The Maize Trust Bursary


The Maize Trust

Reg no. IT8214/98


The Maize Trust was founded in August 1998, after the closure of the Maize Board, to promote the South African maize industry. The Trust serves the industry through financial support for institutions and organisations with programmes aimed at market and production related research. The secondary objective of the Trust is to fund the assimilation and dissemination of market information and to broaden market access for the benefit of the maize industry.

The mission of the Maize Trust is to facilitate the continuous improvement of the entire maize industry in South Africa, to ensure that the industry becomes the leader in the region and that it is internationally competitive.

The Trust comprises of six Trustees and are appointed for a term of two years. Three of these Trustees are appointed by specific maize industry sectors, while the other three Trustees are selected by the Minister for Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.

Since its establishment, the Maize Trust has granted a large amount of money to a variety of organisations and institutions involved in research, development and information programmes in the South African maize industry. The Maize Trust currently funds most of its transformation projects through the Maize Trust Bursary Scheme, Farmer Development Programme of Grain SA, SAGRA and by means of the late Grain Farmer Development Association (GFADA).

Terms and Conditions

Applicants are invited to apply for postgraduate bursaries with the Maize Trust to further their studies within the maize industry.

The basic requirements for application of a bursary with the Maize Trust are:

  • Applicants must be South African citizens.
  • Applicants must be admitted to study fulltime with the institution of their choice.
  • The Maize Trust bursaries are only awarded to Masters and Doctoral studies.
  • The field of study must be relevant to the South African maize industry.
  • Successful applicants may not be in receipt of alternative funding from alternate sources or accept any other study related funding except with the explicit prior permission of the Trust.
  • The proposal for the dissertation/thesis must be approved by the Maize Trust before commencement with the studies.
  • Upon application, the Maize Trust requires:
    • A completed application form,
    • A certified copy of a South African identity document/passport,
    • Updated curriculum vitae,
    • The latest academic transcript/record on an official letterhead,
    • Proof of registration and a fee statement (if available).
  • A formal bursary agreement is to be concluded with the Maize Trust should a bursary be awarded.
  • A supervisor for the study programme must be designated by the University where the study will be undertaken and must be approved by the Maize Trust.
  • It is the responsibility of the Student to inform the Supervisor that he/she will be required to register with the particular Bursary Scheme on our website. The URL address thereof may be provided either by the student or upon request.
  • Applicants will be expected to work in the South African maize industry for the same period for which a bursary was awarded.
  • Annual bursary amounts will be determined by the Maize Trust each year.
  • The closing date for bursary application submissions is 30 September of every year.
  • This bursary will ONLY fund Applicants registered for Masters by Dissertation or Doctoral qualifications.
  • Only Applicants who apply by the specified date, have completed the application form and submitted all necessary supporting documents will be considered.
  • Applications will not be processed unless the Legal Undertaking (Section E), on this Application form, has been completed and signed by the applicant concerned.
  • Application for a bursary does not obligate the Maize Trust to award a student a bursary, nor does it guarantee that any bursaries will be awarded.
  • Telephonic interviews with shortlisted applicants will be conducted.
  • Applicants will be notified of a successful outcome within 8 weeks of the closing date.
  • Should applicants not receive correspondence from the Maize Trust within the 8 weeks from the closing date, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.
  • The initial instalment of the bursary is payable in January of each year.
  • All bursary awards are conditional upon receipt of a positive report from the student’s supervisor.
  • Continued receipt of the bursary is dependent on a favourable supervisor’s progress report/s and the acceptance of the bursary holder’s progress report by the Maize Trust indicating how the recipient is progressing with his/her studies.
  • Applicants will be expected to submit a hard and soft copy of the completed thesis/dissertation on completion of their studies, which will be posted on relevant industry websites.
  • Masters by Dissertation:
    • Bursaries totaling R99 750,00 per annum, for two years, in respect of MSc Applicants.
    • Bursaries will only be paid out according to the submitted
      and approved progress reports by both the student and their supervisor.
  • Doctoral Research:
    • Bursaries totaling R131 250,00 per annum, for three years, in respect of PhD Applicants.
    • Bursaries will only be paid out according to the submitted and approved progress reports by both the student and their supervisor.

Policy and Procedure Preamble

The Maize Trust acknowledges its responsibility to the South African maize industry to make a contribution towards ensuring that sufficient graduates address the relevant functional areas affecting the industry. For this reason, the policy and procedures for the awarding of bursaries has been developed to ensure that the Maize Trust’s Bursary Scheme will enable the Trust to play a role in increasing the availability of appropriately qualified scientists and professionals within the maize industry and that this process is managed equitably and in a transparent manner.

Policy and Procedure

  • The policy will apply to the Maize Trust Bursary Scheme and it will hereinafter and in general be referred to as “the
  • The evaluation and approval of applications for bursaries will be handled by the Trustees of the Maize Trust.
  • Students who enrolled for a tertiary qualification, at a tertiary institution that is recognised by the Maize Trust, will be allowed to apply for the bursary.
  • Students in receipt of the bursary will have to collaborate with a supervisor who is subject to the approval of the Maize Trust and the University.
  • All recipients of the bursary must submit quarterly progress reports to the Maize Trust, together with quarterly progress reports from the relevant supervisor until completion of the study.
  • All progress results of the student shall be directed to the Administrators of the Maize Trust in writing (email) and will be treated by the Maize Trust as confidential.
  • Failure to pass a semester or year course can result in the cancellation of the bursary.
  • Failure, as referred to above, will result in the student repaying the full amount of the bursary as was awarded up to that point in time. Interest at prime overdraft rate will be calculated as from the date of failure until repayment.
  • Students will be expected to submit a hard and soft copy of the completed thesis/dissertation on completion of their
    studies to the Maize Trust.
  • After completion of a student’s course, the student must work for a maize industry related organisation or institution in the RSA for a period equivalent to the period for which the bursary was awarded.
  • Failure to work for an industry related organisation or institution, as approved by the Maize Trust, will affect an immediate repayment by the student of such amount(s) as the student had received.
  • Interest at prime overdraft rate will be calculated as from the date of non-compliance until the actual date of repayment. The student will be exempt from repayment of such portion of the amount(s) pro rata to the period for which the student has been employed.
  • The Trust reserves the right as custodian of the bursary to change the policy, as and when it deems it necessary, and this may be done without prior notification.

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