The David and Elaine Potter Fellowships for South African Students

The David and Elaine Potter Fellowships for South African Students 

The scholarship is available to students from any African country, who apply to take either the MPhil in International Relations & Politics, or a PhD in the field of governance or human rights.

Eligible Fields of Study: MPhil in International Relations & Politics, PhD in any field of governance or human rights.

David and Elaine Potter Fellowships Award

About the Award : The David and Elaine Potter Foundation is a charitable family foundation established in 1999 to encourage a stronger, fairer civil society.

It supports the ideals of a rational and humane world, and seeks to achieve an impact through grants that promote reason, education, and human rights, in the hope of improving mutual understanding, reinforcing good governance, and encouraging the growth and maintenance of a robust civil society, particularly in less developed countries.

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation has been involved with the Department of Politics and International Studies ( POLIS ) since a £2 million benefaction in 2008 led to the establishment of the David and Elaine Potter Lectureship in Governance and Human Rights. The Foundation and the University agreed that the Lecturer should focus particularly on Africa and serve as the Director of a new interdisciplinary Centre.

Since 2015 – 16 the Foundation has also co-funded, with the Cambridge Trust, scholarships for three African students in POLIS. The funds support one PhD student whose research is focused on governance and human rights, and two students taking the MPhil in International Relations and Politics.

David and Elaine Potter Fellowships Eligibility

  • significant academic achievement and potential
  • financial need ( although some scholarship programmes are based on academic merit alone )

Number of Awardees : 3. one PhD, two MPhil students

Value of Scholarship : 

  • University tuition fee
  • Annual stipend ( sufficient for a single person )
  • Contribution towards travel expenses

Duration of Scholarship : Complete duration of course

David and Elaine Potter Fellowships Application

No separate application is required for this scholarship. Applicants are required to complete the funding section of the graduate application form via the Applicant Portal when they are applying for their studies.

Applicants for the David & Elaine Fellowship Program will be required to :

  1. Complete the D & E Potter Fellowship Program Application Form ( available from the Postgraduate Funding Office or from Url : http://www.uct.ac.za/apply/funding/postgraduate/applications/.
  2. Submit a letter of application to the address given below. It is important to note that the letter of application must provide a summary of the applicant’s intended role in civil society and must briefly describe the applicant’s involvement in the community to date.
  3. Attach a full curriculum vitae which elaborates on past and current community involvement and leadership roles.
  4. Attach certified copies of all academic transcripts. Please do not attach copies of certificates.
  5. Provide letters of reference from Two Academics who have taught and / or supervised the applicant. These references should be attached to the application in sealed envelopes.
  6. Provide proof that they are or will be accepted by the relevant academic department at UCT Submit an essay of at least 2, 000 words on their intended role in civil society.
  7. Submit an approved research proposal for the PhD degree ( PhD candidates only ). Successful applicants will be required to undertake to comply with the Conditions of Award which include the planning and organising of at least one seminar based on the study being undertaken.

Complete applications, including the required Essays, transcripts, academic references, etc must be submitted to the following address by no later than  September 

The Director,
Postgraduate Funding Office,
University of Cape Town – Private Bag,
Rondebosch 7701.
Email id : pgfunding@uct.ac.za.
Telephone :
021 – 650 – 5065.
Fax : 021 – 650 – 4352.