Beit Trust Postgraduate Scholarships
In 2021, the Trust awarded 18 Scholarships at British and South African universities, by means of generous academic partnerships with leading institutions.
Beit Trust Scholarships are for Postgraduate degrees only. We do not provide scholarships for undergraduate work and our postgraduate focus is on Master’s Degrees.
We do not offer scholarships for Ph.D. research ab initio. Only under exceptional circumstances, and for Beit scholars of outstanding merit, will the Trustees consider extending support to Ph.D. level.
The Trust does not consider applicants for MBAs.
The next round of Beit Scholarships will be awarded for the academic year beginning September 2022 for universities in the UK; and January 2023 for universities in South Africa.
This application process is now open. Please read the Eligibility Requirements below before attempting to apply. The Trust will only consider applicants who are both eligible and qualified to apply.
Please note that Scholarships for the academic year beginning January 2021 at South African Universities have already been awarded.
- By Act of Parliament, the Beit Trust supports ONLY students who are nationals of Zambia, Zimbabwe or Malawi, who hold permanent residence, live there and/or intend to return to their country after their studies.
- Applicants (except medical and veterinary doctors) must be under 30 years of age on 31 December 2021. Relevant experience of work after completion of a first degree is strongly recommended and will count towards the award of a scholarship.
- Doctors and Vets must be under 35 years of age on 31 December 2021. They should have completed 18 months of internship, and a one-year, preferably rural, posting in Zambia, Zimbabwe or Malawi.
- The Trust cannot consider applications from those who have already begun a course.
- The Trust will only consider applicants with First Class/Distinction or Upper Second Class degrees (or equivalent) at undergraduate level.
Beit Joint University Partnerships
The Beit Trust has partnership agreements with the universities below. This enables the Trust to share costs, and to increase the number of scholarships it can fund. For this reason, only applicants with acceptances from the universities listed below will be eligible for Beit Trust Scholarships. Applicants must first apply to, and be accepted by, a Beit Partner University before applying to the Trust for a scholarship.
The universities offer a one-year taught Master’s in the UK; and a two-year taught Master’s in South Africa. Both have a research dimension and the applicant must have obtained Honours (First or Upper Second or equivalent) at undergraduate level.
There are seven Partner Universities in the United Kingdom:
- Glasgow: Bio-medical disciplines only
- Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford
- St Andrews: Computer science only
- Strathclyde: Engineering disciplines only
There are currently three Partner Universities in South Africa:
- University of Cape Town (UCT)
These partnerships allow us to award joint scholarships, e.g. Beit-Cambridge, Beit-UCT, etc., and may change from time to time.
New Scholarship Opportunities
THE BEIT-BLAVATNIK-WADHAM SCHOLARSHIP AT OXFORD
In partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government and Wadham College, the Beit Trust is offering a Master in Public Policy (MPP), an intensive one-year postgraduate degree for current and future leaders. The successful scholar will study at the Blavatnik School of Government and be accommodated at Wadham College for the academic year.
For further information please visit www.bsg.ox.ac.uk. You should apply directly to the Blavatnik School of Government, via their website.
Eligibility requirements and the application process are the same as for other Beit Scholarships.
THE BEIT-ST ANDREWS SCHOLARSHIP IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
In partnership with the University of St Andrews in Scotland, the Beit Trust is offering two Masters Scholarships (MScs) in Computer Science. Each is a one-year residential course.
For further information please visit www.st-andrews.ac.uk. You should apply directly to St Andrews via their website.
Eligibility requirements and the application process are the same as for other Beit Scholarships.
What does a Beit Trust Postgraduate Scholarship Cover?
- Fees, tuition costs and related academic expenses. These are paid by the Trust direct to the Partner Universities.
- A personal allowance, index-linked in accordance with guidance from an independent authority, covering maintenance support.
- Other allowances are paid for arrival, a laptop and departure.
- Economy Class tickets are provided for the initial journey to the place of study, and on final return.
