Sunday, 8 August 2010

South Africa & UK:Graça Machel Scholarships Programme 2011

The key aim of the Graça Machel Scholarship Programme is to help provide the human resources necessary for economic, social and cultural development in the southern African region and to develop an educated and skilled workforce that can benefit the wider community. Scholarships that target women have long been recognized as an effective approach in addressing gender equality and eradicating poverty. By providing opportunities to study at postgraduate level, these scholarships aim to empower women and to equip them to take up leadership positions in order to have a direct impact in the communities, nations and region in which they live.
The Graça Machel Scholarships Programme will provide a minimum of 60 postgraduate scholarships to female students from Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa in both South Africa and the UK. The majority of the scholarships will be for study in South Africa.

Postgraduate Study: All scholarships are for postgraduate study, either for one academic year if based in the UK or for two years if based in South Africa. The scholarship includes payment of maintenance, travel, health insurance and tuition fees.

Candidates: Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to women on the basis of academic/professional merit, financial need, intended academic programme, leadership potential and commitment to work for constructive change in Africa.

Subject Areas: Health Education Science & Technology Economics & Finance Development

Application Process: The application form is of primary importance as the initial assessment is made on the basis of the completed application form. Where possible, interviews will also be conducted. The following documents must be sent with all applications:
Certified copy of undergraduate degree certificate plus university academic transcript One passport size photo with the applicant’s name clearly written on the back One academic reference in sealed envelope One employment reference in sealed envelope (if you have not been employed we will accept two academic references or a reference from your voluntary work)
Please post (do not fax or email) completed application forms and supporting documents to:

Canon Collins Trust
22 The Ivories, Northampton Street, London N1 2HY, UK.
All applications must be sent to Canon Collins Trust in the United Kingdom
Please be aware that Canon Collins Trust will assess many applications. It is important that you take time to complete the form accurately and legibly.

The deadline for applications is August 11th 2010 for study in South Africa (courses starting in February) December 10th 2010 for study in the UK (courses starting in September/October)


We are happy to accept references separately from the application and will collate them; however it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the reference is sent.
In the case of the work reference, please be aware that confirmation of employment is not sufficient as a reference. We require information regarding your work performance and potential.
If you are not currently employed, we will accept a reference from voluntary work, or two academic references.

Application checklist

1. Have you answered all the questions carefully?
2. Remember to include:
Undergraduate degree certificate
Academic Reference
Work Reference
3. Is the application form legible?
4. Do not include any additional information as it will be discarded. Your application will be judged by the quality of the information on the application form.

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