The University of Edinburgh offers Desmond Tutu/Church of Scotland Masters Scholarship to study in UK for African students in the 2018/2019 academic session.

University offers a number of general and subject-specific funding schemes. The aim of the scholarships is to attract the best and most motivated people to Edinburgh.

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582, is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s ancient universities. The University’s mission is the creation, dissemination, and curation of knowledge.

Applicants must be liable to pay tuition fees at the rate applicable to overseas students and must have already applied for admission to a full-time PhD research programme of study. University accepts all of the English language qualifications for entry to the University, including IELTS qualifications from any IELTS test centre.

Scholarship is available to pursue Master degree programme within the School of Divinity for the 2017-2018 academic session.

Worth of Award

  • The scholarship will cover:
  • Full overseas tuition fee
  • Accommodation within a Church of Scotland flat within Edinburgh
  • £440 per calendar month for living costs
  • Visa costs
  • One return airfare
  • Insurance from Church of Scotland business travel, underwritten by Aviva.
  • The award will be tenable for one academic year.


  • The scholarship will be awarded to a student from Africa who is accepted on a full-time basis for a one year postgraduate Masters programme of study within the School of Divinity.
  • Shortlisted candidates will require to have the official endorsement from the General Secretary or the Principal Clerk of their Church.
  • Applicants must be a member of a Church of Scotland partner church in Africa.
  • Eligible partner churches are:
  • Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana
  • Presbyterian Church of Ghana
  • Presbyterian Church of East Africa
  • Synod of the Nile of the Evangelical Church of Egypt
  • Church of Central Africa Presbyterian
  • Igreja Evangelica de Cristo em Mocambique
  • Presbyterian Church of Nigeria
  • Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa
  • Presbyterian Church of South Sudan
  • United Church of Zambia
  • Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa

The scholarship will be awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit with candidates requiring a Bachelor Degree equivalent to a UK first class or 2:1 Honours degree.
In addition to the above academic qualifications, the selection panel will also take into account the financial circumstances of applicants to ensure that as far as possible a student’s financial situation does not impede a university education.

How to Apply

  • Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application.
  • Please note you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.
  • The online scholarship application form is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via MyEd web-based information portal.
  • When logging in to MyEd, you will need your University User Name and password.

Deadline: The closing date for applications is April 2, 2018. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June 2018.

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