2013 Prestige PhD Bursary Crops/Food Cluster in the University of the Free State, South Africa


School: University of the Free State/South Africa


Field(s): Crops/Food Cluster

Deadline: 21 September 2012

Beneficiaries:International Students including South Africa


  • Bursaries are offered per Cluster at R180,000.00 per annum for a maximum of three (3) years, to the most accomplished young and emerging researchers in the country.


  • The University of the Free State is offering two highly-desirable Prestige Bursaries for full-time doctoral study within the Strategic Academic Cluster: Technologies for Sustainable Crop Industries in Semi-Arid regions.


  • General considerations for selection
  • Proposed research of successful applicants will address the overall theme of a Cluster, within one of the Focus Areas of that Cluster. 

  • Successful applicants will demonstrate exceptional academic performance and intellectual potential.

  • The selected cohort will reflect the University’s equity and diversity imperatives, including those for gender, racial/cultural and intellectual diversity. 

  • Successful applicants will demonstrate potential to contribute to the creation of knowledge in their future academic career, including person-embodied knowledge in the form of postgraduate research supervision.

Selection criteria and contact details per Cluster are available here Selection process

  • The selection process will consist of: 
 Basic paper application screening
 Shortlist selection by relevant Cluster management
 Institutional panel interviews

Application details

Applicants must submit the following application package:

  • Completed application form and checklist Motivation letter, articulating the applicant’s career ambitions and scholarly orientation/ motivation, as well as details of her/his major scholarly/ academic accomplishments to date
  • Full Curriculum Vitae (CV) Abbreviated CV (2 pages max)
  • Short research proposal detailing the proposed doctoral research (NOTE: The format, clarity and content of your proposal will serve as an indicator of your ability to conceptualise and plan research, and must include a clear indication of how your proposed research will address the overall theme of the Cluster and Focus Area which you are applying for.)
  • Shortlist candidates will be notified should they be required to submit a full research proposal prior to their interviews. Full transcripts of academic records.
  • Copy of ID document (copy of passport in the case of non-South African applicants) Signed letters of recommendation from two academic references, including Master’s supervisor (on a letterhead, including full contact details of the reference) Optional: Signed letter of recommendation from current employer (on a letterhead, including full contact details of the reference)
  • Applications must be submitted electronically or via normal post/ courier to Mrs Eleanor van der Westhuizen. Click here to download the application form Electronic submissions (email or facsimile) and hard copies must reach email vdwesthd@ufs.ac.za OR fax number +27 (0)51 401 2096 by 21 September 2012.

Postal Address: 

  • Attention of Mrs Eleanor van der Westhuizen/ Ref: Cluster Prestige Bursary Application
Directorate Research Development – Steyn Annex 310
University of the Free State
PO Box 339
Bloemfontein 9300
South Africa

Physical delivery/ courier address:

  • Attention of Mrs Eleanor van der Westhuizen / Ref: Cluster Prestige Bursary Application
Room 310 Steyn Annex University of the Free State Bloemfontein Campus
South Africa
  • Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline dates will not be considered.

For more Information, please visit:

For informal/general enquiries

  • Contact Mrs Eleanor van der Westhuizen at telephone +27 (0)51 401 7077 or email vdwesthd@ufs.ac.za.

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