Medical Bursaries and Surgical Scholarships

The Beit Trust offers annually a substantial number of bursaries intended to assist a range of students and young professionals, both African and British, to undertake work or studies of benefit to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Beit Bursaries for Junior Doctors (BBJD)

Beit Bursaries for Junior Doctors

A grant may be provided to selected British junior doctors and surgeons undertaking a voluntary working secondment of at least six months duration at hospitals in the Beit beneficial area.  Volunteers who choose to work in Zimbabwe are offered larger grants.

Please direct initial enquiries to the Secretary at, using the linked application form.

We will consider applications twice a year. Please time your enquiries to arrive before 1 May or 1 October of the year in question. Any application reaching us after those deadlines will only be considered at the next relevant date.

Beit Bursaries for Medical Electives (BBME)

A grant may be provided to selected 4th-year medical students at British universities undertaking medical electives of at least six unbroken weeks at one hospital or clinic in the Beit beneficial area.  Grants are focused on those who aim to contribute to the work of busy, over-stretched hospitals/clinics.  Medical researchers, and those who are unwilling to be actively hands-on, will not be selected.  Volunteers who choose to work in Zimbabwe are offered larger grants.

Initial enquiries should be directed to the Medical Schools Council, (, which arranges a Beit annual grant allocation programme culminating in the selection of at least 20 students in February each year.

Beit COSECSA Surgical In-Country Scholarship

In 2010, the Trust established a five-year trial scheme to offer in-country Beit-COSECSA postgraduate surgical scholarships to one surgeon per year from Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. This has now expanded to cover 4 surgeons from each country, for a total of twelve. These scholarships are undertaken at selected teaching hospitals in the Beit beneficial area, in accordance with medical protocols established by the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).

The personal stipend The Beit Trust pays should cover the costs of registration, enrolment, exam fees, travel to COSECSA seminars and graduation costs. Membership of COSECSA may be gained after 2 years study (MCS), with Fellowship after 5 years (FCS). For details of how to apply, please contact the COSECSA offices in Arusha, Tanzania. For further information visit their web site at 

Please note that a separate selection and sponsorship mechanism applies for COSECSA.  You may obtain these details either directly from:  

COSECSA Scholarships Secretary, ECSA-HC, P.O Box 1009, Arusha, Tanzania. Tel: 0025527254 9362.

Or from Professor Krikor Erzingatsian.

PLEASE NOTE: do not use the COSECSA applications for general scholarships, as your application will not be attended to.

Beit Student Support Fund in South Africa (BSSF)

The universities of Cape Town, Rhodes, Stellenbosch and the Witwatersrand each administer Beit grants provided for the relief of serious financial hardship among high-grade students from Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi undertaking long courses in South Africa. This emergency fund is for food, rent, medicine and other necessities. It is not for the payment of academic fees, and is normally limited to students identified by their tutors. The universities involved choose and administer the support fund themselves, to established criteria.


The Beit Trustees may from time to time sponsor other deserving applicants in response to specific needs.  Initial enquiries should be directed to the Secretary at

Gap year funding will not be considered.