Only for full time students.

The South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) Foundation is inviting interested learners to apply for bursaries in the field of Food Science and Technology. The SAAFoST Foundation is offering bursaries for matriculants to participate in full time study, awarded on the basis of academic merit, employment equity, and demonstrated potential.


The selection of candidates is based on the following criteria:

  • Preference will be given to matriculants who excel academically and / or demonstrate potential.
  • Admission requirements include a FETC (G) [Further Education & Training Certificate (General)], or recognised equivalent, with an achievement rating of at least 5 in both Mathematics and Physical Science. Life Science is recommended.
  • Final selection will take the National Benchmarking Test results, or equivalent, carried out by the relevant South African Tertiary Education institution, into account.
  • Applicants must be enrolled for full time undergraduate study for a first degree or diploma in the field of Food Science and Technology at a South African Tertiary Institution.
  • In order to re-qualify for the bursary in subsequent years, the applicant must be in a position to complete his / her chosen study programme within the prescribed period of the relevant Tertiary institution or the following period:
    Undergraduate Degree (up to BSc Hons) – 4 years
    B. Tech Degree – 5 years
    Diploma – 4 years
  • Applicants must be South African citizens who have been resident in South Africa for at least 3 years prior to application.
  • Applicants will be required to provide a written personal statement of not more than 1 A4 page outlining how their education and training in the field of food science and technology will make a positive difference in their lives and in the scientific community.
  • Applicants will be required to submit a reference that speaks of the applicant’s character. The reference letter will be written by someone who has known the applicant in a learning capacity for at least 3 years.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the SAAFoST Foundation, whose decision is final and binding.

Bursary package

The bursary includes financial assistance for the following:

  • Actual tuition fees levied by the tertiary institution as per a statement of account issued by the institution in the name of the student up to a maximum of R35 000.00 per annum. The payment is made directly to the Tertiary institution in two instalments – the second instalment being subject to satisfactory results in the first semester.

Bursary conditions

  • The student will be required to sign a contract as acceptance and agreement to the conditions outlined below:
  • Granting of bursaries is not automatic and SAAFoST Foundation reserves the right not to award a bursary.
  • Only students who apply within the specified date and have completed the required application forms and whose registration has been accepted by a university will be considered.
  • Applicants must register as members of SAAFoST within the first three months of registration at the tertiary institution of choice and must become and remain active members of SAAFoST for the duration of study.
  • The student will be required to provide the SAAFoST Foundation with a six monthly report and exam results outlining the highlights of the year’s study including participation in SAAFoST activities.
  • The bursary will at the sole discretion of the SAAFoST Foundation be converted into a loan repayable in equal installments, as determined by the SAAFoST Foundation , at the prime rate of interest if, without formal permission of the SAAFoST Foundation:
    • The student terminates or interrupts (incl. changing courses) his / her studies,
    • The student does not complete his / her studies within the period stated above
    • The student fails any year or semester of study.
  • Should the recipient not successfully complete all of the stipulated courses in any bursary year or not successfully complete any outstanding subjects as supplementary examinations prior to the commencement of the following academic year, then at the sole discretion of the SAAFoST Foundation the bursary may be suspended for the following year with the proviso that, should the recipient successfully complete all of the courses in that subsequent year including any carried over courses from the previous year, then the SAAFoST Foundation will refund to the recipient, all suspended tuition fees and the bursary shall then continue as before, however, no repeated courses, subjects, or modules shall be paid for by the SAAFoST Foundation.


Download the application form in Adobe PDF format or MS Word format.

Closing date for applications: 30 September
Review period: October
Award announcement: November

Ensure that you provide the following with your completed application form:

  • A head & shoulders passport size photograph of yourself
  • A certified copy of your ID book or RSA passport
  • A certified copy of your Grade 11 final examinations and last Grade 12 examinations (Part B and C) Achievement Rating of 5 or 60-69% in Mathematics and Physical Science
  • Personal Statement (Part D)
  • Reference Letter (Part D)
  • The Applicant’s National Benchmarking Test/ Potential Test results from the relevant Tertiary institution

The awarded bursary will be administered by the SAAFoST Foundation, in liaison with the Student Liaison Representatives at each academic institution.

