Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Graduate (honours, masters, PhD)
Provider: Canon Collins Trust
Country to Study in: UK, South Africa
The key aim of the Graca Machel Scholarship Programme is to help provide the female human resources necessary for economic, social, and cultural development in the Southern African region and to develop an educated and skilled workforce that can benefit the wider community.
Canon Collins Trust manages this scholarship on behalf of the Graça Machel Foundation. It is generously supported by the Sol Plaatje Educational Trust, MacSteel International, and SASOL.
UPDATED SCHOLARSHIP CALL: Graca Machel Scholarships
To apply you must be:
- a woman
- a national of and resident in one of the SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
- in possession of a good first degree or about to graduate in the year of application
This scholarship is for women who have experienced significant struggle in their life and who have sought to overcome those barriers, be they related to gender, disability, poverty, age or racial discrimination.
Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to women on the basis of academic/professional merit, financial need, intended academic programme, leadership potential and commitment to work for constructive change in Africa. Applicants must have at least two years relevant work experience.
Female citizens of Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Any approved university in South Africa
Fields of study
Health, Education, Science & Technology, Economics & Finance, Development
Number of Awards
Sixty (60) scholarships are awarded annually
All scholarships are for postgraduate study, either for one academic year if based in the UK or for two years if based in South Africa.
The scholarship includes full tuition, stipend, mentoring and other support for Honours, masters and PhD study at South African universities.
Method of Application
Are you eligible? Ineligible applications will not be considered. Applicants must apply to their chosen universities separately and awards are conditional on the applicant being offered a place at the relevant university.
This year, 2013, the Canon Collins Trust will be combining the application process for the Canon Collins Scholarship and the Graça Machel Scholarships for Women. You need to apply only once to be considered for both (if eligible) of these scholarships.
See this page to apply for the Scholarships for Postgraduate Study in South Africa. Deadline is as shown below. Please keep a record of your registration email and application title. This will help the Canon Collins Trust if you have mistyped your email whilst registering.
You may also download the Guidelines Notes for details. For the most current, detailed and complete application details, visit the official website (see link below).
The application process normally opens in June and closes in August, for study commencing in January the following year. For study in South Africa, the application deadline is every August 3 and courses will start February of the following year. For study in UK, the application deadline is every December 3 and courses start September/October of the following year.
When the application process is closed the application system will not be accessible via the Canon Collins Trust website. Please do not submit applications using old forms – these will not be processed.
Applicants wishing to pursue postgraduate study in South Africa may also apply for a Canon Collins Scholarship. This scholarship is open to both men and women. [NOTE: This year, 2013, Canon Collins Trust will be combining the application process for the Canon Collins Scholarship and the Graça Machel Scholarships for Women.]
For all scholarships queries, please first see the official scholarships page and the FAQ page (via link below). If you can’t find the answer to your query there, then contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline: 4 August / 3 December 2013
Open to International students: No (ONLY women from SADC countries)
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