Ruth First Scholarship
The aim of the Ruth First Educational Trust is to enable southern African students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake postgraduate study at the University of Durham. Southern Africa is defined for this purpose as comprising the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Scholarships make an important contribution towards social, educational and economic development in the region. In addition to their value to individuals they have wide developmental impact, within and beyond southern Africa.
Ruth First Scholars have played positive leadership roles in their communities and are chosen for their active commitment to good causes, as well as for their academic ability.
Many former Ruth First Scholars now hold important positions in the public and private sectors in southern Africa, and have become inspirational role models for young people.
Applicants must be a national of one of the following countries:
Level of Study
Taught Master's Degree programmes
Mode of study
Year of Entry
Applications for programmes commencing 2020/21
All programmes EXCEPT MBA
The Trust and Durham University aim to award the Scholarship to individuals who not only have the academic and personal qualities to enable them to complete and benefit from a postgraduate course, but who will also act as positive ambassadors for their home countries in Durham and put their enhanced knowledge and skills to good use for the benefit of the societies to which they return in Africa.
Unfortunately the scholarshiip does not provide additional support for dependants or for travel during the period of the Scholarship.
Number of awards available
Please ensure you submit the both the documents listed below by the deadline date
an academic application to Durham University
a scholarship application form
Applications accepted from
8th January 2020
4th March 2020
When candidates will hear the outcome of their application
End of May 2020
For further information or advice:
Phone: +44 (0)191 334 3436