June 25, 2013

David and Elaine Potter Fellowships for South Africans

David and Elaine Potter Fellowships for South African Students

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Graduate (masters, PhD)
Provider: The David and Elaine Potter Foundation
Country to Study in: South Africa

Scholarship Description
The David and Elaine Potter Foundation has established a Fellowship Programme to support excellent South African students who intend to contribute to civil society in South Africa, by leveraging their educational advantage in any discipline.

Whilst in the past the Foundation made occasional grants to individuals, today it focuses its support on organisations and institutions. Thus, its Fellowship Programme at the University of Cape Town. Each year it offers a number of scholarships to high achieving students to enable them to pursue their studies - a requirement of the grant is that they share their research within the university and use it to contribute to wider society.

A strong civil society holds national and local government accountable; enhances democratic institutions and the quality of life of its citizens and helps strengthen and sustain economic, civil and legal rights.

Applications are invited from suitable candidates who intend to commence with full-time Master’s and Doctoral studies at the University of Cape Town in 2013. Only candidates with a final Honours degree mark of 65% and above are eligible to apply.

Selection criteria:
The Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

Eligible groups
South African students who intend to contribute to civil society in South Africa. Thoughtful men and women, who are excited by the prospect of helping to lead South Africa into an ever more successful future are invited to apply for these Fellowships.

Participating Institution
University of Cape Town, UCT, in South Africa

Fields of study
Any field of study will be considered. The fellows’ disciplines include engineering, humanities, business studies, economics, politics, law and the sciences. In addition to their academic work fellows take part in postgraduate and public seminars, develop leadership skills, and participate actively in community initiatives.

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
The tenure of the award will be for the first and second years of the Master’s degree and for the first, second and third years of the Doctoral degree.

Renewal of awards is not guaranteed and all renewals will be contingent on the individual student’s satisfactory academic progress and on the availability of funds. Successful candidates are expected to complete their degrees within the above time frames.

Scholarship benefits
The scholarship values include:
  • Doctoral Fellowship Value – R130,000
  • Master’s Fellowship Value – R90,000 (1st year) and R95,000 (second year)
Note: The above values include seminar and travel allowances for which conditions apply.

Method of Application
Applicants for the David & Elaine Fellowship Programme will be required to complete the D & E Potter Fellowship Programme Application Form – (available from the UCT Postgraduate Funding Office or official site - link below).

You may want to download andread the 2013 David and Elaine potter fellowships advert (pdf) at UCT.

Complete applications, including the required letter of application, essays, transcripts, academic references, etc must be submitted to: The Director; Postgraduate Funding Office; University of Cape Town – Private Bag; Rondebosch 7701 by no later than 15 September 2013.

Late, incomplete, or inappropriate applications will be disqualified.

Only applications from candidates who are studying outside of the Western Cape will be considered in the 2nd years of Masters or Doctoral study – and for the 3rd year of Doctoral study.

Application Deadline: 15 September 2013
Open to International Students: No (for South Africans)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: http://www.pottertalks.org/fellowship

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