Beit Trust Postgraduate Scholarship 2019/2020 for Southern Africans to study in the United Kingdom (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: 11 MARCH 2020.

In 2019, the Trust has awarded over 20 new Scholarships at British and South African universities, by means of generous academic partnerships with leading institutions.

The Beit Trust has partnership agreements with the universities below. This enables the Trust to share costs, and to increase the number of scholarships it can fund. For this reason, only applicants with acceptances from the universities listed will be eligible for Beit Scholarships.

There are six universities in the United Kingdom: Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Oxford and Strathclyde.

There are currently three active partners in South Africa: Rhodes, Stellenbosch and UCT.

These partnerships allow us to award joint scholarships (e.g. Beit-Cambridge, Beit-UCT, etc.), and may change from time to time. Applicants must first apply to, and be accepted by, a Beit partner university before applying to the Trust for a scholarship.


The next round of Beit Scholarships will be awarded for the academic year beginning September 2020 for universities in the UK; and January 2021 for universities in South Africa. Scholarships for the academic year beginning September 2019 (UK) and January 2020 (SA) have already been awarded.

Please read the section above, on the Trust’s Joint University Partnerships. As set out, the Trust has jointly-funded academic partnerships with six universities in the UK, and three in South Africa. We will fund successful applicants to these universities only.


  • Fees, tuition costs and related academic expenses. These are paid by the Trust direct to the universities.
  • 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 a return flight home.
  • Economy Class tickets are provided for the initial journey to the place of study, and on final return.
  • No allowances are paid for spouses and other family members.

The process for applying for a Beit Scholarship is as follows:

  • Only nationals of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi, who are also resident in and intend to return to those countries, are eligible to apply;
  • Applications should be for a one-year taught Master’s Degree (to UK universities); and a two-year taught Master’s in South Africa;
  • Applications should be made directly to the partner universities listed above, and only to those universities, via their websites and in the period beginning September 2019 (although some application windows do not open until October. Their websites will guide you).
  • As long as the courses to be pursued are available, you may apply to more than one partner university at a time, and might wish to do so to increase your chances of acceptance;
  • Once you have a conditional acceptance or an offer from your chosen partner university, you should apply as early as possible to The Beit Trust for a scholarship, using this linked application form.
  • The Trust will then sift and shortlist the most qualified, for interview by national selection boards in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The boards will sit in April 2020.
  • Resources are limited and the scholarship process competitive. Not all those interviewed will necessarily be selected for a Scholarship. But an interview is essential to selection;
  • The Trust will notify those selected for interview of the date, time and place;
  • The Trust will give particular weight to those who have work or other professional experience; have demonstrated a capacity to become leaders in their field; are reading for a degree of direct and practical relevance to the development of their country; and whose stated intention is to return to their country at the completion of their degree.

If you are interested in a Beit Scholarship, and as a help in tracking potentially qualified applicants, would you please:

  • Notify the relevant university, as part of your study application, that you will be approaching the Beit Trust for scholarship funding. Please indicate your work or professional experience;
  • Notify the Trust once you have submitted an application to a partner university;
  • Tell the Trust which course you’ve applied for; 
  • Confirm your nationality to the Trust;
  • Zimbabweans and Malawians should send their application forms to [email protected]
  • Zambians should send theirs to [email protected]

If you need any further information about applying for a Beit Scholarship, and are from Zambia, please contact the Scholarship Secretary on [email protected]

If you are from either Zimbabwe or Malawi, please contact the Harare Scholarship Secretary on [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Beit Trust Postgraduate Scholarship 2019


  1. -I was pleased to read about your sponsorship. Please advise if a qualify to do a Mssters in Law since I have an LOb already.also hold sDiploma in journalism and Musin teaching please advise


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