Ruth First Educational Trust Scholarship: Inviting Southern African Students

Deadline: 9 March 2017

The Ruth First Educational Trust is seeking applications for its Scholarship program 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.

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.


  • 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


One year

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

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should:

  • hold a relevant honors degree of sufficient standard to be admitted to your chosen Master’s course (further conditions apply to the MBA programme),
  • not hold a Master’s degree, nor have previously studied at a university outside southern Africa,
  • 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 applicants have a paid job that involves working in such areas, applicants should show evidence of leadership and commitment beyond the requirements of the job.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Ruth First Scholarship.

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