Medical Bursaries and Surgical Scholarships

The Beit Trust offers annual bursaries to assist young professionals, both African and British, to undertake work or studies in the medical field of benefit to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. 

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Beit Bursaries for Junior Doctors (BBJD)

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.

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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 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.


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

Beit Hardship Fund in South Africa

The universities of Cape Town, Rhodes, Stellenbosch and the Witwatersrand each administer Beit grants provided for the relief of serious financial hardship among high-performing 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.

Faith ChavulaUniversity of The Witwatersrand
Name: Faith Chavula
Subject: Humanities
Country: Malawi

Dear Beit Fund Trustees,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity in funding the Hardship accommodation. I am very honoured to be one of the recipients for this award.

I am currently a master’s student, majoring in Organisational and Institutional Studies in the faculty of Humanities under the school of Social Science.

Receiving this accommodation fund has helped me to focus on my studies more without worry of a place to stay which has also contributed to the improvement of my grades and morale.

Thank you very much for this opportunity!

Yours sincerely,
Faith Chavula

Rufaro ChibandaUniversity of Cape Town
Name: Rufaro Chibanda
Subject: Honours in Information Systems
Country: Zimbabwe

Dear Beit Student Support Fund

Thank you very much for the generous Student Support Donation you awarded me on the 7th of June 2021 of the value of 11000 Rand. Due to your donation, I will be no longer feel inferior due to lack of food and clothing because of lack of funds. It has made it easier to complete my Honours studies comfortably.

I really appreciate what you have done for me, with a single parent one needs an extra hand financially and what you have given me is more than that. I honestly appreciate your help, my progress in school is reflecting the help you gave me.

Again, thank you very much for your generous donation. I am and will forever remain grateful.

Sincerely, Rufaro Chibanda

Lewis Tendai MbokoStellenbosch University
Name: Lewis Tendai Mboko
Subject: Bachelors of Commerce (Honours)
Country: Zimbabwe

Dear Beit Trust

I am writing this letter to express my sincere gratitude to you for making my dreams a reality.  I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honour at the beginning of the year, and I am deeply appreciative of your support.

I am a Postgraduate Economics student with a key focus on Development Economics.  I hope to become a Development Economist upon graduating from Stellenbosch University and change the economic narrative of a lot of impoverished African countries.

The financial assistance you provided was of great help to me in paying my living expenses, and it allowed me to concentrate more of my time on studying.

Thank you again for your generosity and support.  I promise you I will work very hard in the future and eventually give back to others, both as an Economist and possibly give a scholarship to future students like myself.

Sincerely, Lewis Tendai Mboko

Cyndrella SibandaUniversity of The Witwatersrand
Name: Cyndrella Sibanda
Subject: Bachelor of Law
Country: Zimbabwe

Dear Beit Trustees

I am grateful for The Beit Trust with what words could never express.  Often times we find ourselves crippled from productivity because of being occupied with thoughts of where we will one stay especially in a foreign country as an international student. It is real, it is the type of anxiety that sits and dwells inside a person.

I am so grateful for what you have done for me. The assistance I got from you with accommodation for this year 2021 simply reads to me, ‘you are not alone. We get it. We believe in your success.’ I have managed to be able to focus on my academics and performed well in most of my courses, thank you for your assistance.

Thank you so much for believing in my education prospects. I am inspired and motivated to change lives just as your project has been doing.

Cyndrella Sibanda.


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