bertha mba scholarships for africans


Deadline:  15th October 2013


The Bertha MBA Scholarships were created to nurture a new generation of social innovators, and to explore entrepreneurial solutions to help solve some of the urgent social and environmental problems of our time.  The combination of scholarship, geographic location and leading MBA content in emerging markets provides a unique opportunity for the most talented and innovative students.

The Bertha Scholars are Africa based social innovators with a commitment and track record to creating positive change. The MBA provides the strong business skills and networks that will accelerate their impact.

Bertha Centre PhD scholarship

The Bertha Centre and GSB research office is developing a consortium of local and internationally recognised researchers to focus on the areas of social entrepreneurship and informal sector entrepreneurship.  The Centre has recently closed applications for PhD scholarships to enable promising researchers to participate in this consortium.

Applicants will become part of the research consortium and will be jointly supervised by GSB faculty and partner faculty from an international University.

The Bertha Scholarship covers full costs of the MBA programme at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of  Business for candidates committed to social innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Graduate School of Business at UCT offer five annual Bertha MBA Scholarships to students that  have met the requirements for the MBA programme and who are driven by their pursuit in social or  green ventures. The focus will be on encouraging selected MBA students to fully realise projects and  business ideas that make a real positive impact on society and Bertha Scholars will have access to
communities and to mentors to build on their ideas and create companies.

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship has been established at the GSB as a  result of a partnership between the GSB and The Bertha Foundation. In addition to the Bertha  Scholarship, the Centre will drive research in, and promote the practice of social innovation and  entrepreneurship and will provide a mix of courses and practical learning for any interested MBA  students attending UCT GSB, called the Social Innovation Lab.

Please see the information below about eligibility and applying for the Bertha Scholarship.

The criteria used for selection of Bertha Scholars are:
1. Candidates must be a resident of an African country.
2. Candidates must have started or worked in an entrepreneurial social or green venture, or  have worked on sustainable social business strategies within an organisation for at least  1 year.

3. Candidates must demonstrate a strong moral character, strong entrepreneurial drive, a  track record of action, leadership qualities, traits of social activism and a commitment to  the sustainable development of emerging economies.

4. Through the submission of an essay, candidates must show how the MBA at this stage  in their career will help to accelerate their impact and how it will contribute to the wider  creation of value for society.
5. Candidates must demonstrate some need for the scholarship, through either previous  work experience, personal background or demonstrated commitment to start a social  venture, which make self-funding the MBA a significant burden.
1. Candidates must first be eligible and apply for the MBA of the UCT Graduate School of  Business. See for full details about the MBA programme, eligibility,  criteria and how to apply to the business school.
2. Interested candidates should submit the Bertha Scholarship Application Form together with  their UCT MBA application number received from the GSB Admissions Office, contact  details and CV to [email protected] by 15th October 2013.
3. Candidates will be notified if they are selected for interview by 15th November 2013.

Interviews will take place during the week of 18th November 2013.

4. The final decision and award of the scholarship will be made by a Scholarship selection  panel, following which candidates will be informed by 30th November 2013. Candidates will  only be able to take up the Bertha Scholarship if admitted to the MBA programme.
Deadline for Bertha Scholarship applications closes on 15th October 2013. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible

Candidates interested in the 2014 Bertha MBA Scholarships should first review the eligibility criteria and selection process in How to Apply and if eligible, complete the Application Form.

Please email your CV to [email protected]

The deadline for 2014 Bertha Scholarships is 15 October 2013.





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