The Beit Trust offers the annual 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) for 2018/2019 academic year.

Scholarships are taken up at a partner university in the United Kingdom or South Africa, for study in a subject of the individual’s choice appropriate to the needs of their country. Duration is normally for a one-year taught Masters in the UK and two years in South Africa.

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

  • UK
  • Cambridge
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow – University of Glasgow (Biomedical Scholarships)
  • Glasgow – University of Strathclyde (Engineering Scholarships)
  • Leeds
  • Oxford (Wadham College)
  • South Africa
  • University of Cape Town
  • Rhodes University
  • Stellenbosch University

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

Worth of Award

  • Beit funding covers the costs of registration, enrolment, exam fees, international travel to COSECSA seminars, graduation costs at two levels, and a personal stipend.
  • 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.


  • 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.

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).

How to Apply

  • The Candidate completes the application form
  • The COSECSA Secretariat acknowledges receipt of the application, ensures the form is fully completed and meets the minimum application’s requirements.
  • The COSECSA Country Representatives are asked to approve the application.
  • If the Candidate’s application is approved the Candidate will be asked to pay the course registration fee.
  • Upon receipt of the registration fee the Candidate will receive:
  • COSECSA Candidate Number
  • COSECSA Logbook
  • Password to access e-learning portal
  • Receipt of payment
  • Other training materials
  • 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.

    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: [email protected]

    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 here

    Malawians –  the application form can be obtained here

  • 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 an interview before a Beit Scholarship Selection Board in Harare, Blantyre or Lusaka when requested.

Deadline: applications close 31 May 2018

Click here for more details and to apply

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