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Canon Collins Trust Scholarships for African Masters Students, 2019/2020

Canon Collins Trust Scholarship Details and FAQs

Canon Collins Trust Scholarships Programme aim to help build the human resources necessary for economic, social and cultural development in the southern African region and to develop an educated and skilled workforce that can benefit the wider community. Canon Collins Trust scholarship holders are thus expected to use the knowledge, training and skills acquired through their studies to contribute positively to the development of their home country.

Scholarships fall under several different schemes, with some administered in partnership with the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and UK universities.

Over the past 30 years the Trust has supported over 3,000 inspirational individuals who are now making their contributions through governments, NGOs, business and universities.

Canon Collins Trust invites applications from students from Southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe) for scholarships for Masters study in 2018/2019.

When is the application deadline?

25th February 2019 at 17:00 UK time.

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?


Eligible African Countries

Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

To be taken at:

The following UK Universities:

  • School of Oriental and African Studies
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Edinburgh

Accepted Subject Areas:

All Subjects

By what Criteria is Selection Made?

Applicants for all schemes within the UK Scholarship Programme will be assessed on the basis of the information that they supply on their application form in addition to the criteria outlined below:

  • Demonstrable leadership qualities
  • Demonstrated commitment
  • Quality and relevance of work experience, including work reference, and other skills
  • Financial Need and the potential to contribute to Southern Africa’s future prosperity
  • Academic record and academic reference
  • Relevance of proposed course
  • Intended career path
  • Likely future impact
  • Completion of form:
    • Demonstrate a high standard of English with no spelling and language errors
    • Answer all of the questions fully and with attention to detail
    • Provide all the necessary documentation and supporting documents.

Who is qualified to apply?

To apply 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 southern Africa
  • 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 applying for a full-time one-year taught masters course at one of the above named universities.
  • Have at least 2 years work experience in a relevant field

How many scholarship awards are available?

Up to 5

What are the benefits?

Full tuition fees, a monthly stipend, a return economy flight, a settling-in allowance and other support whilst in the UK.

How long will the sponsorship last?

All scholarships are for postgraduate masters taught study for one academic year.

How to Apply for the Canon Collins Trust Scholarships

Applicants can access the application forms and guidelines on the webpage. Applicants must apply to their chosen universities separately and awards are conditional on the applicant being offered a place at the relevant university.

Scholarship Webpage

Canon Collins Paid Internship Program Details and FAQs

Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust is seeking applications for its Scholarships Assistant position. The post-holder is responsible for providing administrative support and event management support to the Scholarships Manager.

When is the application deadline?

5th December 2018

Specific Responsibilities:

• To provide administrative support, including responding to general queries, maintaining information databases and online application forms
• In conjunction with the Scholarships Manager, organise student functions
• Provide ongoing advice for scholars arriving the UK
• Assist with liaising with universities in South Africa and promoting scholarship opportunities
• Assist with monitoring impact of our scholarship programmes, including creating surveys and data analysis
• Participate in the scholarship assessment and selection process, including reviewing applications forms and assisting with scheduling interviews
• Assist with maintaining the Trust’s online presence (updating and creating content for the scholarships pages of our website and social media)

Note: In addition to the tasks outlined above, the Intern will be required to assist with ad hoc administrative duties as reasonably required by other members of the team. The post may occasionally entail duties outside normal working hours.

Host Country:

The job is based in Canon Collins Trust’s office in Vauxhall, London.

What is the category of this opportunity?


How do I know if I’m eligible?


  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Excellent organisational/administrative skills and attention to detail
  • Interest in, and general knowledge of, issues ofsocial justice and international development
  • Interest in issues of education and human rights in southern Africa
  • Proficient standard IT skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe etc.)
  • Excellent writing, research and proofreading skills


  • Experience with, and interest in, organisational use of social media
  • Specialised knowledge of/experience in education and human rights in southern Africa
  • Experience with data entry and management
  • An eye for design and experience using relevant software (InDesign, Photoshop or similar)
  • Experience of website content maintenance (Drupal would be a particular advantage)

What are the benefits?

£19,200 per annum, pro rata.

What is the duration of the program?

Up to 7 months from January 2019 (ending July 2019)

How to Apply for the Programme

  • Please send your CV and a covering letter (max 1 page A4) outlining your experience and explaining what you could bring to the role to eva@canoncollins.org.uk by close of business on 5th December.
  • We hope to hold interviews during week commencing 10th December. Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and limited resources mean that we cannot give feedback to others

Programme Webpage

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