SAAB (South African Association of Botanists) Scholarship 2021: Funding Available for Three (3) Botany Students

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About the SAAB (South African Association of Botanists)
The South African Association of Botanists, or commonly referred to as the SAAB, is an organization that strives to preserve the knowledge of Botany. The organization provides necessary support for all individuals who are upholding a profession in this particular field. The organization is home to a variety of botanical specializations and are based in an number of institutions all across South Africa.

The association recognizes the importance of removing barriers that are related to race, creed, sex, or class. The activities related to this field are conducted by people of all walks of life who share the same vision and mission of the SAAB. All members are active participants of botanical activities that are held in their respective Botanical departments and research centers. With an extensive range of academic and research-based initiatives in line, the SAAB is optimistic about the country’s future of Botany.

About the SAAB (South African Association of Botanists) Scholarship 2021
The South African Association of Botanists is offering scholarships to well-rounded students who display amazing academic achievements in the field of Botany. The SAAB (South African Association of Botanists) Scholarship is a grand opportunity for SADEC graduates who are studying towards a Honours level degree. Scholarships are open for students planning to become a member, or already a member of the SAAB.

There are three awards available for this year with a total value of up to R12 000. The scholarship is eligible for one (1) year of tertiary education. Three exemplary students will be entitled to the scholarship, provided they are studying in an accredited South African institution.

The SAAB is also extending their scholarships to MSc Degree students. This MSc Scholarship has a grand value of up to R40 000. During the first year, awardees will be entitled to R20 000. Should you maintain impressive academic progress during said year, you will be awarded with an additional R20 000 during the next academic year.

Eligibility Criteria
To be considered qualified for the SAAB (South African Association of Botanists) Scholarship, candidates must check themselves with the eligibility criteria. Each of these items below will determine whether you make a great fit for the programme. Failure to meet all of these criteria will cause disadvantageous consequences towards the overall result of your registration.

The SAAB (South African Association of Botanists) Scholarship Eligibility Criteria are as listed below:

  • Considered as an SADEC graduate
  • Possesses an academic average aggregate score of at least 70%
  • Pursuing their tertiary education at Honours level (or 4th year studies)
  • Studying towards a Botanically-related Science field
  • Enrolled in a South African tertiary institution
  • Planning to register, or already registered as a member of SAAB.

Note: candidates interested in the MSc Scholarship must have already have a credited BSc Honours Degree with at least 70% for their average aggregate scores. Candidates should also currently be a first-year student of their MSc education.

Application Instructions
Apply via email: [email protected] – SAAB (South African Association of Botanists) Scholarship 2021.

Candidates are required to download the Official Application Form to get started. Skim through the queries and fill in the boxes with the correct information. Candidates found to be providing false information on their application forms will be disqualified from the registration period.

Additionally, candidates must provide these following documents:

  • Your most recent CV (Curriculum Vitae) with at two referees included
  • A brief letter of motivation issued by your supervisor
  • Previous academic transcripts (certified)
  • One-page motivation regarding your proposed research that is relevant to the field
  • Information on all of the scholarships/bursaries your have you have registered for (including their funding amount).

All of these documents, including your application form, must be included in your submission. Failure to provide a complete application dossier will disqualify your registration.

Applications must be sent in PDF format to the aforementioned email address. Submissions made through other methods, such as fax or hand delivery, will not be entertained by the selection committee.

Closing Date
Applications for the SAAB (South African Association of Botanists) Scholarship must be submitted before the closing date on 26 February 2021.

The selection committee does not accept late applications. Candidates found to be sending in their applications past the deadline will not be acknowledged.

Announcements will only be made to shortlisted candidates on mid-March of the award year. Should you not hear back from the selection committee by then, we regret to inform you that you have not been accepted for the scholarship.

The South African Association of Botanists reserves all rights to make an appointment or not during the registration period. All decisions by the selection committee are final.

Committee Details
Do you have a question about the programme? Should you have any further enquiries regarding the SAAB (South African Association of Botanists) Scholarship, do not hesitate to reach out to Prof Stephen Boatwright through the provided contact information.

Email Address: [email protected]



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