Welcome to The
Trust was established in 1906 by the Will of Alfred Beit, a
financier and director of the British South Africa Company. He had many interests, including the development of
system in what was then Rhodesia. In 1903 he suffered a stroke near Salisbury, and died
in England on 16 July 1906 at the age of 53, leaving much of his fortune to a wide range of charitable causes. During his lifetime,
Alfred Beit saw that Northern and Southern Rhodesia (now Zambia and
Zimbabwe) and their adjacent territories would for some
time be too poor either to raise their own
capital or to attract sufficient private capital at an early stage of
He therefore set up in his will The Beit Railway Trust, to promote the
development of communications in the region. He also provided that, if
at a later date the Trustees should decide that the Fund was no longer
required for its primary purpose, the income could be applied to
"education, public or other charitable purposes in Northern and Southern
Rhodesia", for the benefit of the people.
The Trustees have
always given preference to funding buildings and infrastructure. Grants
are still occasionally given for very large new constructions, such as
bridges, hospitals, or schools. In general, however, most projects are chosen
with the purpose of enhancing existing establishments or programmes,
such as independent, rural, or mission schools, hospitals, or wildlife
schemes. The Trust does not make grants for vehicles, and very seldom makes
grants to other grant-making organisations.
Detailed applications for all grants in Malawi, Zambia and
Zimbabwe should be submitted to:
The Beit Trust
5 Ludlow Rd.
While recognising the
pressing need, the Trustees are aware of the extensive help given to AIDS
alleviation and orphanages by other major donors, and therefore set
limits to the Trust’s assistance with the pandemic.
vocational bursaries are also provided at selected secondary schools and
training organisations, and medical bursaries are provided to selected
British doctors and students whose visits will be of immediate, skilled,
practical benefit to hospitals in the three beneficial countries.
provides a limited number of
Postgraduate Scholarships for relevant courses at
universities in the United Kingdom or South
Africa. Candidates must be domiciled in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe (the
“Beneficial Countries”) and aged under 30 (or 35 in the case of medical
doctors). Please note that The Beit Trust does not sponsor
undergraduates; seldom sponsors PhDs; and rarely sponsors MBAs except in
South Africa. No candidate will be considered unless his/her future
work is demonstrably beneficial to the people of his/her parent country.
For further details please look on our
There is no scheme for funding