Frequently Asked Questions

Bursary Fund


Any citizen of South Africa, Swaziland or Zimbabwe who is studying a course related to agriculture at a recognised tertiary institution in South Africa can apply. Please note that students are only supported from their second year of study.

Any agricultural course relating to citrus production is valid, as well as courses related to the agricultural industry such as logistics, entomology etc.

All recognised Universities, Colleges or Universities of Technology are applicable. In the case of pure agricultural qualifications, the institution should preferably offer citrus production as a subject.

You can apply for a bursary by completing the online application form by following the relevant link on our homepage, or by visiting the “Apply for a bursary” page.

Applications are rated according to the following criteria:

1) Previously disadvantaged status

2) Appropriateness of field of study

3) Academic performance

4) Financial need

5) Background relation to the citrus industry

6) Gender (female candidates preferred)

7) Disability

The closing date for applications is 15 September of the year preceding the proposed year of study.

Successful candidates will be informed accordingly before the middle of December after the application was submitted. Please note that only successful candidates are notified, and therefore, if you have not received any notification, your application was unfortunately not successful.

The bursary can cover study-related expenses, including tuition fees, on-campus accommodation, research costs, books and stationery.

Bursary Fund students have to maintain a minimum D-average and may not fail any main subject outright. Undergraduate, certificate and diploma students have to perform a minimum of four weeks vacation work per year. All students are expected to work in the citrus industry on completion of their studies for a minimum period equal to the period for which they received support. Failure to adhere to the above will result in the student having to pay back the bursary money.

Citrus Academy is not an employer so we are not able to provide internships or experiential training to students. When a period of experiential training is required for one of our Bursary Fund students to complete their qualification, we assist the student with finding a placement at one of the citrus enterprises in the country. They are assigned a mentor who is there to guide them through the aspects of farming including financial management, agricultural practice, administration and production management.

Citrus Academy assists Bursary Fund students in finding suitable vacation work in line with their studies.