Welcome to The Beit Trust 

  established in 1906 

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 the railway 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 development.

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 Representative: 

5 Ludlow Rd.




E-Mail: beitrust@africaonline.co.zw



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.



Academic and 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. 

The Trust 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 Scholarship page.

There is no scheme for funding “Gap-year” holidays.