Durham University Scholarship

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Durham University Scholarship

  • Level of Study : Taught Master’s Degree programmes
  • Mode of study : Full time
  • Year of Entry : Applicants for programmes commencing in 2017 / 18
  • Programs : All programs

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. Southern Africa is defined for this purpose as comprising the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Scholarships make an important contribution towards social, educational and economic development in the region. In addition to their value to individuals they have wide developmental impact, within and beyond southern Africa.

Ruth First Scholars have played positive leadership roles in their communities and are chosen for their active commitment to good causes, as well as for their academic ability.

Many former Ruth First Scholars now hold important positions in the public and private sectors in southern Africa, and have become inspirational role models for young people.

Geographical Criteria

Applicants must be a national of one of the following countries :

  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Republic of South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe 

Durham University Scholarship Eligibility

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 program ), 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.

The Trust aims to award the Scholarship to individuals who not only have the academic and personal qualities to enable them to complete and benefit from a postgraduate course, but who will also act as positive ambassadors for their home countries in Durham and put their enhanced knowledge and skills to good use for the benefit of the societies to which they return in Africa.

Scholarship Details

  • Duration : One year
  • Restrictions : The Trust cannot provide additional support for dependants, nor for travel during the period of the Scholarship.
  • Number of awards available : 1 ( one )
  • Full payment of tuition fees
  • Stipend for living expenses – 12 monthly payments
  • one return air ticket from the home country to the UK and the cost of return travel between the UK airport and Durham City
  • Fully funded accommodation and meals at St Chad’s College
  • ‘Settling in allowance’ on arrival
  • a contribution to the cost of sending belongings home before departure.

Durham University Scholarship Application Form

The Application form will be available from the official website of https://www.dur.ac.uk/. The  Application form will be accepted from 27th January, 2017.

Information about the application process can be found on the Ruth First Educational Trust website.

Durham University Scholarship Important Dates

  • Applications accepted from : 27th January, 2017.
  • Application deadline : 9th March, 2017
  • When candidates will hear the outcome of their application : July, 2017