Sasol Agriculture Trust Bursary Scheme

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Bursary Details

The Sasol Agriculture Trust aims to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the South African agricultural industry and provides support for enterprise development projects and emerging farmers.

The Trust also supports initiatives aimed at enhancing education and training programmes for farmers and the agricultural industry at large.

In consideration of grain’s large contribution to food security in South Africa, the Trust has a particular focus on the sustainability of grain production in the country.

Following extensive engagement with Grain SA, as well as other agricultural stakeholders, Sasol identified the Trust as an opportunity to increase its contribution to a sustainable agricultural industry.

The Sasol Agriculture Trust is administered by independent Trustees for the benefit of the South African agricultural community.

For further details about the Sasol Agriculture Trust Bursary Scheme, kindly contact Marilette Maritz at L&L Agricultural Services (the Administrators of the Sasol Agriculture Trust) electronically via

Candidate Requirements

Applicants are invited to apply for postgraduate bursaries with Sasol Agriculture Trust to further their studies within the agricultural industry.

The basic requirements for application of a bursary with Sasol Agriculture Trust are:

  • Applicants must be South African citizens.
  • Applicants must be admitted to study full time with the institution of their choice.
  • Sasol Agriculture Trust bursaries are only awarded to Masters and Doctoral studies.
  • The field of study must be relevant to the South African agricultural industry.
  • Successful applicants may not be in receipt of alternative funding from alternate sources.
  • The proposal for the dissertation/thesis must be approved by Sasol Agriculture Trust before commencement with the studies.
  • Upon application, the Trust requires:
    • a) A completed application form,
    • b) A certified copy of a South African identity document/passport,
    • c) Updated curriculum vitae,
    • d) The latest academic transcript/record on an official letterhead,
    • e) Proof of registration and a fee statement (if available).
  • A formal bursary agreement is to be concluded with Sasol Agriculture 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 Sasol Agriculture 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 can be provided to the supervisor either by the student or upon request.
  • Applicants will be expected to work in the South African agricultural industry for the same period for which a bursary was awarded.
  • Annual bursary amounts will be determined by Sasol Agriculture Trust each year.
  • Closing date for bursary application submissions is 30 September of every year.


Conditions of Bursary

  • 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.
  • An application for a bursary does not obligate Sasol Agriculture Trust to award an applicant 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 Sasol Agriculture Trust within the 8 weeks from the closing date, applicants may accept that their 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 Sasol Agriculture 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.

How to Apply

  • 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.