Brian O’ Connell (BOC) Scholarship Programme 2019 for young Southern Africans

Application Deadline: August 15th 2019

SANORD is committed to re-directing membership fees to member institutions through the BOC Scholarship Programme that encourages capacitation and development through student mobility and research collaboration.

The BOC Scholarship programme aims to provide such scholarships to students from a SANORD member institution in theSouthern African region to spend 3-5 months at aSANORD Nordic member institutionfor time to work on their research and dissertation. The primary focus will be mobility for academic and research collaboration with our Nordic partnersbased on scholarly merit.

The BOC Scholarship makes provision for PARTIAL scholarship funding of R84 000per applicant. Qualifying Master’s students who are registered at a SANORD member institution of higher education in the Southern African region are eligible to apply. Qualifying Master’s students will be required to spend 3 to 5 months at a SANORD Nordic member institution of their choice.

Successful candidates will be required to engage in activities that will support the completion of the Master’s degree. Preference will be given to those projects aligned to the SANORD Strategy 2022. (see attached n application form) The scholarship funds will be disbursed during the 2020 academic year.


Applicants should:

1.Be enrolled for a Masters’ degree at a SANORD member Southern African institution in the current the year that they will be travelling.

2.Provide a detailed study plan (academic activities the student aims to undertake at the host institution? e.g. which courses, what kind of research, is the research aligned to the host institution’s areas of scholarship? Is it aligned to SANORD’s 2022 Strategic Goals).

3.A motivation for why you wish to pursue this collaborative international study abroad opportunity, and how it will benefit your development and contribute to Southern Africa’s knowledge production.

4 .Provide an accredited transcript of records for both the Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree.

5.Provide a written Letter of Acceptance from the HOST institution.

6.Provide evidence (Letter of support) from the HOME supervisor and the relevant Dean of the faculty that supports your stay at the host institution.

7.Sign a binding contract with the SANORD Central Office (SCO) in line with the objectives of the programme.

8.Submit a report within 1 month on return from the home institution to share experiences gained.
9.Present your work and experience at a seminar hosted by the SANORD Central Office

10.Utilize the required knowledge to contribute towards Southern Africa’s development.

11.Be committed to return to the home institution to graduate

Partial Funding:

Students must provide a budget for the costs that will be incurred to the value of R84 000.

•A total amount of R 84 000 could cover the following costs:oA return, economy class airline ticket.oAccommodationoA living allowance

oTravel Insurance for the period (could be included with your air ticket)

oTuition fees (if fees are not subsidized by the host institution)

Please submit your applications to [email protected] and ensure that all the required supporting documents are attached.

Only full applications with all the supporting documents in one single email will be accepted for logistical reasons.


•Due date for applications – 15 August 2019. •Announcement date -30 September 2019.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Brian O’ Connell (BOC) Scholarship Programme 2019


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