Ruth First Educational Trust is offering Ruth First Master Scholarship at University of Durham in UK. Scholarship is open for Southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) students.
The Ruth First Educational Trust was established to enable members of historically disadvantaged communities in South Africa to study at the University of Durham.Funds were raised in order to “bring to Durham one of the many South African young men and women who are fully qualified to benefit from a higher education but who are denied it for purely racial reasons”, and over the next three decades a dozen students from disadvantaged backgrounds in southern Africa successfully took Bachelor’s degrees at Durham.
- Application Deadline: March 15, 2018
- Course Level: This scholarship is available for one-year taught course leading to the award of a Master’s degree at the University of Durham.
- Study Subject: Scholarships are offered in diverse fields to help students in upgrading their education.
- Scholarship Award: The University will award to the successful candidate a tuition fee scholarship covering the full fees for the programme chosen. Through a Gift Agreement between the Trust and the University, the Scholar will receive a monthly allowance to cover living and other expenses for 12 months, as well as free accommodation and meals at St Chad’s College (the cost of which is shared between the Trust and the College). In 2017-18 the allowance is £500 per month and the value of the full-board accommodation is approximately £520 per month. The Scholar will also receive a settling-in allowance on arrival. The Trust will pay for one return air ticket from the home country to the UK and the cost of return travel between the UK airport and Durham City. The Trust will also pay £400 towards the cost of applying for a Tier 4 UK visa and the immigration health surcharge. The Trust cannot provide additional support for dependants, nor for travel during the period of the Scholarship. The Scholar is required to attend all taught components of the chosen course and complete all assignments prescribed, including a dissertation and a placement if required. The normal starting date for most Masters programmes is the beginning of October.
- Number of Scholarships: Not given
- Nationality: Southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe)
- Scholarship can be taken in the UK
Eligibility for the Scholarship:
- Eligible Countries: The students of Southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) can apply for this scholarship.
- Entrance Requirements: You should:(a) hold a relevant honours degree of sufficient standard to be admitted to your chosen Master’s course, and
(b) not hold a Master’s degree, nor have previously studied at a university outside southern Africa, and
(c) 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 organisations; 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 aims 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.The Ruth First Scholarship may not be awarded to a student taking the MBA programme.
- English Language Requirements: English language requirements for international students coming to study in the UK were tightened in 2011. The person selected for the Ruth First Scholarship will need to provide evidence of possessing a qualification in English language that meets the minimum requirement for the programme applied for. If you already have a suitable qualification (see the University’s guidance here), send a scan of the certificate with your application. If you haven’t, don’t do anything about it now: this will be a condition of any offer made to you by the University.
How to Apply: Go to Durham University’s page for the Ruth First Scholarship and complete the online application form. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2018.
A scan of your first degree results transcript must be uploaded with the application form.
Reference letters (one academic and one non-academic) can be uploaded with the form or e-mailed to Dr Michael Thompson at [email protected]
You must also submit an online application to the University. When you initiate your University application, the system will generate an applicant code number which you must include in your Ruth First Scholarship application.
An offer of a place at the University does not imply that you have been awarded the Ruth First Scholarship. The winner of the Scholarship will be notified separately once the selection process has been completed.