Ruth First Master Scholarship at University of Durham in UK 2019-20

Ruth First Master Scholarship at University of Durham in UK  2019-20

Deadline: 1 March 2019
The Ruth First Educational Trust and Durham University offer a scholarship to support a student from southern Africa taking a one-year taught course in the academic year 2019-20 leading to the award of a Master’s degree at Durham University.


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.

  • Eligible Countries:

    Applicants must be a national of one of the following countries:

    • Angola
    • Botswana
    • Lesotho
    • Malawi
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • Republic of South Africa
    • Swaziland
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe

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.

Scholarship Value:

  • The University will award to the successful candidate a tuition fee scholarship covering the full fees for the programme chosen.
  • Through an 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 2018-19 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 cover 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.

For enquiries:

Enquiries about applications may be sent to [email protected]

Dr Mike Thompson
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Ruth First Educational Trust
School of Modern Languages & Cultures
Durham University
Durham DH1 3JT

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 1st March 2019.
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 D.r 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.

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