Grants and Funding


About Citrus Academy

The CGA Group of Companies work towards the common purpose of serving the members of the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa. 

About the Bursary Fund

Citrus Academy Bursary Fund

One of the ways in which the Citrus Academy Bursary addresses the challenges faced by the Southern African citrus industry, is by creating and maintaining a steady flow of educated and qualified young people into the industry; young people who are excited about forging long and happy careers in the industry.

Citrus fruit growing is a vital component of the South African agricultural sector. The Citrus Academy is a non-profit company that functions under the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa (CGASA). It aims to establish opportunities for human resource development in the sector, which is based largely in the Western Cape.

This includes creating a forum to address issues specific to the citrus industry, including skills shortages, employment equity, and black economic empowerment (BEE), while also being representative of transformation in the sector.

Citrus Academy is not an academic institution. We offer bursary support to students studying towards
agricultural-related qualifications at tertiary institutions in South Africa.

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Citrus Academy Bursary Programme for citizens of South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

DEADLINE: 15 September 2022

NOTE: Citrus Academy is not an academic institution. They offer bursary support to students studying towards agricultural-related qualifications at tertiary institutions in South Africa.

What Does the Bursary Cover

The Citrus Academy Bursary Programme provide funding to cover tuition, accommodation, meals, books and stationery, research costs (postgraduate students only), and other expenses related to a students’ studies.

Student Obligations

Successful candidates are required to sign a Bursary Agreement which obligates them to adhere to strict academic standards and to commit to the Citrus Academy Code of Conduct

Citrus Academy Bursary
Citrus Academy Bursary

Every Bursary Fund student also has to work time back in the citrus industry on completion of his / her studies, at least equal to the period of time that he / she received support from the Bursary Fund.

Failure to satisfy these requirements will lead to the application getting disregarded. As for the selection criteria, the bases are the following:

  • Academic record
  • Disability status
  • Field of study
  • Gender
  • Proven financial need
  • Relevant background to the citrus industry
  • Status of being previously disadvantaged

Application Process

  • Applications for the following academic year are open from 1 June to 15 September every year.
  • To apply to the Bursary Fund, an online application must be completed. Please note that the Bursary accept only online applications, and no faxed, emailed or snail-mailed applications will be considered.
  • In addition to completing the application, you need to submit a copy of your ID document and your latest academic results.
  • Be sure to follow all the instructions on the application form very carefully.
  • After the closing date, applications are listed in a database, scored according to a weighted scoring system, and ranked.
  • Postgraduate applications are sent to leading citrus researchers and academics in different fields who score applications in terms of importance and priority. Please note that it is essential for postgraduate applicants to provide sufficient detail of their research project and supervisor in order to facilitate this process.
  • Once all scoring has been completed, the top applicants are shortlisted together with current Bursary Fund beneficiaries who wish to continue their studies.
  • The amounts applied for may be adjusted in order to ensure equitable funding and to manage risk.
  • The shortlist is then submitted for approval and funding is secured.
  • Every effort is made to inform students before the middle of December about the success of their applications. At the very latest students will be informed by the middle of January.
Citrus Academy Bursary
Citrus Academy Bursary

Click here to visit the official site of the Citrus Academy Bursary Programme


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