Completed Applications must be FAXED OR E-MAILED to the SAAFoST Membership Development Officer and a HARDCOPY of the application must also be mailed to the address below:
SAAFoST Membership Development Officer
PO Box 35233
Menlo Park
Tel: (012) 349 2788
Fax: (086) 698 4784
E-mail: saafost.irene@telkomsa.net

Award recipients

Bursary Recipient University Bursary Type Bursary Duration Qualification
Rohde Binneman Free State Undergraduate 2018
Masego Ntlele Johannesburg Undergraduate 2018
Nomthandezo Msimango Johannesburg Undergraduate 2018 – 2019
Karabo Mokone Pretoria Undergraduate 2018
Lucy Purdon Pretoria Matric 2018 – 2021
Faseeha Mukadam Pretoria Matric 2018 – 2021
Anja Steyn Pretoria Matric 2018 – 2021
Nthabiseng Mokoena Tshwane Part Time 2018 – 2019
Kayla Morrison Stellenbosch Matric 2018 – 2021
Anika van der Mescht Stellenbosch Undergraduate 2018 – 2019
Natasha Simpungwe Stellenbosch Undergraduate 2018 – 2019
Marbi Schwartz Stellenbosch Undergraduate 2018 – 2019
Clearance Ndubane Tshwane Undergraduate 2017 – 2019
Adriana Du Plessis Pretoria Undergraduate 2017 BSc Hon
Dewarld Uys Pretoria Undergraduate 2017 BSc Hon
Maikemisetso Thabakgale Johannesburg Undergraduate 2017 BTech
Kgomotso Modike Johannesburg Undergraduate 2017 BTech
Sushmita Maharaj Durban Matric 2017 – 2020
Kayla Steyn Stellenbosch Undergraduate 2016 – 2017
Paula Smit Stellenbosch Undergraduate 2016 – 2017
Delia Meyer Stellenbosch Matric 2016 – 2019
Rochelle Keet Stellenbosch Undergraduate 2016 – 2017
Annette Grobbelaar Stellenbosch Matric 2016 – 2019
Clarice Gomes Stellenbosch Undergraduate 2016 – 2017
Courtney v d Westhuizen Pretoria Undergraduate 2016 – 2017
Sylvia Mnisi Johannesburg Undergraduate 2016 BTech
Shanece Ramkisson Durban Undergraduate 2016 BTech
Tremaine Naiker Durban Undergraduate 2016 BTech
Moniska Claassen Cape Peninsula Undergraduate 2016 – 2019
Christine van Niekerk Stellenbosch Undergraduate 2015 BSc
Stephanie Phelps Stellenbosch Matric 2015 – 2018
Caroline Bursey Stellenbosch Matric 2015 – 2018
Jani Bisshchoff Stellenbosch Matric 2015 – 2018
Ndamulelo Phongo Johannesburg Undergraduate 2015 – 2016
Minenhle Khoza Johannesburg Undergraduate 2015 BTech
Nonsikelelo Nkomo Durban Undergraduate 2015 – 2016 BTech
Tumisang Leso Tshwane Undergraduate 2014 – 2017
Kirstin Mapstone Stellenbosch Undergraduate 2014 – 2015 BSc
Alexandra Rust Stellenbosch Matric 2014 – 2017
Celia Walters Stellenbosch Matric 2014 – 2017
Kayla-Ann Jordaan Stellenbosch Matric 2014 – 2017
Lindsay Hogg Pretoria Undergraduate 2014 BSc Hon
Tumelo Shokwe Johannesburg Undergraduate 2014 – 2015 BTech
Felix Bekker Stellenbosch Undergraduate 2013 – 2014 BSc
Emma Phillips Stellenbosch Matric 2013 – 2016 BSc
Nomzamo Dlamini Pretoria Matric 2013 – 2016 BSc Hon
Mzwanele Stoto Cape Peninsula Undergraduate 2013 – 2015 BTech
Francois Olivier Stellenbosch Undergraduate 2012 – 2013 BSc
Carin-Marie Engelbrecht Stellenbosch Matric 2012 – 2015 BSc
Sizo Msipha Pretoria Matric 2012 – 2015 BSc Hon
Nabilah Luckan Cape Peninsula Matric 2011 – 2014 BTech
Bianca Lee King Pretoria Matric 2011 – 2014 BSc Hon
Lesego Molatlhegi Stellenbosch Matric 2011 – 2016 Nat. Dip
Fiona Rolstone Stellenbosch Undergraduate 2011 – 2012 BSc
Lindie van Wyk Pretoria Matric 2010 – 2013 BSc Hon
Claire Kirkby Stellenbosch Matric 2010 – 2013 BSc
Kara Muller Stellenbosch Matric 2010 – 2013 BSc
Stephanie Bosman Stellenbosch Undergraduate 2010 – 2012 BSc
Adrian Thorne Pretoria Matric 2009 – 2012 BSc
Suhina Ramsuraj Durban Matric 2008 – 2011 BTech
Nandi Strachan Stellenbosch Matric 2008 – 2011 BSc
Liezel Hugo Cape Peninsula Matric 2007 – 2010 BTech