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).
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.
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.
Requirements and eligibility
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.