Scholarships and Surgical Scholarships

The Beit Trust offers annually a number of Postgraduate Scholarships abroad (excluding MBAs and Ph.Ds.) to graduates who are domiciled in and are nationals of Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe (and only to graduates in these three countries). Scholarships are taken up at a partner university in the United Kingdom or South Africa, for study in a subject of the individualís choice appropriate to the needs of their country.  Duration is normally for a one-year taught Master's in the UK and two years in South Africa. 


Postgraduate Scholarship expenses are shared between The Beit Trust and the following Universities:




Glasgow - University of Glasgow (Biomedical Scholarships)

Glasgow - University of Strathclyde (Engineering Scholarships)


Oxford (Wadham College)

South Africa

University of Cape Town

Rhodes University

Stellenbosch University

Applicants will normally be expected to apply to these partner universities.

Before applying please read carefully our "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) section and be aware of the following criteria. If you have any further questions, please do ask us first.

By Act of Parliament, the Beit Trust sponsors ONLY students who are nationals of Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe, and currently live there. In addition, the Trust cannot consider applications from those who have already begun a course.

All applicants (except medical and veterinary doctors) must be under 30 years of age on 31 December of the year of application. Some experience of work after completion of a first degree is essential. Doctors and vets must be under 35 years of age on 31 December and should have completed 18 months of internship and a one-year, preferably rural, posting in the relevant country.

The extent of a Beit Postgraduate Scholarship Grant is:

Fees, tuition costs and related academic expenses are paid by the Trust direct to the universities.

Payment of a personal allowance, index linked in accordance with guidance from an independent authority, covering maintenance support.

Other allowances are paid for: arrival, a laptop, printing of a thesis, and return home.

Economy Class air passages are provided by the Trust for the initial journey to the place of study, and on final return.

No allowances are paid for spouses or other family members.

Prospective applicants, who must hold at least an upper second class degree (2:1): i.e. Merit or Distinction, may obtain details of the awards and application requirements as follows:

Zimbabwe and Malawi: Application lists open on 1 March (online link below).  Please read these guidance notes before you go online. If you have any queries please contact beittrustharare@gmail.com

Zambia:  Application lists open on 1 March and should be made to: The Secretary, The Beit Trust, Beit House, Grove Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 5JB, ENGLAND.   E-Mail: scholarships@beittrust.org.uk  

Please note that all documents, including independent references, must be received by The Beit Trust by 31 May.

Zimbabweans - the application form can be obtained from Zimbabwe Online Application form

Malawians the application form can be obtained from  Malawi Online Application form

Zambians - you will need to complete an initial application form using this online initial application link.  Applicants are urged to submit the online form as early as possible to establish whether they would qualify to apply. If you do qualify, a form will be emailed to you and you will be required to provide additional information and details. This information will include, but may not be restricted to, the following:-

  • A fuller application

  • A medical certificate from your doctor

  • A certified transcript of your degree results

  • A certified document of evidence of residency (National Registration Card or birth certificate)

  • Current CV showing all work experience

  • A current photograph (not a passport photo) 

The Trust will consider only those applicants who state that they intend to return to work in the relevant country upon completion of the scholarship; and who can, if short-listed, present themselves for interview before a Beit Scholarship Selection Board in Harare, Blantyre or Lusaka when requested.

Selection is very competitive. The selectors favour practical and useful disciplines that are likely to offer a clear benefit to their country of origin.

The Trust does not consider applicants for MBAs and PhDs.

Beit COSECSA Surgical In-Country Scholarship

In 2010 The Beit Trust established a five-year trial scheme to offer in-country Beit-COSECSA postgraduate surgical scholarships to one surgeon per year from each of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. These scholarships are undertaken at selected teaching hospitals in the Beit beneficial area in accordance with medical protocols set out by the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). Beit funding covers the costs of registration, enrolment, exam fees, international travel to COSECSA seminars, graduation costs at two levels, and a personal stipend. Membership of COSECSA may be gained after 2 years study (MCS), with Fellowship after 5 years (FCS). For details of how to apply, please contact the COSECSA offices in Arusha, Tanzania. For further information visit their web site at www.cosecsa.org

Please note that a separate selection and sponsorship mechanism applies and you may obtain these details directly from: 

COSECSA Scholarship Secretary, ECSA-HC, P.O. Box 1009, Arusha, Tanzania.    Tel:  00 255 27 254 9362. E-Mail: scholarshipsgroup@cosecsa.org or from Professor Krikor Erzingatsian, E-Mail  Erzingatsiankrikor@gmail.com

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