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Scholarship for Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe Students to Study Abroad

The Beit Trust

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Duration: Max 48 months
  • Study
  • Master
  • PhD
Application deadline: 31 August
Benefits summary: Cover tuition fee, related academic expenses, cost of travel

Last update: 24 June 2015

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Scholarships are taken up at a university in the United Kingdom, Ireland or South Africa, for study in a subject of the individual’s choice appropriate to the needs of the beneficial area. In addition, awards for a one-year taught Masters Degree are offered at the University of Leeds, known as the Beit-Leeds Scholarship (BL); at the University of Reading, known as the Beit-Reading Scholarship (BRG); and at Rhodes University, known as the Beit-Rhodes Scholarship (BRU).

BL Scholarship expenses are shared equally between The Beit Trust and the University of Leeds, which undertakes the administration.

BRG Scholarship expenses are shared between The Beit Trust and the University of Reading, which again undertakes the administration.

Some BRU Scholarship expenses are met by Rhodes University, but the Beit Trust handles the administration.

There is no academic difference between these shared scholarships and fully-funded scholarships. Many Beit Scholars choose these popular Africa-friendly universities where shared costs permit more scholarships to be offered to the beneficial area.

Please note that The Beit Trust is constrained by Act of Parliament to sponsoring ONLY students who are domiciled within Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe. The Trust cannot consider applications from those who have already commenced their course.

All applicants (except medical and veterinary doctors) must be under 30 years of age on 31 December of the year of application. Some experience of work after completion of a first degree is also desirable. Doctors and vets must be under 35 years of age on 31 December and should have completed 18 months of internship and preferably a one-year rural posting in the relevant country.


The extent of a Beit Scholarship Grant is:

Fees and costs of tuition and related academic expenses are paid by the Trust direct to the universities.

Scholars receive a personal allowance, index linked in accordance with guidance from an independent authority covering maintenance support.

Other allowances are paid for arrival, a laptop and printing of a thesis, and return to Africa.

Economy Class air passages are met by the Trust for the initial journey to the place of study, and for the return at the end of the course.

No allowances are paid for spouses or other family members.

Application information

Prospective applicants, who must hold at least a degree of class 2.1, i.e. Merit or Distinction, should obtain details of the awards and application requirements from:-

Zimbabwe and Malawi: Application lists open on 1 June and should be made to: The Beit Trust Representative, P.O. Box CH 76, Chisipite, Harare, ZIMBABWE. (Office: 5 Ludlow Rd., Newlands, Harare) E-Mail: beitrust@africaonline.co.zw.

Zambia: Application lists open on 1 April and should be made to: The Secretary, The Beit Trust, Beit House, Grove Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 5JB, ENGLAND. E-Mail: scholarships@beittrust.org.uk

Please note that all documents including independent references must be received by The Beit Trust by 31 August.

Zimbabweans - downloadyour application formusing this online link. Zimbabwean applicants do not need to fill out an initial application form.

Malawians - downloadyour application formusing this online link. Malawian applicants do not need to fill out an initial application form.

Zambians - you need to fill out an initial application form using this online initial application link. Applicants are urged to complete the online form as early as possible to establish whether they would qualify. If you do qualify, a form will be sent to you and you will be required to provide additional information and details. This information will include, but may not be restricted to, the following:-

  • A fuller application form

  • A medical certificate from your doctor

  • A certified transcript of your degree results

  • A certified document of evidence of residency (National Registration Card or birth certificate)

  • Up to date CV showing all work experience

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 interview before a Beit Postgraduate Scholarship Selection Board in Harare, Blantyre or Lusaka at the beginning of December, will be considered.

Selection is highly competitive, and only Postgraduates with at least a Merit (equivalent to a good 2.1 from a UK university) in their first degree are likely to succeed. The selectors favour practical and useful disciplines that are likely to offer a clear benefit to the beneficial area. Because of their high cost, MBAs and PhDs are very seldom awarded in the UK, but a taught MBA at an established university in South Africa is acceptable.