2017-2018 Ruth First Master Scholarship at University of Durham in UK

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.

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(s): Master’s course offered by the university.

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 2016-17 the allowance is £500 per month and the value of the full-board accommodation is approximately £515 per month.
The Ruth First Scholarship may not be awarded to a student taking the MBA programme.

The Scholar will also receive a settling-in allowance on arrival and a contribution to the cost of sending belongings home before departure if necessary. 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.

Scholarship can be taken in UK

Eligibility: You should:

  • Hold a relevant honours degree of sufficient standard to be admitted to your chosen Master’s course (further conditions apply to the MBA programme), and not hold a Master’s degree, nor have previously studied at a university outside southern Africa.
  • 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.

Nationality: The students of Southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) can apply for this scholarship.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Student should hold a relevant honours degree of sufficient standard to be admitted to their chosen Master’s course (further conditions apply to the MBA programme)

English Language Requirement: 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. The general minimum set by the UK Government is Level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Requirements for particular programmes at Durham are listed here. If applicants already have a suitable qualification (such as Cambridge English, IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson Test of Academic English), send a scan of the certificate with their application. If applicants haven’t, don’t do anything about it now: we’ll sort this out with the successful applicant.

How to Apply: Application forms (5 pages plus 2 referee report forms) have been sent to universities in South Africa and other southern African countries. Applicants may download the form as a Word document here and type into the boxes. The application and references may be submitted as e-mail attachments. Academic results transcripts should be sent by post, or by e-mail as scans of the original documents (please compress image files sent electronically).

Application Form

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is March 9, 2017.

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