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Prof Anna Verster
(1931 - 1994)


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Dr Wilhelm Neitz
(1906 - 1979)


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WO Neitz Memorial Scholarship



Wilhelm Neitz Memorial Scholarship in Parasitology for postgraduate study abroad


The late Prof. Anna Verster, whose entire professional career was devoted to Veterinary Parasitology, repeatedly expressed concern that financial constraints might prevent young South African parasitologists from studying abroad. Under the stipulations of her will, the Wilhelm Neitz Memorial Trust (Who was Dr Wilhelm Neitz?) was created to assist South African nationals or permanent residents for post-graduate study in parasitology (not only in the veterinary field) at institutions abroad. The following students have received the award:


2023: Emily Emsley (NWU)

2022: Not awarded

2021: Quinton Dos Santos (UJ)

2020: Not awarded

2019: Not awarded

2018: Not awarded

2017: Thomas Morris

2016: Luther van der Mescht (SU)

2015: Not awarded

2014: Not awarded

2013: Nina du Toit (SU)

2012: Not awarded

2011: Not awarded

2010: Not awarded

2009: Kerry Hadfield (UJ)

2008: Not awarded

2007: Courtney Cook (UJ) 

2006: Not awarded

2005: Maryke Coetzee (UJ)






Applications should include the following:

  1. A curriculum vitae.

  2. A certified academic record, including undergraduate studies.

  3. Detailed outline of the field of study or research project and how this international study, workshop or course will benefit the parasitology component of the applicant’s study.

  4. Letter of support from current or most recent academic supervisor.

  5. Details of how the proposed study will be financed.

  6. Proof of additional funding, or at least a list of potential funding sources that the applicant has applied to, should be provided.



  • The award is for honours, masters, doctoral and post-doctoral studies.

  • The postgraduate students must be registered with a university in South Africa.

  • The applicant must be a PARSA member.

  • The international study abroad is specifically for visits to international institutions and not for conference attendance (unless the conference falls within the visit period).

  • The international visit will need to be within the year of application (within 12 months from the award date).

  • As the amount available will not cover the total costs of the international visit, it is imperative that applicants should seek and provide evidence of other sources of funding.



  • Payment will only be made when proof of acceptance by a tertiary education institution abroad is furnished.

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • The recipients of these awards will be required to submit a written report (with four to five photos) within two months after their return from travel or completion of training, which will be published in the next PARSA newsletter.

  • The evaluation committee reserves the right not to award the scholarships if, in their opinion, the applications do not warrant it.

  • The decision of the council is final, and no correspondence concerning the decision will be entered into.


Applications should be addressed to:


Prof Kgomotso P. Sibeko-Matjila

Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases

University of Pretoria

Private Bag X04



South Africa


Tel: +27 (0)12 529 8402



The trustees are the President of the Parasitological Society of Southern Africa (ex officio) and one of the lecturers in Parasitology at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria (nominated by the Dean). 


The deadline for applications is 30 April every year.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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