Overview: The Ruth First Educational Trust was established to enable members of historically disadvantaged communities in South Africa to study at the University of Durham. A fund for this purpose has existed since 1964 and in 1982 it was renamed in memory of Ruth First, who taught at the University during her exile from South Africa until she was assassinated in Mozambique. The fund is financed by donations from students, staff, other supporters in Durham, trade unions and Durham County Council. After 1994, the focus shifted to the funding of postgraduate study, and since 2007 the geographical scope has been extended to accept applications from other countries in southern Africa as well as the Republic of South Africa (Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia and Malawi).
Study Level: Masters
Area of Study: Any degree
Scholarship Value: The scholarship covers the full fees for the programme chosen.The Scholar will also receive a monthly allowance to cover living and other expenses for 12 months, as well as free accommodation and meals.
Requirements: Applicant must hold a relevant honours degree of sufficient standard to be admitted to your chosen Master’s course (further conditions apply to the MBA programme)
Applicant must not hold a Master’s degree, nor have previously studied at a university outside southern Africa
Applicant must show evidence of active involvement in and commitment to voluntary work for the benefit of causes such as rural or urban community development; young people or educational projects; charitable organizations; health or AIDS awareness projects; student welfare or guidance. If you have a paid job that involves working in such areas, you should show evidence of leadership and commitment beyond the requirements of the job.
How to Apply: Fill in the Application forms (5 pages plus 2 referee report forms) and submit them by post or email. Academic results transcripts should be sent by post, or by e-mail as scans of the original documents (please compress image files sent electronically).
Completed applications (form + 2 references + transcript) should be sent to:
Dr Mike Thompson
Ruth First Educational Trust
School of Modern Languages & Cultures
Durham DH1 3JT
Fax: +44 191 334 3421
Deadline: 22 February 2016
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