Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford Univer...
Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University 2023 for International Students

Deadline: 12 February 2021 |

Level of Scholarship: Masters |

Location: Britain and South Africa |

Beit Trust Scholarships are for Postgraduate degrees only. We do not provide scholarships for undergraduate work and our postgraduate focus is on Master’s Degrees.

We do not offer scholarships for Ph.D. research ab initio. Only under exceptional circumstances, and for Beit scholars of outstanding merit, will the Trustees consider extending support to Ph.D. level.

The Trust does not consider applicants for MBAs.

The next round of Beit Scholarships will be awarded for the academic year beginning September 2021 for universities in the UK; and January 2022 for universities in South Africa.

Eligibility Requirements

  • By Act of Parliament, the Beit Trust supports ONLY students who are nationals of ZambiaZimbabwe or Malawi, who hold permanent residence, live there and/or intend to return to their country after their studies.
  • Applicants (except medical and veterinary doctors) must be under 30 years of age on 31 December 2020. Some experience of work after completion of a first degree is strongly recommended.
  • Doctors and Vets must be under 35 years of age on 31 December 2020. They should have completed 18 months of internship, and a one-year, preferably rural, posting in Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
  • The Trust cannot consider applications from those who have already begun a course.

Beit Joint University Partnerships

The Beit Trust has partnership agreements with the universities below. This enables the Trust to share costs, and to increase the number of scholarships it can fund. For this reason, only applicants with acceptances from the universities listed below will be eligible for Beit Trust Scholarships. Applicants must first apply to, and be accepted by, a Beit Partner University before applying to the Trust for a scholarship. The universities offer a one-year taught Master’s in the UK; and a two-year taught Master’s in South Africa. Both have a research dimension and the applicant must have obtained Honours (First or Upper Second or equivalent) at undergraduate level. 

New Scholarship Opportunities

THE BEIT-BLAVATNIK-WADHAM SCHOLARSHIP In partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government and Wadham College, the Beit Trust is offering a new scholarship at Oxford University. It is a Master in Public Policy (MPP), an intensive one-year postgraduate degree for current and future leaders. The successful scholar will study at the Blavatnik School of Government and be accommodated at Wadham for the academic year. 

For further information please visit  You should apply directly to the Blavatnik School of Government, via their website.

Eligibility requirements and the application process are the same as for other Beit Scholarships.


In partnership with the University of St Andrews in Scotland, the Beit Trust is offering two Masters Scholarships (MScs) in Computer Science. Each is a one-year residential course.

For further information please visit  You should apply directly to St Andrews via their website.

Eligibility requirements and the application process are the same as for other Beit Scholarships.

There are seven Partner Universities in the United Kingdom:

  • Cambridge – 2 Scholarships available
  • Edinburgh – 2 Scholarships available
  • Glasgow – 2 Scholarships available, bio-medical disciplines only
  • Leeds – 5-6 Scholarships available
  • Oxford – 2 Scholarships available
  • St Andrews – 2 Scholarships available, computer science only
  • Strathclyde – Engineering disciplines only.  
    Please note, there will be no University of Strathclyde award for this year only, so please do not apply to the Beit Trust for academic year 2021-22. The next award will be made in academic year 2022-23.

There are currently three Partner Universities in South Africa:

  • Rhodes
  • Stellenbosch
  • University of Cape Town (UCT)

These partnerships allow us to award joint scholarships, e.g. Beit-Cambridge, Beit-UCT, etc., and may change from time to time.

What does a Beit Trust Postgraduate Scholarship Cover?

  • Fees, tuition costs and related academic expenses. These are paid by the Trust direct to the Partner Universities.
  • A personal allowance, index-linked in accordance with guidance from an independent authority, covering maintenance support.
  • Other allowances are paid for arrival, a laptop and departure.
  • Economy Class tickets are provided for the initial journey to the place of study, and on final return.
  • No allowances are paid for spouses and other family members or dependants.

How to apply for a Beit Postgraduate Scholarship

  • Make your application for admission directly to one or more Partner Universities listed above, and only to those universities, via their websites and during the period beginning September 2020 for UK Universities and April 2021 for SA Universities.  Please refer to their websites, which will guide you.
  • Notify the relevant university, as part of your study application, that you will be approaching the Beit Trust for scholarship funding.
  • As long as the course/s you wish to pursue are available, you may apply to more than one Partner University at a time. Indeed, we recommend you do so, to increase your chances of acceptance, and to broaden the scholarship opportunities available.
  • Once you have an offer from your chosen Partner University, you should apply as early as possible to The Beit Trust for a scholarship, via the Scholarship application link below.
  • Your application, with all the supporting documents, must be uploaded via our website.
  • You need three referees: Academic, Character and Employer (as appropriate). They have separate and individual forms, the link for which must be forwarded to them by you, the applicant. The link becomes available once you have submitted your scholarship application form electronically.
  • We prefer referees to use the link provided in the application form. If, however, they can only provide their reference by email, please forward them the relevant forms, which you can download below.

Download Academic Reference Form – Download Character Reference Form – Download Employer Reference Form

The absolute deadline for applications and references to reach the Trust is 12 February 2021
  • The Trust will shortlist the most qualified for interview by our national selection boards in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.  The boards will sit during the week of 22 March 2021.
  • Resources are limited and the scholarship process competitive. Not all those interviewed will be selected for a Scholarship.
  • But an interview is essential to selection.  Please ensure that you are able to attend if you are invited to an interview.
  • The Trust will notify those selected for interview of the date, time and place.
  • The Trust will give particular weight to those who have:
    – work or other professional experience;
    – demonstrated a capacity to become leaders in their field;
    – chosen a degree of direct and practical relevance to the development of their country;
    – stated an intention to return to their country at the completion of their degree.

         Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application.


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