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Beit Trust Masters and PhD Scholarships for Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia 2016

Application Deadline: 31st August, 2016

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe

To be taken at (country): United Kingdom, Ireland or South Africa

Brief description: The Beit Trust is offering a number of Postgraduate scholarships for research and studies abroad to scholars from Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Eligible Field of Study: A subject of the individual’s choice appropriate to the needs of the beneficial area

About the Award: The Beit Trust offers annually a number of Postgraduate Masters or PhD Scholarships abroad for  studies or research to graduates who are domiciled in  (the beneficial area).  In addition, shared awards for a taught Masters Degree are offered at the University of Cambridge (BC); University of Cape Town (BCT); University of Edinburgh (BE)University of Glasgow (BG); Imperial College London (BI); University of Leeds (BL); University of Oxford -Wadham College (BOW); Rhodes University (BRU); Stellenbosch University (BS); University of Strathclyde (BSC); and the University of Witwatersrand (BW).

Offered Since: 1906

Type: Masters and PhD Scholarships


  • The Beit Trust is constrained by Act of Parliament to sponsoring ONLY students who are domiciled within Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
  • The Trust cannot consider applications from those who have already commenced their course.
  • All applicants (except medical and veterinary doctors) must be under 30 years of age by 31 December.
  • Some experience of work after completion of a first degree is also desirable.
  • Doctors and vets must be under 35 years of age on 31 December and should have completed 18 months of internship and preferably a one-year rural posting in the relevant country.

Selection Criteria: 

  • Prospective applicants must hold at least a degree of class 2.1, i.e. Merit or Distinction.
  • Only those applicants who state that they intend to return to work in the relevant country upon completion of the scholarship, and who can, if short-listed, present themselves for interview before a Beit Postgraduate Scholarship Selection Board in Harare, Blantyre or Lusaka at the beginning of December, will be considered.
  • The selectors favour practical and useful disciplines that are likely to offer a clear benefit to the beneficial area.
  • Because of their high cost, MBAs and PhDs are very seldom awarded in the UK, but a taught MBA at an established university in South Africa is acceptable.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: 

  • Fees and costs of tuition and related academic expenses are paid by the Trust direct to the universities.
  • Payment of 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 printing of a thesis, and return home.
  • Economy Class air passages are provided by the Trust for the initial journey to the place of study, and for the return at the end of the course.
  • No allowances are paid for spouses or other family members.

Duration of Scholarship: Duration is normally for a maximum of three years at the discretion of Trustees.

How to Apply: 

Zimbabweans – Candidates should download their application form using this online linkZimbabwean applicants do not need to fill out an initial application form.

Malawians –  Candidates should download their application form using this online link.   Malawian applicants do not need to fill out an initial application form.

Zambians Candidates are urged to fill out an initial application form using this online initial application link, as early as possible to establish whether they would qualify. If candidate qualifies a form will be sent to the candidate and they will be required to provide additional information and details. This information will include, but may not be restricted to, the following:-

  • A fuller application form
  • A medical certificate from your doctor
  • A certified transcript of your degree results
  • A certified document of evidence of residency (National Registration Card or birth certificate)
  • Up to date CV showing all work experience

Before applying please read carefully  our “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) section and be aware of the following criteria. Detailed applications for infrastructure grants in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe should be submitted to:

The Beit Trust Representative:

P.O. Box CH 76, Chisipite, Harare,


Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

Award Provider: Beit Trust

Important Notes: There is no academic difference between shared Postgraduate Scholarships and solely Beit-funded Postgraduate Scholarships, but, for economic and pastoral reasons, selection boards generally favour partner-universities. Many Beit Scholars choose the Africa-friendly partner- universities listed above where shared costs permit a larger number of scholarships to be offered to the beneficial area.

The Beit Trust does not sponsor undergraduates; seldom sponsors PhDs, and rarely sponsors MBAs except in South Africa.  No candidate will be considered unless his/her future work is demonstrably beneficial to the people of his/her parent country. There is no scheme for funding “Gap-year” holidays.

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