June 12, 2014

Beit Trust Scholarships for Students from Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe

Beit Trust Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: All fields
Course Level: Graduate (masters, research)
Provider: Beit Trust
Country to Study in: UK, Ireland, South Africa

Scholarship Description
The Beit Trust offers annually a small number of Scholarships abroad for postgraduate studies or research to graduates who are domiciled in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe (the beneficial area).

Scholarships are taken up at a university in the United Kingdom, Ireland or South Africa, for study in a subject of the individual’s choice appropriate to the needs of the beneficial area.

In addition, awards for a one-year taught Masters Degree are offered at the University of Leeds, known as the Beit-Leeds Scholarship (BL); at the University of Reading, known as the Beit-Reading Scholarship (BRG); and at Rhodes University, known as the Beit-Rhodes Scholarship (BRU).

To be eligible:
  • All applicants except medical and veterinary doctors must be under 30 years of age on 31 December of the year of application.
  • Some experience of work after completion of a first degree is desirable.
  • Doctors and vets must be under 35 years of age on 31 December and should have completed 18 months of internship and preferably a one-year rural posting in the relevant country.
  • hold at least a degree of class 2.1, i.e. Merit or Distinction
Eligible groups
African citizens from the countries of Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe

Participating Institutions
United Kingdom (Rhodes University, University of Leeds and University of Reading), Ireland or South Africa

Fields of study
All fields of study, appropriate to the needs of the beneficial area (see above), available at the participating institutions

Number of awards
Not specified by provider

Sponsorship duration
Duration is normally for a maximum of three years at the discretion of Trustees.

Scholarship benefits
The extent of a Beit Scholarship Grant is:
  • Fees and costs of tuition and related academic expenses are paid by the Trust direct to the universities.
  • Scholars receive a personal allowance, index linked in accordance with guidance from an independent authority covering maintenance support.
  • Other allowances are paid for arrival, a laptop and printing of a thesis, and return to Africa.
  • Economy Class air passages are met by the Trust for the initial journey to the place of study, and for the return at the end of the course.
  • No allowances are paid for spouses or other family members.
Method of Application
Prospective applicants, who must hold at least a degree of class 2.1, i.e. Merit or Distinction, should obtain details of the awards and application requirements from:-
  • Zimbabwe and Malawi: The Beit Trust Representative, P.O. Box CH 76, Chisipite, Harare, ZIMBABWE. Fax: 263 (0)4 494046. E-Mail: beitrust@africaonline.co.zw
  • Zambia: The Secretary, The Beit Trust, Beit House, Grove Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 5JB, ENGLAND. Fax: 044 (0)1483 725833. E-Mail: scholarships@beittrust.org.uk
Initial applications for scholarships can be made online:
  • Zimbabweans - download your application form using the link on the official website (link to it below). Zimbabwean applicants do not need to fill out an initial application form.
  • Malawians - download your application form using the link on the official website (link to it below). Malawian applicants do not need to fill out an initial application form.
  • Zambians - you need to fill out an initial application form using the online initial application link provided on the official website (link to it below). Applicants are urged to complete the online form as early as possible to establish whether they would qualify. If you do qualify, a form will be sent to you and you will be required to provide additional information and details. This information will include, but may not be restricted to, the following:-
    • A fuller application form
    • A medical certificate from your doctor
    • A certified transcript of your degree results
    • A certified document of evidence of residency (National Registration Card or birth certificate)
    • Updated CV of all work experience
Applications may be made from 1 April, but all original and certified documents must be received by The Beit Trust by 31 August 2014.

The Trust cannot consider applications from those who have already commenced their course.

Only those applicants who state that they intend to return to work in the relevant country upon completion of the scholarship, and who can, if short-listed, present themselves for interview before a Beit Scholarship Selection Board in Harare, Blantyre or Lusaka towards the middle of December, will be considered.

Selection is highly competitive, and only postgraduates with at least a Merit (equivalent to a good 2.1 from a UK university) in their first degree are likely to succeed.
The selectors favour practical and useful disciplines that are likely to offer a clear benefit to the beneficial area. Because of their high cost, MBAs and PhDs are very seldom awarded in the UK, but a taught MBA at the Universities of Cape Town is acceptable.

Application Deadline: 31 August 2014
Open to International students: No

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: List of Scholarships in Africa for Students

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