Canon Collins Trust seeks to support exceptional individuals who are committed to social justice in Southern Africa and for whom a postgraduate qualification is an essential tool in working to create an open and just society.
In 2015 the Trust revised its South African scholarship awards policy. For the next 3 years we will be offering scholarships only to those studying in three areas:
- Justice, which includes Law, Economics, Politics and the Environment
- Education: policy and practice
- Humanities, which includes Literature, History, Anthropology and the Arts
Applications for courses that are not within these areas (for example MBAs, medical sciences, sports sciences, applied sciences) will be rejected.
Canon Collins Postgraduate Scholarship Benefits.
In 2018 most awards will be valued at R70,000 for each year of study at Masters and PhD level. In exceptional cases we may offer up to R100,000 per year. We support both full and part-time study and will consider applications from those who wish to study by distance learning.
We also organise an annual conference for current scholars, and hold several smaller events throughout the year. Scholarship holders are expected to participate in these activities and to become part of and contribute to our network.
Eligible applicants will automatically be considered for these named scholarships:
Canon Collins Postgraduate Scholarship Eligibility.
In addition, to be considered for a scholarship under this programme you must:
- be a national of, or have refugee status in, one of the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe
- be normally resident in one of the above countries
- be in possession of a good first degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application
- be studying or applying to study at a South African university
Canon Collins Postgraduate Scholarship Selection Criteria.
In selecting scholars, the Trust will apply a number of criteria including academic merit, need and the potential to contribute to open and just societies in southern Africa.
Applicants for all schemes within the 2019 SA Scholarship Programme will be assessed on the basis of the information that they supply on their application form against the criteria outlined below:
1. Academic Record and References
Applicants should have a minimum of an upper second-class (merit) undergraduate or Honours degree and excellent references.
2. Future impact
All applicants need to articulate how the scholarship and their studies will enable them to contribute to open and just societies in southern Africa.
3. Work Experience
We favour applications where there is a demonstrable continuity between applicant’s past study and career and their proposed course of study.
4. Leadership Competencies
Canon Collins places a great deal of emphasis upon the leadership potential of individuals. 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 an occasion/s in which they have used their skills to formulate a shared vision or strategy, build strategic relationships and networks, support peers and mentor others, and/or deliver results.
5. Alignment with the Trust’s priorities
We will favour applicants who most clearly demonstrate that their proposed course and future plans align with the Trust’s priorities.
How to Apply for Canon Collins Postgraduate Scholarship.
All sections of the form need to be complete before the system will allow the application form to be submitted. Information can be saved and the application form edited until the applicant chooses to submit. All applicants are required to upload the following supporting documentation:
- Copy of degree certificates, if available
- Certified academic transcripts
- ID document (the following are acceptable: passport, birth certificate, driver’s license)
You may also need to submit:
- Proof of refugee status, if applicable
- Two recent payslips, if currently employed
- PhD proposal if applicable
Apply Before: 17:00 BST on Monday, 23 July 2018.