UCT Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Scholarships 2018 for Undergraduate African Students (Fully Funded).

Application Deadline: 31st August 2017

The Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to selected UCT undergraduate students with demonstrated leadership potential, for the purposes of financially supporting the scholars as they continue with their chosen degree programmes at UCT, at the same time developing their leadership potential through additional Programme activites, to better prepare them for eventually taking up significant leadership roles in South Africa or other African countries.


  • The Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme is open to all undergraduate students enrolled in any of the six Faculties of UCT.
  • Students can apply in their first year of study, or after completing first year. However, there must be at least two years of the degree programme remaining at the time of award.
  • The scholarship cannot be held for a period less than two years.
  • Postgraduate students are not eligible.
  • While it is expected that the majority of scholars will be citizens of South Africa, candidates from other sub-Saharan African countries are also welcome to apply.
  • However, a condition for non-South African candidates is that they must demonstrate a commitment to remain in South Africa and serve the country for at least 10 years after their studies.
  • They must also commit to serving their own countries.


  • The scholarship offers full financial support to the value of R120,000-00 per year, intended to cover tuition fees, accommodation, meals and an allowance for books, stationery and transport.
  • The scholarship will also entitle the recipient to a 6-week internship in the USA, Germany or South Africa, the costs of which will be met by the Programme.
  • Scholars will be required to take the normal courses of their degree programs, plus two additional courses intended to develop leadership qualities.
  • These courses will be identified by the Programme Director, and may vary from year to year. Scholars will also 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.

Scholars should remain in good academic standing after the first year, as a condition for the renewal of the award for a second year.

Selection Criteria & Process

  • Selection will be made from students who demonstrate potential to be the leaders of tomorrow in various sectors of the economies of their respective countries in Africa, and who show promise to make a significant impact in business, government, industry and civil society of South Africa or other African countries.
  • Students will be selected for this Programme on the basis of academic merit, demonstrated leadership potential, willingness to serve the public and the community, and commitment to the goals of the Programme. Financial need will also be taken into account (all applicants are required to provide information about family income on the application form), but it will not be an overriding factor.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview, and will be required to speak on a topic of global relevance 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 their country or on the African continent in the future.

How To Apply

  • Prospective scholars should complete the correct application form for the year in question.
  • The application form for the 2018 intake of new scholars is available HERE.

Submission Instructions

  • The application form must be completed electronically and submitted via email as a PDF attachment to Mr Khaya Salman: [email protected]
  • Supporting documents (certified copies and 3 references in sealed envelopes) must be delivered in one package to the following physical address:

Mr Khaya Salman: Programme Administrator

Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme

Room 6.19, Menzies Building, UCT Upper Campus

Tel: 021 650 1228

Closing date for applications: 31 August 2017.  Late applications will not be considered.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UCT Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Scholarships 2018


2 responses to “UCT Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Scholarships 2018 for Undergraduate African Students (Fully Funded).”

  1. Mr Mobuzu Avatar

    Hello..it’s could have been a very good opportunity for me to participate in the African development projects,to learn various methods of teaching Africain consciousness…to identify our strengths and weaknesses..to eradicate our weaknesses and develop and polish even apply positive and progressive change for the betterment of Africans..

  2. […] 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. […]

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