Citrus Academy: Bursaries 2025


Citrus Academy invites South African students to apply for Bursary Programme 2025 academic year.

Bursary Application Closing Date: 15 September 2024

Bursaries will be awarded for studies within Agricultural courses relating to citrus production or research.

The bursary will provide cover for the following expenses: tuition fees, prescribed books, stationery, accommodation, meals and research costs (for postgraduate students), as well as other study-related expenses. The bursary will provide partial cover – it does not provide full funding.

Bursary recipients will be required to sign a Bursary Agreement with Citrus Academy. They will also be required to adhere to certain academic standards and commit to the Citrus Academy Code of Conduct.

After graduation, bursary recipients will be required to work within the citrus industry, as part of the “work back service contract”. The period of work will be equal to (as a minimum), the period of bursary funding received (ie. 1 year of work for 1 year of funding).


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • You must be a citizen of South African, Zimbabwe or Swaziland
  • You must have completed Matric
  • You must be studying full time or part time, towards a qualification in a field related to citrus production or research
  • You must be entering your 2nd year or higher year of study in 2025
  • You must be studying at a recognised and accredited tertiary institution in South Africa (Universities, Colleges or Universities of Technology)
  • You must be interested in pursuing a career within the citrus industry
  • You must meet all the criteria within the Citrus Academy Bursary Agreement (.pdf)

Candidates will be selected based on the following main criteria: previously disadvantaged status, relevant field of study, academics, financial need, background relation to the citrus industry, gender (female students will receive preference) and disability (students living with disabilities are encouraged to apply).

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online at: Citrus Academy Bursary Application 2025

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation with your online application (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Passport or ID document, if a citizen of Zimbabwe or Swaziland
  • Secondary education results (certified copy)
  • Most recent tertiary academic record (certified copy)
  • Motivational essay explaining the following: why you wish to study further, your background in the citrus industry, how you will give back to the citrus industry and citrus enterprise when you have completed your studies (max 500 words)
  • Details of your proposed research project (postgraduate students)


  • Applicants will receive a notification after their application has been successfully submitted.
  • After the bursary has closed for application, candidates will be scored according to a weighted scoring system, and ranked.
  • Postgraduate applications will be scored in terms of importance and priority, by citrus researchers and academics in various fields. Postgraduate students must provide details of their research project and supervisor in order to facilitate this process.
  • After the scoring process is complete, top candidates will be shortlisted alongside current bursary recipients who will be continuing their studies.
  • Shortlisted candidates will then be submitted for approval and thereafter funding will be secured.
  • Successful candidates will be informed between the middle of December 2024 and the middle of January 2025. If you not receive any feedback, please regard your application as unsuccessful.

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