Canon Collins Trust: Scholarships – South Africa

Canon Collins Trust
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 3 August, 2012
Opportunity type: 
Fellowships and Scholarships

Canon Collins Trust provides scholarships and other support for southern Africa’s future leaders. The organisation believes that education liberates individuals and transforms societies. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. We have two programmes: Scholarships and Education for All

Canon Collins Trust invites applications for scholarships for postgraduate study in South Africa in 2013. The organisation will provide funding for up to a maximum of two years for Masters and three years for PhD.

Continued funding depends upon satisfactory progress and academic reports. Canon Collins scholarships are not full scholarships and funding depends on the type of course you are doing. Awards in 2012 were at a value of around R40 000. In 2013 the scholarships are increasing slightly in value to around R50 000, per academic year.

Please do not use this application form for the Graça Machel scholarship scheme or for scholarships for study in the United Kingdom.

Information and the appropriate application forms on these schemes are available on Canon Collins Trust website

Applicants must be:

  • Be nationals of or have refugee status in one of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe;
  • In possession of a good first degree, with a minimum grade of a 2:1, or upper second;
  • Be seeking this scholarship for postgraduate study at Masters or doctoral level;
  • Be registered to study or wish to study at a South African university.

Application Process:

The application form is of primary importance as it serves as the basis for assessment.

It must be neat and easy to read. Please do not type in block capitals. The application form should be completed on a computer and submitted via e-mail to:

Please put your name and surname in the title of the e-mail, e.g. Application: Sandile Mazibuko.

The following supporting documents must be included, and should ideally be sent with the application form in a single e-mail. If this is not possible you may send extra e-mail(s), but please make sure it is clearly labelled with your name and a series number, in the subject line of the email. E.g. Sandile Manzibuko (2 of 3).

  • Certified copy of undergraduate degree certificate;
  • Certified academic transcripts (from university only);
  • Reference letters from two referees;
  • A copy of your two most recent payslips, if applicable; and
  • A thesis proposal for your PhD, if applicable.

Ideally, applicants should submit an academic reference (preferably from applicant’s current supervisor) and a reference from an employer. If applicants have never been employed, the Trust will accept a reference from voluntary work, or two academic references.

Application Guidelines

Applicants should ask their referees to write a reference that relates to their application for this bursary. It should outline your strengths as an applicant, demonstrate your capacity to study at the level required, how the applicant will benefit from further study, and identify their potential impact in the future, if possible with regard to the theme.

They can submit your references with all the other supporting documents or, should their referees prefer to submit their reference directly, ask them to e-mail it directly to

The subject of the e-mail should state that it is a reference and comprise the name and surname of the applicant.

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