MSC Bursary In Plant Breeding Sugarcane Research At South African Sugar Association

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29 Jan, 2018

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Bursaries in South Africa

To promote innovation in South African sugarcane agriculture, the South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI) hosts a dynamic post-graduate programme on the SASRI campus in Mount Edgecombe, KwaZulu-Natal.

The research is conducted under the supervision of SASRI scientists who are affiliated with several leading South African universities, including the University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Pretoria, and the University of the Free State and Stellenbosch University.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • BSc or BSc Hons in Plant Breeding, Genetics, Crop Science, Horticulture and Agronomy with a minor in Statistics.
  • Strong academic background in the fields of genetics, plant breeding, quantitative genetics, and statistics.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of statistical data analysis using statistical software and experimental design are essential. However, further practical training will be provided.
  • Possess critical thinking and analytical skills as well as the ability to work in a diverse team.

What the Bursary Offers:

  • This post-graduate bursary offers tuition fees and board and lodging on-site at our Sugarcane Research Institute in Mount Edgecombe.
  • The successful candidate will be based at SASRI (Mount Edgecombe) and will register with one of the South African Universities

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:

  • Ability
  • Critically review scientific literature
  • Write a scientific research paper
  • Analyse data and provide recommendations


  • Analysing data and providing recommendations
  • Preparing and presenting a research proposal
  • Working with field trials


  • Plant Breeding or Genetics at Honours level
  • Statistical research methods applicable to Plant Breeding or Genetics research

The South African Sugar Association (SASA) provides a diverse range of highly specialized services to the South African sugar industry and our activities are funded in the main by the sugarcane growers and sugar milling companies.

Our mission is to provide specialist services that enhance the profitability, global competitiveness, and sustainability of the South African sugar industry.

Employer & Job Benefits

Our highly sought after post-graduate bursary/research programme offers tuition fees

board and lodging on-site at our Sugarcane Research Institute in Mount Edgecombe together with a monthly stipend of R5000 and numerous other benefits.


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