Scholarships for Southern African Countries, University of Edinburgh [UK]

The University of Edinburgh Southern African Scholarships

The University of Edinburgh will offer two scholarships for postgraduate study in any subject offered by the University to students from Southern African countries. One of the scholarships will be available for a one year Master’s degree programme and the other scholarship for a three year PhD degree programme.

The scholarship covers the overseas rate of tuition fee and University accommodation for the duration of the postgraduate degree programme.


The scholarship will be awarded to applicants from Southern African countries who are accepted for admission on a full-time basis for a postgraduate Master’s programme of study or PhD degree programme at the University of Edinburgh. Applicants may apply from the following countries:

Angola Namibia
Botswana South Africa
The Democratic Republic of Congo Swaziland
Lesotho United Republic of Tanzania
Malawi Zambia
Mozambique Zimbabwe

Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh and should have firmly accepted that offer or be intending to do so. Further details on how to make a postgraduate application can be found on the University website at


The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, the international equivalent of a UK first class or 2:1 Honours degree at undergraduate level.

Application Procedure

Candidates applying for the one-year Master’s scholarship should send a two page statement outlining what they expect to gain from their Master’s programme and how it will enable them to make a future contribution in their home country. In addition, applicants should send a transcript and the names of two referees. The referees may send their letters separately.

Candidates applying for the PhD scholarship should send a statement (around three pages) of their intended research including a rationale for the project and the intended methodology; a transcript of results obtained in a relevant first degree; and the names of two referees. The referees may send their letters separately.

Scholarship applications should be sent to:

The Southern African Scholarships Committee
Centre of African Studies
The University of Edinburgh
21 George Square

Applications for the scholarship may also be faxed to the number below or e-mailed to the Centre of African Studies marked for the attention of the Southern African Scholarships Committee.

Fax: +44 131 650 6535

The closing date for applications is 1 May 2009.

Please note that application for the scholarship is a separate process from applying to a programme of study at the University. The Centre of African Studies can not offer guidance on the latter, but reference should be made to the website of the respective Colleges and academic units.