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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: 15 August
Benefits summary: Cover tuition fee, related academic expenses, cost of travel

Last update: 16 December 2013

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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: The Beit Trust Representative, P.O. Box CH 76, Chisipite, Harare, ZIMBABWE. Fax: 263 (0)4 494046. E-Mail: beitrust@africaonline.co.zw

Zambia: The Secretary, The Beit Trust, Beit House, Grove Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 5JB, ENGLAND. Fax: 044 (0)1483 725833. E-Mail: scholarships@beittrust.org.uk


The Beit Trust has also set up a pilot scheme to sponsor Malawian, Zambian and Zimbabwean surgeons undertaking five-year courses at the College of Surgeons in East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). Separate selection and sponsorship mechanisms apply.

Details from:

ECSA-HC, P. O. Box 1009, Arusha, Tanzania. Tel: 255 27 254 9362. E-Mail: cosecsa@ecsa.or.tz