African Seedmen’s Association, and it contributes significantly to the seed development in the country.

SANSOR and other organizations are working towards the future of seed development, and this scholarship is a component of it.

The areas covered in the seed industry include the following:

  • Biotechnology
  • Entomology
  • Genetics
  • Horticulture
  • Molecular Plant Biology
  • Pasture Science
  • Plant Breeding
  • Agronomy
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Physiology

Besides education, the students are also exposed to real-life scenarios, which makes them job-ready. This is done through workshops and field trips to seed manufacturing facilities. Thus, they find it easier to land a job after graduating.

The scholarship is merit-based and limited. Furthermore, it is awarded for one year initially. It will only be renewed for the subsequent years if the performance for the first year is deemed satisfactory.

SANSOR Bursary Eligibility Criteria

Not everyone working towards a post-graduate degree is eligible for this scholarship. There are specific eligibility criteria laid out by the bursary management.

Before applying for the SENSOR scholarship, cross-check with all the eligibility requirements, which are the following:

  • Must be a South African citizen at the time of applying.
  • Must have completed an undergrad degree from a recognized university by the end of 2020.
  • They must have registered themselves to pursue a post-graduate degree like Honours, M.Sc, Ph.D., at a tertiary institute.
  • The subject must be in the field of seed development, as mentioned earlier. Other subjects like mathematics and accounting aren’t eligible.
  • Must not be receiving any other government funding for the program. It’s important to disclose information about any funding you might be receiving.

Once you’ve confirmed that you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for the scholarship.

How to Apply?

The application process for SANSOR bursary is simple and straightforward. If you’re eligible for the scholarship, you’re encouraged to apply for it.

Here are the steps involved in applying for the SANSOR bursary 2023:

Fill out Office Application Form

The first step is to download and fill out the SANSOR Bursary Application Form.

You can download a copy from the official website and fill it out. It asks questions about your personal and academic details. While they’re straightforward, it’s crucial to ensure accuracy.

You should provide the details as per the guidelines. It should be typed, and all the questions should be answered. If you’re unsure about any question, it’s advised to seek assistance rather than making vague assumptions.


Prepare Necessary Documents

The next step in the process is to prepare the necessary documents. The application requires these documents for verification and processing purposes.

Here’s a list of documents you need to gather:

  • South African valid ID card
  • Degree certificates (should be certified copies)
  • Gantt Chart -Timeline
  • Transcripts

You’re required to send these documents, along with the completed application form to this mail address:

Evaluation and Reevaluation

Your application will be evaluated, and the scholarship will be granted based on merit.

As already mentioned, the scholarship money is granted for one year only. For the next year, there’ll be a reevaluation. For this, you’d have to prepare and submit a progress report in the form of a thesis.

Closing Date

Currently closed for application. Please check back later for the updated opening and closing date of this bursary.

Contact Details

For any queries related to this scholarship program, please contact the SANSOR directly at:

Contact Person: Dr Magdeleen Cilliers (Policy and Research Officer)
Tel: 012 472 9512

Please do not send any questions after the closing date. View our other bursaries/scholarships open for application here:

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