Beit Trust Fellowships

Beit Trust


The Beit Trust offers annually a score of Postgraduate Scholarships abroad for studies or research to graduates who are domiciled in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe (the beneficial area) Scholarships are taken up at a university in the United Kingdom, Ireland or South Africa, for study in a subject of the individual’s choice appropriate to the needs of the beneficial area. Duration is normally for a maximum of three years at the discretion of Trustees. In addition, shared awards for a one-year taught Masters Degree are offered at the University of Leeds, known as the Beit-Leeds Scholarship (BL); at the University of Reading, known as the Beit-Reading Scholarship (BRG); and at Rhodes University, known as the Beit-Rhodes Scholarship (BRU).

BL Postgraduate Scholarship expenses are shared equally between The Beit Trust and the University of Leeds, which undertakes the administration.

BCL Postgaduate Scholarships in Zambia are shared between The Beit Trust, the University of Leeds, and the British High Commission Chevening scheme.

BRG Postgraduate Scholarship expenses are shared between The Beit Trust and the University of Reading, which again undertakes the administration.

BRU Postgraduate Scholarship expenses are partly met by Rhodes University, but the Beit Trust handles the administration.

The Beit-COSECSA in-country Scholarship is open to trainee surgeons, as set out at the foot of this page.

There is no academic difference between shared Postgraduate Scholarships and fully-funded Postgraduate Scholarships. Most Beit Scholars choose these popular Africa-friendly universities where shared costs permit a larger number of scholarships to be offered to the beneficial area.

Please note that The Beit Trust is constrained by Act of Parliament to sponsoring ONLY students who are domiciled within Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe. The Trust cannot consider applications from those who have already commenced their course.

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 also desirable. Doctors and vets must be under 35 years of age on 31 December and should have completed 18 months of internship and preferably a one-year rural posting in the relevant country.

Funding information


Fees, maintenance and travel

Number of awards per year:

not specified

Funding applies to:
International (non-EU) applicants
Funding notes:

For graduates domiciled in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe only.

Funding duration:

Up to 3 years

Contacts and how to apply

Administrative contact and how to apply:

Prospective applicants, who must hold at least a degree of class 2.1, i.e. Merit or Distinction, should obtain details of the awards and application requirements from:-

Zimbabwe and Malawi: Application lists open on 1 June and should be made to: The Beit Trust Representative, P.O. Box CH 76, Chisipite, Harare, ZIMBABWE. E-Mail:

Zambia: Application lists open on 1 April and should be made to: The Secretary, The Beit Trust, Beit House, Grove Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 5JB, ENGLAND. E-Mail:

Deadline notes:

Check dates with Funder.