The Trust was established in 1906 by the Will of Alfred Beit, a financier and philanthropist. He had many interests, including the development of the railway system in Southern Africa. On his death in 1906, at the age of 53, he left a substantial legacy to a wide range of charitable causes.
The next round of Beit Trust Masters & Ph.D. Scholarships will be awarded for the academic year beginning September 2022 for universities in the UK; and January 2023 for universities in South Africa. Scholarships for the academic year beginning September 2021 (UK) and January 2022 (SA) have already been awarded.
The Beit Trust offers annually a number of Postgraduate Masters or Ph.D. Scholarships abroad for studies or research to graduates who are domiciled in (the beneficial area).
- This is a needs-based scholarship.
- This scholarship offers annually a number of Postgraduate Masters or Ph.D. Scholarships abroad for studies or research to graduates.
- Only nationals of Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, who are also resident in and intend to return to those countries, are eligible to apply.
- Prospective applicants must hold at least a degree of class 2.1.
- 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 an interview before a Beit Postgraduate Scholarship Selection Board in Harare, Blantyre, or Lusaka at the beginning of December, will be considered.
- All students will need three referees: Academic, Character, and Employer (as appropriate). They have separate and individual forms, the link for which must be forwarded to them by the student themselves. The link becomes available once the student has submitted their scholarship application form electronically or online.
Applications should be for a one-year taught Master’s Degree (to UK universities), and a two-year taught Master’s in South Africa. As long as the courses the student picks to pursue are available, they may apply to more than one partner university at a time. Indeed, it is highly recommended a student does so, to increase their chances of acceptance, and to broaden the scholarship opportunities available.
The Trust will give particular weight to those who have work or other professional experience; have demonstrated a capacity to become leaders in their field; are reading for a degree of direct and practical relevance to the development of their country, and whose stated intention is to return to their country at the completion of their degree.
This means all applicants that receive a letter of acceptance from this Trust, will need to submit their immigration official documents to receive a student visa. Since a student will be studying part-time in the United Kingdom and then in South Africa, it is respectively that the student who applies is from Africa.
How to Apply
The Trust will then sift and shortlist the most qualified, for interviews by our national selection boards in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.
Students must notify the relevant university, as part of their study application, that they will be approaching the Beit Trust for scholarship funding.
Students will be asked to upload their university offer letter, provide the details of the course/s and university/s that they will be applying for, in PDF format. The student’s scholarship application will then be considered alongside the applicants for United Kingdom universities, as part of the same entry year cohort.
The Trust will sift through each applicant’s application as part of the trust’s selection process. If they are successful and shortlisted for an interview, the student will go to the relevant Beit Trust national selection Board.
Reward – Extra Benefits
Resources are limited and the scholarship process is competitive. Not all those interviewed will necessarily be selected for a scholarship. But an interview is essential to selection.
Because of their high cost, MBAs and Ph.D.s are very seldom awarded in the United Kingdom, but a taught MBA at an established university in South Africa is acceptable. Duration for a student placed in the United Kingdom is 1 year, and for South Africa, it is 2 years.
When a student is offered a scholarship from the Trust (not all those selected for an interview receive an offer) the selected will then need to apply for entry to a South African Partner University. Students may indicate in their admissions application that they have been awarded a Beit Scholarship.
When a student is looking for a college to attend, they should consider the elimination process involved with their favorite school pick of choice.
The official deadline date is February 11, 2022. There are varied deadline dates but this is the official deadline date for the South Africa submission.
Open Submission Window Time Frame
The open submission window time frame is from late 2021 to February 11, 2022. This is the open submission time frame for the South Africa submission.
This is an annual scholarship that awards a handful of students each year. If students need an extension, they should contact the number provided to see what can be done.