- No allowances are paid for spouses and other family members or dependants.
- The Trust will also address any expenses that may arise in 2022/23 as a result of residual Covid protocols.
How to apply for a Beit Postgraduate Scholarship
For UK Partner University applications:
- Make your application for admission directly to one or more of the Partner Universities listed above, and only to those universities. Please apply via their websites, which will guide you.
- Notify the relevant university, as part of your study application, that you will be approaching the Beit Trust for scholarship funding.
- As long as the course/s you wish to pursue are available, you may apply to more than one Partner University at a time. Indeed, we recommend you do so, to increase your chances of acceptance, and to broaden the scholarship opportunities available.
- Once you have an offer from your chosen Partner University, you should apply as early as possible to The Beit Trust for a scholarship.
- Your application, with all the supporting documents, must be uploaded via the Scholarship application link, below in green.
- You need three referees: Academic, Character and Employer (as appropriate). They have separate and individual forms, the link for which must be forwarded to them by you, the applicant. The link becomes available once you have submitted your scholarship application form electronically.
- We prefer referees to use the link provided in the application form. If, however, they can only provide their reference by email, please forward them the relevant forms, which you can download below.
The completed forms must be returned directly from the referee via email to email@example.com
For South African Partner University applications:
Due to the South African University application process opening after our Scholarship application deadline of 11 February 2022, we will accept scholarship applications for South African Universities for the year 2023/2024 without a confirmed offer.
Please follow steps 3 to 7 above. Where you are asked to upload your university offer letter, please provide instead the details of the course/s and university/s that you will be applying for, in PDF format. Your scholarship application will then be considered alongside the applicants for UK universities, as part of the same entry year cohort.
The Trust will sift your application as part of our selection process. If you are successful and shortlisted for an interview, you will go to the relevant Beit Trust national selection Board.
If you are then offered a scholarship from the Trust – and not all those selected for interview receive an offer – you will then need to apply for entry to a South African Partner University (as set out in our website). You may indicate in your application that you have been awarded a Beit Scholarship.
Should you get an offer, we ask that you submit it to us as soon as you receive it. Should you not be successful in obtaining an offer, the scholarship will not, unfortunately, be available to you.
The deadline for application for a Beit Trust Scholarship for UK and South African Universities is 11 February 2022.
- The Trust will shortlist the most qualified for interview by our national selection boards in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The boards sit during March each year.
- Resources are limited and the scholarship process competitive. Not all those interviewed will be selected for a Scholarship.
- But an interview is essential to selection. Please ensure that you are able to attend if you are invited to an interview.
- The Trust will notify those selected for interview of the date, time and place. Subject to Covid protocols, we will inform you whether interviews will be in person or via Zoom.
- The Trust will give particular weight to those who have:
- – work or other professional experience;
- – demonstrated a capacity to become leaders in their field;
- – chosen a degree of direct and practical relevance to the development of their country;
- – stated an intention to return to their country at the completion of their degree.
Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application.
Documents needed to submit with your application
Please ensure you have all the documents below ready to upload electronically. Once you start the application process, you must complete it, as you will not be able to save answers and return to it later. You will, however, be able to scroll through the form before you begin to fill it in.
You will be required to upload the following documents with your application:
- A signed Medical Certificate Form from your doctor. This will need to be completed before you begin the application process below. Please download the form here: Medical Certificate Form
- A copy of your offer letter from a UK Partner University/s; or a PDF document detailing the university/s and course/s you will apply to at South African Partner University/s.
- Degree results(incl. certificates of importance).
- Curriculum Vitae(CV).
- A personal statement(no longer than 500 words) to explain in your own words how you think a postgraduate degree will benefit your country and its development.
- A clear recent photograph of yourself: not a passport photo, but something that shows you to your best advantage.
- A clear copy of your valid passport, showing date of issue and expiry. Please ensure it is valid for the duration of your proposed studies; and that sufficient blank pages are available to accommodate visa and travel stamp requirements.