2024/25 Beit Trust Postgraduate Scholarships in South Africa & United Kingdom
The Beit Trust is a charitable organization that was established in 1906 by Alfred Beit, a successful South African mining magnate, and his wife, Otto Beit. Its prior aim is to provide funding and support for the education of individuals in countries located in Southern Africa, specifically Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The trust initially targeted providing scholarships for students to study at universities in the United Kingdom and South Africa. Over time, the trust extended its programs to include funding for higher education within the African region. Today, it supports students furthering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a wide range of fields, including but not limited to medicine, engineering, agriculture, and social sciences.
The upcoming round of Beit Scholarships to be given is for the academic year commencing September 2024 for universities in the UK, and January 2025 for universities in South Africa. 2024/25 Beit Trust Postgraduate Scholarships in South Africa & United Kingdom
To be eligible for the 2024/25 Beit Trust Postgraduate Scholarships, applicants are required to have met the conditions below:
- By Act of Parliament, the Beit Trust supports ONLY students who are nationals of Zambia, Zimbabwe, or Malawi, who hold permanent residence, live there, and/or intend to return to their country after their studies.
- Applicants must be under 35 years of age on 31 December 2023. Relevant experience of work after completion of a first degree is strongly recommended and will count towards the award of a scholarship.
- Doctors and Vets should have completed 18 months of internship, and a one-year, preferably rural, posting in Zambia, Zimbabwe, or Malawi.
- The Trust cannot consider applications from those who have already begun a course.
- The Trust will only consider applicants with First Class/Distinction or Upper Second Class Honours degrees (or equivalent) at the undergraduate level.
MERITS OF SCHOLARSHIP
- Fees, tuition costs, and related academic expenses. These are paid by the Trust directly to the Partner Universities.
- 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 departure.
- Economy Class tickets are provided for the initial journey to the place of study, and on final return.
- No allowances are paid for spouses and other family members or dependents.
PROCEDURES FOR APPLICATION
Kindly confirm you have all the documents below ready to upload electronically. Once you start the application procedure, you must complete it, as you will not be able to save answers and return to it later. You will, however, be able to scroll through the form before you start to fill it in. You will be required to upload the following documents with your application:
- A signed Medical Certificate Form from your doctor. This will need to be ready before you begin the application process below. kindly download the form here: Medical Certificate Form
- A copy of your offer letter from a UK Partner University/s, or a PDF document detailing the university/s and course/s you will apply to at a South African Partner University/s.
- Degree results (incl. certificates of importance and full transcripts).
- Curriculum Vitae (CV).
- A personal statement to explain in your own words (no longer than 500) how you think a postgraduate degree will benefit your country and its development.
- A clear recent photograph of yourself: not a passport photo, but something that shows you to your best advantage.
- A clear copy of your valid passport, showing the date of issue and expiry. Please ensure it is valid for the duration of your proposed studies; and that sufficient blank pages are available to accommodate visa and travel stamp requirements.
Application Deadline: 19 February 2024.