Desmond Tutu/Church of Scotland Masters Scholarship for Africans at Edinburgh in UK 2021

The University of Edinburgh offers applications for the Desmond Tutu/Church of Scotland Masters Scholarship to study in the UK for African students in the 2021/2022 academic session.

Notably, the scholarship will be awarded to a student from Africa who is accepted on a full-time basis. This is for a one year postgraduate Masters programme of study within the School of Divinity and who has the official endorsement from the General Secretary or Principal Clerk of their Church.

This scholarship was set up in 2009 to commemorate the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity. This is as conferred by the University on the Most Reverend Desmond Tutu.

During the graduation ceremony, Archbishop Tutu spoke of the historic links between Africa and the University of Edinburgh: “Some of our first black physicians were people who had trained here and there is a long tradition that links this university with our part of the world.”

It would interest you to know that the University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582, is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is also one of Scotland’s ancient universities with its mission as the creation, dissemination, and curation of knowledge.

Worth of Award

As a matter of fact, the scholarship will cover:

  • Full overseas tuition fee
  • Accommodation within a Church of Scotland flat within Edinburgh
  • £500 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.
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Without a doubt, shortlisted candidates are required to have the official endorsement from the General Secretary or the Principal Clerk of their Church.

  • For this reason, applicants must be a member of a Church of Scotland partner church in Africa.

Unmistakably, 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

Others include

  • Igreja Evangelica de Cristo em Mocambique
  • Presbyterian Church of Nigeria
  • Presbyterian Church of South Sudan
  • United Church of Zambia
  • Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa

It is important to note that

  • The scholarship will be awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit with candidates possessing a Bachelor Degree. This degree should be 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. This is simply to ensure that as far as possible, a student’s financial situation does not impede a university education.

How to Apply

By way of application for the Desmond Tutu Masters Scholarship,

  • 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 the MyEd web-based information portal.
  • When logging in to MyEd, you will need your University User Name and password.
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Deadline: The scholarship deadline is 23:59 GMT 05th April 2021. Most assuredly, all applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June 2021.

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