Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK 2018-19 (Open to Southern Africans)

Canon Collins Scholarship for Masters Study in the UK 2018-19 (Open to Southern Africans)

Deadline: March 18, 2018

The Canon Collins Scholarships for Masters Study in the UK is now open for applications. Canon Collins Trust is offering scholarships to support taught masters degree programmes at certain UK universities, commencing in September 2018.

There are approximately 5 scholarships available in 2018. However the Trust makes awards on the basis of available funding and suitable applicants and numbers may vary.

Value of the Award

All these scholarships cover full tuition fees, a monthly stipend, a return economy flight, a settling-in allowance and other support whilst in the UK.


  • School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London: They partner with SOAS to co-fund one scholarship annually.
  • University of Sussex: They partner with the Mandela Scholarship Fund at the University of Sussex to co-fund two awards annually.
  • University of Edinburgh, MSc in African Studies: This scholarship is co-funded by Canon Collins and the University of Edinburgh. It is limited to the MSc in African Studies.


Applicants must:

  • Be a national of, and normally resident in one of the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • Be in possession of a good Honours degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application.
  • For University of Edinburg, be applying for the MSc in African Studies only.
  • For Universities of London and Sussex, be applying for a full-time one-year taught masters course in any subject.
  • Have at least 2 years work experience in a relevant field.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic Record and References: Applicants should have a minimum of a good second-class (2.1) undergraduate degree and excellent references. Applicants with a first class degree will have a distinct advantage.
  • Future Impact: All applicants need to articulate how they intend to put their scholarship into action and how the course will enable them to make an enhanced contribution to their community or country.
  • Work Experience: They favour applications where there is a demonstrable continuity between an applicant’s work experience, past study and their proposed course of study.
  • Leadership Competencies & Personal Qualities: Applicants will be asked to demonstrate how they have developed their leadership skills in the workplace, academia or in their personal life. Priority will be given to those who can describe occasions in which they have used their skills to build strategic relationships and networks, support peers and mentor others, and/or deliver results that have led to innovation and change.
  • Commitment to Country/Community: They will favour applicants who most clearly show a desire to be part of and to contribute to the future prosperity of southern Africa.


You can access the online application form through the link below. Please read the guidelines carefully before applying.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting documentation:

  • Certified copy of undergraduate degree certificate, if available
  • Certified academic transcripts
  • Reference letters from two referees
  • ID document (The following are acceptable: Passport, Birth Certificate, Driver’s License)
  • Proof of refugee status, if applicable

Ideally, you should submit an academic reference (preferably from your current supervisor) and a reference from an employer.

The application form matters. Applicants should:

  • Demonstrate a good command of English
  • Answer all of the questions properly and completely
  • Complete the application and deliver all supporting documents by the deadline

Please note that Canon Collins Trust does not currently fund PhD study in the UK.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit Canon Collins Scholarship.