2016 UCT Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme for Undergraduate African Students

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Application Deadline: July 31st 2015

The Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme was established at the University of Cape Town in 2014 through a gift donated by Professor Klaus-Jürgen Bathe of Massachusetts (USA). The primary goal of the Programme is to produce graduates with outstanding leadership qualities and with a strong sense of social justice, who will go on to play leading and significant roles in business, government, industry and civil society in South Africa and on the African continent.

The Programme specifically aims to find, educate and nurture UCT undergraduate students towards becoming leaders who are able to tackle issues at the national level and uplift their countries for the betterment of all citizens. The recipients of the award will be known as the Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Scholars.

Prospective applicants must carefully read through the following notes to make sure that they satisfy all eligibility criteria and are agreeable to the conditions of the award.

Scholarship Criteria, Eligibility, Selection Process & Conditions of Award

•    Selection will be made from students who show potential to be national leaders of tomorrow, and who will make a significant impact in business, government, industry or civil society.

•    Scholars will be primarily selected on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated leadership potential. Financial circumstances will be taken into account where appropriate, and in this regard, all applicants are required to provide information about family income on the application form.

•    Applicants should be academically outstanding. If applying for the scholarship in the first year of enrolment at UCT, they must have passed all first-semester courses with an average mark of at least 60%; if applying in second or subsequent years, they must have a cumulative grade aggregate of at least 60%.

•    The Programme is open to undergraduate students enrolled in any of the six Faculties of UCT. It will provide support only for undergraduate studies; postgraduate students are not eligible.

•    Students of any nationality may apply, but preference will be given first to South African citizens and permanent residents, followed by nationals of other African countries.

A condition for candidates who are not citizens or permanent residents of South Africa is that they must demonstrate a commitment to either

(i) remain in South Africa and serve the country for at least 10 years after the completion of their studies, or

(ii) move to another country in the African Union and serve that country while working closely with South Africa in addressing the problems faced by the continent as a whole.

•    Students should only apply for this scholarship when there is only two years of the undergraduate degree programme remaining. This means that students doing a 3-year degree should apply in first year, those doing a 4-year degree should apply in their second year, and so forth. The scholarship cannot be held for periods of study of less than two years; neither can it be awarded for more than two years.

•    Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview, and will be required to make a presentation as part of the selection process. They will be required to demonstrate why they are deserving of the scholarship, and to explain how they see themselves playing a leadership role in South Africa (or Africa) in the future.

Benfits
•    Scholars will receive full financial support for the remaining two years of their studies. This will cover tuition fees, UCT residential charges (including meals), as well as an allowance for books, stationery, a laptop, transport and travel costs.

  • The total amount paid may be reduced at the discretion of the Programme Director if the scholar is already receiving some other scholarship or bursary.

    •    It is envisaged that scholars will take the normal courses of their degree programs, plus two additional UCT courses (one per year) intended to develop leadership attributes. In the second year of the scholarship, scholars will be required to spend up to 6 weeks attached to an approved organization in South Africa, Germany or the USA, gaining exposure to sound leadership practices.

    Submission Instructions

    •    The application form must be completed electronically and submitted via email as a PDF attachment to Ms Felicity Seragie: [email protected]

    •    Supporting documents (certified copies and references in sealed envelopes) must be delivered in one package to the following physical address:

    Ms Felicity Seragie: Programme Administrator
    Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme
    Room 6.19, Menzies Building, UCT Upper Campus
    Tel: 021 650 1228 | Cell: 082 592 3907

Download and Fill Out the Application Form

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme 

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