Stellenbosch University Department of Genetics MSc Bursary

About Stellenbosch University Department of Genetics

The Department of Genetics was established in 1898 when the Stellenbosch College of Agriculture was founded on the outskirts of the village of Stellenbosch. This organization consists of an interdisciplinary group of researchers and postgraduate students who focus on research opportunities in a plant, animal, and human genetics.

The Department of Genetics’ primary objective is to cultivate an environment wherein Genetics as core science can serve as a basis for the creative development of human resources to be an advantage to an individual, the greater society, and the environment as a whole. In order to achieve this, the Stellenbosch Department of Genetics is committed to providing quality research, creative teaching, and excellent and responsible service delivery to both the community and environment.

MSc Bursary: Stellenbosch University Department of Genetics

The Stellenbosch University Department of Genetics is looking for an intelligent student who is willing to take up the challenge of investigating olive lace bugs and olive flea beetles in order to determine how they affect olive trees in South Africa. The perfect candidate will be awarded a bursary that will allow him/her to pursue an education in Genetics or any other related fields of study.

The goal of the project is to produce new information regarding the diversity of olive lace bugs and olive flea beetles, their natural enemies and distribution in the Western Cape of South Africa, using DNA-based and morphological methods.

Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

In order to be considered for this bursary, the applicant must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria:

  • South African citizen
  • Display competitive academic record
  • Studying within one of the aforementioned fields of study
  • Possess a valid driver’s license

How to Apply and Application Details

A complete application must consist of:

  • A motivational letter stating why you are deserving to be awarded a bursary (must be no longer than two pages)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae (must be no longer than two pages)
  • At least two recommendation letters from academics who have taught and/or supervised the applicant within the past two years

Applications must be sent via email to Dr. Barbara van Asch at the email address:

Send the email with the following in the email subject line:  Stellenbosch University Genetics Department MSc Bursary Application – Your Name”.

Closing Date

31 December 2019

Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted. Please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.

Contact Details

For any queries regarding this bursary program, please get in touch with the Stellenbosch University Department of Genetics directly:

Contact Person: Barbara van Asch, Ph.D. (Senior Lecturer)
Tel: +27 (0) 2| 808 5834

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