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UCT Bertha Scholarships in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship for African Students

Application Deadline: 15th November, 2018

Applications are currently ongoing for the UCT Bertha Scholarships in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship for African Students. Interested students should see the details below.

UCT Bertha Scholarships in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Details and FAQs

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship was established as a specialised unit at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) in 2011, in partnership with Bertha Foundation, a family foundation that works with inspiring leaders who are catalysts for social and economic change.

Through this partnership the GSB strengthens its commitment to transformation and equality and UCT’s strategic goal to address key development challenges facing Africa.

While the Bertha Foundation supports activists, storytellers and lawyers across the world, who are working to bring about social and economic justice, and human rights for all; the Bertha Centre Scholars at the GSB are part of a larger Bertha Foundation network of “troublemakers/radical actors” whose purpose it is to challenge the status quo for social justice – in this case through social innovation and entrepreneurship.

University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business offers Bertha Centre scholarship for African students to study courses that advance social justice,innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline has been extended to 15th November, 2018 from 31st October 2018.

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?


Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

African countries

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa

What are the eligible fields of study?

The scholarship covers a wide variety of programmes at the UCT Graduate School of Business. These include the MBA [both full-time and the modular program], the MPhil in Inclusive Innovation, and PhD programs. Eligible fields also include candidates committed to advancing social justice and  opportunities through social innovation and entrepreneurship.

What is the category of this opportunity?

Masters (MBA/MPhil)

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

The Bertha Centre scholarships are open to innovators, entrepreneurs, out-of-the-box thinkers, system-entrepreneurs, change-makers, social activists and cross-disciplinary candidates from any field provided they are actively involved in the exploration of social, environmental and/or economic justice using innovative approaches.

You are eligible for a Bertha Scholarship:

  • if you meet the admission requirements of the university for your selected course of study.
  • if you are an African citizen or permanent resident.
  • if you are an entrepreneur who has started or worked with a social/green/entrepreneurial innovative idea that seeks social and/or economic change.
  • if you are an intrapreneur who has worked on advancing social justice and pioneering inclusive opportunities through social innovation within an organisation.
  • if you demonstrate strong leadership qualities within your field.

What are the benefits of the scholarship?

The Bertha Centre Scholarship covers full or partial costs.

How to Apply for the Programme

Please Note

  • Candidate will only be able to take up the Bertha Centre Scholarship if you are successfully admitted to the UCT GSB MBA, MPhil or PhD programmes.
  • Candidate’s submission will be assessed and the Bertha Centre will contact you only if you have been selected for an interview with the scholarship selection panel.

Candidate must first be eligible, comply with and apply for the MBA or MPhil programmes entrance requirements at the UCT Graduate School of Business.

  1. Submit your MBA or MPhil in Inclusive Innovation programme application before the respective deadlines to the GSB.
  2. Submit the GSB Scholarship Application Form which should include:
  • Your UCT GSB application number received from the GSB Admissions Office
  • Your contact details and your CV uploaded.
  • Your answers to the three essay questions, which shows how the degree programme at this stage in your career will help to accelerate impact in your area of work/interest and how it will contribute to society as a whole.
  • Your short [no longer than four minute] video.
  • In the choice of scholarship on the application form, remember to select the option for Focus on Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship (Bertha Scholarship).

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