Canon Collins RMTF Scholarships for Postgraduate Study in South Africa 2025

Are you passionate about making a difference in social justice issues in Southern Africa? Apply for the Canon Collins RMTF Scholarships for Postgraduate Study in South Africa 2025.

Closing date: 22 July 2024

Scholarship overview

The RMTF postgraduate scholarship can equip you with the knowledge and skills to drive change and make a meaningful impact.

Eligible fields include Justice (Climate Justice, Law, Economics, Politics), Education Policy and Practice, and Humanities (Literature, History, Anthropology, and Arts) with a focus on social justice.

Applicants from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Zambia are eligible. Find more information below.

Scholarship background information

Canon Collins Trust in partnership with Ros Moger and Terry Furlong group invite applications for the postgraduate study in South Africa 2025. Ros and Terry were inspirational London educationalists.

Since 2001 friends and family have raised funds in their memory to award scholarships in their name. More information about the history of the RMTF scholarships is here.

Canon Collins Trust in partnership with RMTF seek to support exceptional individuals who are committed to social justice in southern Africa and for whom a postgraduate qualification is an essential tool in working to create an open and just society.

In 2025, Canon Collins Trust will be making awards only to those studying in three areas:

1. Justice, which includes Climate Justice, Law, Economics and Politics
2. Education policy and practice
3. Humanities, which includes Literature, History, Anthropology and the Arts

Please only apply if your programme of study falls into one of these disciplines.

Interdisciplinary courses and doctoral studies may sometimes defy easy categorisation. Applicants are urged to use their judgement in assessing whether to apply.

But applications that clearly do not fall within Justice, Education or Humanities (for example MBAs, economics, medical sciences, sports sciences, applied sciences) will not be considered for an award.

Canon Collins Trust will provide funding for up to a maximum of two years for Masters and three years for PhD. Continued funding depends upon satisfactory progress and academic reports.

Are you eligible?

In addition, to be considered for a scholarship under this programme you must:

  • be a national of, or have refugee status in, one of the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia
  • be normally resident in one of the above countries
  • be in possession of a good first degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application
  • be studying or applying to study at a South African university

Please download and read the guidelines carefully before applying for this scholarship.

If you are from Namibia, South Africa or Zimbabwe and are seeking to apply for a scholarship to fund your studies, then please apply for the Canon Collins Sol Plaatje scholarship instead, details can be found here.

What Canon Collins Trust offers

Canon Collins Trust will provide funding for up to a maximum of two years for Masters and three years for PhD. The value of the scholarship package will range from R20,000 to R100,000 depending on student circumstances. 

Canon Collins Trust will support both full and part-time study and will consider applications from those who wish to study by distance learning.

Canon Collins Trust will also organise an annual conference for current scholars, and hold several smaller events throughout the year. Scholarship holders are expected to participate in these activities and to become part of and contribute to our network.

How to Apply

Applications are now open. Best of luck! Please get your application in as soon as possible as late applications will not be considered.

Your deadline is 22 July 2024, 4pm SAST.

Please do not email Canon Collins Trust to ask about the outcome of your application. All notifications will be by email so please make sure you provide an accurate email address.

Canon Collins Trust will be interviewing shortlisted applicants in October/November 2024. They will let you know the outcome of your application in December 2024.

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