Canon Collins Masters Scholarship for Study in the United Kingdom 2015

Canon Collins Masters Scholarship for Study in the United Kingdom 2015

Deadline: February 26, 2015

Canon Collins Trust is now accepting applications for scholarships to support taught masters degree programmes at 5 UK universities, commencing in September 2015. The scholarships cover full tuition fees, a monthly stipend, a return economy flight, a settling-in allowance and other support whilst in the UK.

Applications are invited for scholarships to support taught masters degree programmes at the universities listed below. Please read the eligibility criteria at different universities and only apply if you are eligible.

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS)

Two scholarships are provided annually. Applicants must:

  • Be a national of, and normally resident in one of the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • Be in possession of a good Honours degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application
  • Be applying for a full-time one-year taught masters course in any subject.
  • Have at least 2 years work experience in a relevant field

University of Sussex

In partnership with the Mandela Scholarship Fund at University of Sussex, three awards are available annually. Applicants must:

  • Be a national of, and normally resident in one of the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • Be in possession of a good Honours degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application
  • Be applying for a full-time one-year taught masters course in any subject.
  • Have at least 2 years work experience in a relevant field

University of Oxford

One student is funded annually to take up the MSc in African Studies. Applicants must:

  • Be a national of, and normally resident in one of the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • Be in possession of a good Honours degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application
  • Be applying for the MSc in African Studies at the University of Oxford
  • Have at least 2 years work experience in a relevant field

Queen Mary, University of London

The Simon and Deirdre Gaskell Scholarship at Queen Mary: The scholarship at Queen Mary is funded by Simon and Deirdre Gaskell and limited to the MSc in Global Public Health and Policy. Applicants must:

  • Be a national of, and normally resident in one of the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • Be in possession of a good Honours degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application
  • Be applying for the MSc in Global Public Health and Policy
  • Have at least 2 years work experience in a relevant field

University of Cambridge

The Canon Collins – FirstRand Cambridge Scholarship: This scholarship is co-funded by Canon Collins, FirstRand Foundation and Clare Hallat the University of Cambridge, as part of its new Global Leaders scholarship programme. Applicants must:

  • Be a national of and resident in South Africa
  • Have applied for one of the one-year taught Master’s degrees (MPhil) listed in the appendix of the guidelines, at the University of Cambridge
  • Not have studied outside of South Africa before for degree purposes
  • Be in possession of a good Honours degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application

Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged Black, Coloured or Indian students.

University of Cambridge

The Canon Collins – Tiso Foundation Cambridge Scholarship. This scholarship is co-funded by Canon Collins and the Tiso Foundation at the University of Cambridge, as part of the Global Leaders programme. Applicants must:

  • Be a national of and resident in South Africa
  • Be Black (inclusive of African, Coloured and Indian, as per the Employment Equity Act of South Africa)
  • Have applied for one of the one-year taught Master’s degrees (MPhil) listed in the appendix of the guidelines, at the University of Cambridge
  • Be in possession of a good Honours degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application

Note: Applicants MUST apply to their chosen university separately and awards are conditional on the applicant being offered a place at the relevant university.

Application Requirements

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting documentation:

  • Certified copy of undergraduate degree certificate, if available
  • Certified academic transcripts
  • Reference letters from two referees
  • ID document (The following are acceptable: Passport, Birth Certificate, Driver’s License)
  • Proof of refugee status, if applicable.

Ideally, you should submit an academic reference (preferably from your current supervisor) and a
reference from an employer.

Selection Criteria

Applicants for the 2015-16 UK Scholarship programme will be assessed on the basis of the information that they supply on their application form against the criteria outlined below:

  1. Academic Record and References: Applicants should have a minimum of a good second-class (2.1) undergraduate degree and excellent references. Applicants with a first class degree will have a distinct advantage.
  2. Future Impact: All applicants need to articulate how they intend to put their scholarship into action and how the course will enable them to make an enhanced contribution to their community or country.
  3. Work Experience: We favour applications where there is a demonstrable continuity between an applicant’s work experience, past study and their proposed course of study.
  4. Leadership Competencies & Personal Qualities: Applicants will be asked to demonstrate how they have developed their leadership skills in the workplace, academia or in their personal life. Priority will be given to those who can describe occasions in which they have used their skills to build strategic relationships and networks, support peers and mentor others, and/or deliver results that have led to innovation and change.
  5. Commitment to Country/Community: We will favour applicants who most clearly show a desire to be part of and to contribute to the future prosperity of southern Africa.
  6. Application form: The application form matters. Applicants should:
    • Demonstrate a good command of English
    • Answer all of the questions properly and completely
    • Complete the application and deliver all supporting documents by the deadline

For more information, visit Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters.

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