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Ruth First Educational Trust Scholarship Award for Southern African students

Application Deadline

4th March 2020

The aim of the Ruth First Educational Trust is 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.

Ruth First Scholars have played positive leadership roles in their communities and are chosen for their active commitment to good causes, as well as for their academic ability.

Many former Ruth First Scholars now hold important positions in the public and private sectors in southern Africa and have become inspirational role models for young people.


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

Level of Study

Taught Master's Degree programmes

Mode of study

Full time

Year of Entry

Applications for programmes commencing 2020/21


All programmes EXCEPT MBA

Further Information

Applicants should:

  • hold a relevant honours degree of sufficient standard to be admitted to your chosen Master’s course;

  • not hold a Master’s degree, nor have previously studied at a university outside southern Africa, and

  • 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; the defence of human rights; the promotion of equal opportunities or social justice; environmental sustainability. If you have a paid job that involves working in such areas, you should show evidence of leadership and commitment beyond the requirements of the job.

  • The Trust and Durham University aim 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 towards the cost of a UK visa and the UK Health surcharge


One year


Unfortunately, the scholarship does not provide additional support for dependants or for travel during the period of the Scholarship.


Please ensure you submit both the documents listed below by the deadline date

an academic application to Durham University

a scholarship application form

Application Deadline

4th March 2020


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