Citrus Academy warmly invites passionate individuals to apply for their prestigious Citrus Academy bursary program, emphasizing their commitment to nurturing talent and empowering future agricultural leaders. This opportunity is ideal for those driven by a profound love for agriculture and seeking to make a meaningful impact in the industry.

By joining the Citrus Academy community, applicants can take the first crucial step toward realizing their academic aspirations while contributing to the vibrant citrus industry of South Africa.

Citrus Academy Bursary Overview

  • Support System: The Citrus Academy provides crucial support for students pursuing agricultural-related degrees at tertiary institutions across South Africa.
  • Mission: Their mission is to provide bursary support that enables access to quality education in the agricultural sector.
  • Financial Assistance: Through various financial assistance initiatives, the Citrus Academy aims to cultivate the next generation of agricultural leaders and innovators.
  • Empowerment: Bursary programs are designed to empower students to pursue their academic ambitions while contributing to the growth and sustainability of the citrus industry.
  • Invitation: Prospective individuals are encouraged to join the Citrus Academy in their commitment to nurturing talent and promoting excellence in agriculture..

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the Citrus Academy Bursary Program, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Citizenship: Must be a citizen of South Africa, Swaziland, or Zimbabwe.
  • Enrollment: Must be studying full-time or part-time at a registered tertiary academic institution in South Africa.
  • Field of Study: Must be engaged in a field related to citrus production or research.
  • Academic Year: Must be going into the second year of study or above.
  • Career Interest: Must be interested in pursuing a career in the citrus industry.
  • Compliance: Applicants must ensure they comply with the terms and conditions of the Bursary Fund agreement.

Citrus Academy Bursary Funding Coverage

  • The bursary provided by the Citrus Academy can be used for various expenses related to a student’s studies.
  • Allowable Expenses: This includes tuition fees, accommodation costs, meal expenses, purchases of books and stationery, and research costs (applicable to postgraduate students only).
  • Partial Bursary: It’s important to note that the bursary is partial and not fully-funded, meaning it covers a portion of the expenses rather than the entire amount.
  • Flexibility: The funding can be utilized to support different aspects of the student’s academic journey, providing flexibility in managing educational expenses.

Application Process

  • Application Period: Applications for the following academic year are open annually from 1 June to 15 September.
  • Online Application: Applicants must complete an online application; faxed, emailed, or mailed applications will not be considered.
  • Documentation: Alongside the application, applicants must submit a copy of their ID document and their latest academic results.
  • Instructions: It’s crucial to carefully follow all instructions on the application form.
  • Evaluation Process: After the closing date, applications undergo evaluation using a weighted scoring system, and rankings are determined.
  • Postgraduate Applications: Postgraduate applications are reviewed by leading citrus researchers and academics, emphasizing the importance of providing detailed research project and supervisor information.
  • Adjustment of Funding: The amounts applied for may be adjusted to ensure equitable funding distribution and risk management.
  • Shortlisting and Approval: Top applicants, along with current Bursary Fund beneficiaries seeking to continue their studies, are shortlisted and submitted for approval.
  • Notification: Efforts are made to inform students of their application outcomes by mid-December, with the latest notification by mid-January.

Additional information

  • Bursary Agreement: Successful candidates must sign a Bursary Agreement, committing them to adhere to stringent academic standards and the Citrus Academy Code of Conduct.
  • Work Obligation: Each Bursary Fund recipient is required to work back time in the citrus industry upon completion of their studies, equivalent to the duration of support received from the Bursary Fund.

Related: SANRAL Bursary Program 2025

The Citrus Academy Bursary Program is a gateway to a promising career in the agricultural sector, offering invaluable support to aspiring students. By joining this program, students can gain the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to become leaders in the citrus industry. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a community dedicated to excellence and sustainability in agriculture.

Apply now and take the first step towards a brighter future.