The James Learmonth Graduate Scholarship invites applications from qualified Malawians who are studying for a Masters in Education for the 2013 scholarships tenable in Malawi.
Support will be offered to one or two scholars studying for a Masters in Education (Policy, Planning and Leadership) at Chancellor College, Malawi. This will depend upon whether the selected applicant/s are in their 1st or 2nd year of study
Worth of Awards: The scholarship is worth US$5,000 per year, to cover tuition fees and basic living costs.
In selecting scholars, the Canon Collins Trust will apply a number of criteria including academic merit, work experience, need and the potential to contribute to southern Africa’s future prosperity. They are looking for future leaders in their fields and therefore demonstrable leadership qualities are important.
Applicants for all 2013 scholarship programmes will be assessed on the basis of the information that they supply on their application form against the criteria outlined below:

  • Accepted to study for the MA in Education (Policy, Planning  and Leadership) at Chancellor College
  • A national of and resident in Malawi
  • In possession of a good undergraduate degree
  • In or aspiring to a position of leadership.

Academic Record and References : Applicants should have a minimum of a good second-class (2.1) undergraduate degree and excellent references.
Work Experience

  • They favour applications where there is a demonstrable continuity between the applicant’s current profession, career ambitions and this course of study.


  • They favour applicants who can describe why this choice of course fits with their ambitions to make a difference in their sector. Please note that applicants need to be clear on their intended area of specialisation, and be able to articulate how this will enable them to meet their career goals.

Leadership Competencies

  • Applicants will be asked to demonstrate how they have developed their leadership skills in the workplace, academia or in their personal life. Priority will be given to those who can describe an occasion/s in which they have used their skills to formulate a shared vision or strategy, build strategic relationships and networks, support peers and mentor others, and/or deliver results that have led to innovation and step changes. Canon Collins places a great deal of emphasis upon the leadership potential of individuals.

Commitment to Country/Community

  • They  will favour applicants who most clearly show a desire to be part of and to contribute to the future prosperity of southern Africa.

Motivation for Study

  • They will favour applicants who are able to articulate why their chosen institution fits with their ambitions, why their chosen course fits with their ambitions, how, once qualified, they intend to ‘make a difference’.

How to apply

  • Download a copy of the application form. Save a copy on your computer. You will not be able to fill it in until you do this.
  • Please put your name and surname in the subject line of the email. The following supporting documents must be included, and should ideally be sent with the application form in a single email.
  •  Proof of Malawian citizenship
  •  Certified academic transcripts
  • Certified degree certificates, if available
  • Reference letters from two referees
  • A copy of your two most recent payslips, if you are employed
    • If you are not able to include all documents in a single email you may send extra email(s), but please make sure they are clearly labelled, with your name in the subject line of the email.
    • Ideally, you should submit an academic reference and a reference from an employer. If you have never been employed, we will accept a reference from voluntary work, or two academic references.
    • You should ask your referees to write a reference that relates to your application for this bursary and reflects how you meet the selection criteria. It should outline your strengths as an applicant, demonstrate your capacity to study at the level required, and identify your potential impact in the future.
    • You can submit your references with all the other supporting documents or, should your referee prefer to submit their reference directly, ask them to email it directly to [email protected]
    • The subject of the email should state that it is a reference and comprise the name and surname of the applicant, e.g., Reference: LASTNAME, First name.
    • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the references are sent to by the deadline. Late references and incomplete applications will not be considered.
    • Applications with missing documents will not be assessed.

It is highly advised that you do not submit your application until you have all the necessary information.
Send the completed application form and other supporting documents to [email protected].

  • The deadline for applications is 25th February 2013. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Please do not email them to ask about the outcome of your application and note that all notifications will be by email so please make sure you provide an accurate email address.
  • You will be informed about know the outcome of your application in March 2013.

Visit here for detailed information on the Scholarship and to apply.