FoodBev SETA invites public universities to apply for Postgraduate Research and Innovation Bursary Programme, on behalf of students, for the 2022/ 2023 financial year.
Bursaries will be awarded for studies towards a Doctorate (Ph.D.) or Master’s degree, related to the Food and Beverages Manufacturing value chain.
The bursary was formed as a response to the research and development requirements of the food and beverages manufacturing sector in the country.
The bursary will provide cover for the following expenses, subject to the availability of funds:
- Masters students: registration fees, tuition fees, research costs, and study material, up to a maximum value of R120 000 (for the entire duration of studies), based on the evaluation outcome of the student’s approved research topics. Bursary recipients will also do coursework.
- Ph.D. students: tuition fees, and costs associated with the research undertaken, up to a maximum value of R150 000, for the entire duration of studies, based on the evaluation outcome of the student’s approved research topics.
Bursary recipients will be required to submit a progress report at the end of each academic year, which must be signed off by the supervisor.
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 or permanent resident
- You must be registered to study towards a Ph.D. or Masters’s degree qualification for the 2023 academic year
- You must be studying at a recognized public university in South Africa
- Masters students: your research topics must be endorsed by your supervisor and be relevant and responsive to the food and beverages manufacturing value chain
- Ph.D. students: you must have an approved Research Proposal by the university, with clear timeframes and an estimated year of completion (the expected timeframe for completion of a Ph.D. is 2 to 5 years from the current academic year for reporting purposes by the SETA)
- You must NOT be receiving any other bursary funding (this must be confirmed by the University Bursary Office)
- Preference will be given to students from previously disadvantaged groups
How to apply
The application form must be completed and submitted to your University Bursary Office, along with the supporting documents listed below. Students must NOT apply to FoodBev SETA directly – Universities will apply on students’ behalf.
Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):
- ID document (certified copy: not older than 6 months)
- Proof of registration for the 2023 academic year
- Ph.D. students: approved research proposal (including research costs) with confirmation from the recognized tertiary institution
- Master’s students: approved research proposal (including research costs) with confirmation from the recognized tertiary institution and research topic endorsed by the supervisor
- University’s Tax Clearance Certificate
- A signed declaration of intent, progress reports, and results to FoodBev SETA officials (signed by the applicant and supervisor)
The Bursary Application closing date is 17 February 2023