The area of food science and technology has an important role to play in a nation’s well-being. A nation needs young food scientists and technologists who can step in and bring about improvements in this field. To support young minds that are inclined towards this area, the SAAFoST offers part-time bursary.
If you have a passion to pursue career as a food scientist or technologist then this bursary program can assist you.
The South African Association of Food Science and Technology was established in the year 1960 in Cape Town. At present, it consists of 3 active centers located in Cape Town, Durban, and Gauteng. It is a non-profit organization that is run by volunteers. The SAAFoST has around 2000 members across Southern Africa.
The aim of this establishment is to enhance and increase the knowledge base of food science and technology through scientific research, publications, workshops, seminars, etc. To manage and administer the bursaries, SAAFoST has established a SAAFoST foundation.
About SAAFoST Part-time Bursary Program:
The SAAFoST provides 3 kinds of bursaries to the students who are passionate towards the field of food science and technology; Matriculant bursary, Undergraduate bursary, and Part-time bursary.
In this article, we shall shed light on the part-time bursary of SAAFoST.
The part-time bursary is available to the fully paid up members of SAAFoST who wish to study part-time towards a BSc Hons or B.Tech qualification. This bursary is awarded to students on the basis of their academic merit.
This part-time bursary covers the tuition fees of the students up to an amount of R35 000. The fee is paid directly to the tertiary institution where the student is enrolled. SAAFoST disburses the fee in 2 installments on the basis of the student’s performance.
Students applying for the part-time bursary are required to fulfill the following eligibility criteria. If students are not able to meet the set criteria their applications may be rejected by the organization.
Be a citizen of South Africa
One must be a residing in South Africa for minimum 3 years before applying for the bursary
Students must be studying towards part-time food science (BSc Hon) and Technology (B.Tech)
Applicant must have completed Matric
Applicant must be enrolled at a recognized tertiary South African institution
Students with strong academic potential and results will be preferred
One must be a full paid up member of SAAFoST at least 12 months before the application of the bursary
How to apply for the Bursary?
Students can apply for the bursary by completing the SAAFoST Part-Time Bursary Application Form.
Applicants also need to submit copies of the following documents. If any documents are missing, the application will not be accepted by the SAAFoST.
Certified ID document or passport
Up-to-date academic record
Passport-sized photo (only head and shoulders)
Certified copy of BSc or National Diploma certificate/results
A personal statement of 1 page, stating how your education in the field of food science and technology will impact your life and the scientific community
Registration proof at the tertiary institution
Applications must be submitted in the following ways:
Students must mail one copy of the application and supporting documents to the SAAFoST Membership Development Officer at [email protected] Students must remember to insert the line “SAAFoST Part-Time Bursary Application” in the email subject line.
One must also post a hard copy to:
SAAFoST Membership Development Officer
PO Box 35233
Students will receive the bursary for 2 academic years provided they complete the course within the stipulated time
Those pursuing B.Tech qualification and BSc Hons must complete their studies within 2 years
The SAAFoST foundation has the right to award a bursary or decline one.
Students in receipt of the bursary must submit a half-yearly report and exam results along with their participation details in the activities of SAAFoST.
If a student fails in a semester/year, terminates the studies, or leaves it incomplete then the bursary will be converted into a repayable loan.
Bursary applications will be reviewed in January and February 2022. Recipients will receive the bursary confirmation in February 2022.
The last date of application is 15 January 2022
Students can contact SAAFoST directly for any query related to the bursary