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Beit Trust Scholarship South Africa and United Kingdom 2024 – 2025



Beit Trust is an independent charity, focused on people and communities within Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The organization has been active since 1906, where the Trust was established by financier and philanthropist, Alfred Beit.

To date, Beit Trust funds more than £2.5 million a year in grants to the region, providing support to more than 100 Beit Scholars at universities in the UK and South Africa. The organization also cnducts regional training for surgeons from Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

In 2023, Beit Trust awarded more than 20 scholarships to British and South African universities with the aid of generous academic contributions from leading institutions.


The Beit Trust is inviting students to apply for their bursary programme for the 2024/ 2025 academic year. Scholarships will be granted for the academic year commencing in September 2024 (for UK studies) and January 2025 (for South Africa studies).

The scholarship award is targeted at Malawian, Zambian, and Zimbabwean students engaging in Postgraduate, Masters Degree programmes. The scholarship will be awarded to these students, allowing them to study at any of the organization’s partner universities in South Africa or the UK. The partnership agreement with these universities allows the organization to share costs and ensure that deserving students receive the scholarship award.

Beit Trust’s partnered universities include:
United Kingdom:

  • Blavatnik School of Government
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Oxford
  • University of St Andrew’s
  • University of Strathclyde Glasgow

South Africa:

  • Rhodes University
  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Pretoria


How the scholarship award works:
The universities will offer the successful candidate a one-year taught Master’s within the United Kingdom, and a two-year taught Master’s within South Africa. Both Masters programmes will include a research dimension, meaning that the candidate must have completed an previous Honours programme.

Expenses covered by the scholarship award:

  • Academic expenses, fees, and tuition costs (this will be paid directly to the universities)
  • A personal allowance aimed at covering maintenance support (this will be index-linked, with the help and guidance from an independent authority)
  • Other allowances to cover costs such as laptop, arrival, and departure
  • Economy class air travel tickets

Please note: No allowances will be paid for candidate’s spouses, family members, and/ or dependants.


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • You must be a national, permanent resident of Malawi, Zambia, or Zimbabwe
  • You must intend to return to your home country after completing your studies
  • You must be no older than 35 years on 31 December 2023
  • You must have relevant work experience (advantageous)
  • You must have obtained an Honours ( First/ Upper Second/ equivalent) at an undergraduate level
  • You must have completed a First Class/ Distinction or Upper Second Class Honours degree/ equivalent at an undergraduate level
  • You must be planning to study a postgraduate (Masters) degree at one of the above partner universities
  • You must NOT be currently engaging in studies
  • You must have completed an 18 month internship and one-year posting in (preferably rural) Malawi, Zambia, or Zimbabwe (applicable to Doctors and Vets)
  • You must have applied and been accepted to one the aforementioned UK universities (applicants for South African Universities may apply without a confirmed offer)



Applications must be submitted online at: Beit Trust Scholarship Application

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your application (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • A clear, recent photograph of yourself (please ensure that this is not a passport photo, but rather one that showcases you at your best)
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Your degree results (this must include full academic transcripts and certificates of importance)
  • A copy of the offer letter from a UK partner university OR
  • A PDF document detailing the university and courses you will apply to in South Africa
  • A copy for your valid passport, showing the date of issue and expiry
  • A personal statement (no more than 500 words) explaining how a postgraduate degree will benefit your country and its development
  • A signed and completed medical certificate from your doctor (download the medical certificate form here)
  • 3 letters of reference (see notes below – these are only required after applying for the scholarship)



  • All documents must be ready to upload electronically.
  • Signed Medical certificates will need to be completed before the application process.
  • Your passport must be valid for the duration of your studies and there must be a sufficient amount of blank pages to accommodate visa and travel stamps.
  • Once you have commenced the application process, it must be completed as you will be unable to save answers and return to it later.
  • It is recommended that applicants apply to more than one Partner University, to increase their chances of acceptance.
  • After applying for the scholarship, you will be required to provide 3 referees (Academic, Character and Employer, as appropriate). References must completed individual forms – the links to these forms will be available after applying for the scholarship.
  • The Trust will shortlist candidates, who will then be interviewed by national scholarship boards in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Candidates will be required to attend the in person interview in their country of citizenship.



19 February 2024.
(Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)


For any queries related to this scholarship programme, please contact the Beit Trust directly:
Email: [email protected]
Please read the FAQ’s on the application link, before making any enquiries.

List of all Bursaries Open All Year Round

Companies and various organisations that offer bursaries do so for a number of reasons. One of them is to create a pool of qualified and skilled individuals they can alway pick their employees from. This helps bursars when they complete their studies because they do not have to go out and look for a job.

Bursaries open all year round are those that do not have a specified applications closing date. Many bursaries that are offered carry a specific date in which all applications for the following academic year must be return. It is not the case with bursaries open all year round.

Here are some of those that never carry a closing date:

Other bursaries carry a closing date and we have arranged them as such in this portal. You just need to search depending on which time of the year do you see this page.


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