Grants and Funding

Ruth First Scholarships for Southern Africans at Durham University

Durham University
Masters Degree

Deadline: 1 March 2015 (annual)
Study in:  UK
Course starts Sept 2015

Brief description:

The aim of the Ruth First Educational Trust is to enable southern African students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake postgraduate study at the University of Durham.

Host Institution(s):

University of Durham, UK

Field of study:

Any Taught Masters Degree Programme offered at the University

Number of Awards:

One (1)

Target group:

Nationals of one of the following countries:  Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The scholarship covers the full payment of tuition fees, stipend for living expenses (12 months), one return air ticket to Durham City from home country, fully funded accommodation and meals at St Chad’s College, settlement allowance, and a contribution to the cost of sending belongings home before departure


Applicants should:

• hold a relevant honours degree of sufficient standard to be admitted to your chosen Master’s course (further conditions apply to the MBA programme), and

• not hold a Master’s degree, nor have previously studied at a university outside southern Africa, and

• show evidence of active involvement in and commitment to voluntary work for the benefit of causes such as rural or urban community development; young people or educational projects; charitable organizations; health or AIDS awareness projects; student welfare or guidance. If you have a paid job that involves working in such areas, you should show evidence of leadership and commitment beyond the requirements of the job.

Application instructions:

Do not submit a formal application to Durham University in the hope of winning the Ruth First Scholarship. Only the  successful candidate will complete the University application process once the Trust has made its selection and consulted the Department concerned. Completed application forms and supporting document must be sent to Ruth First Education Trust by 31 March 2015.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship and to access the online application form.


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