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DEADLINE: 9 August 2021

Canon Collins Trust in partnership with the Ros Moger Terry Furlong (RMTF) scholarship 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. This scholarship provides 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. This scholarship supports both full and part-time study and will consider applications from those who wish to study by distance learning.

Cannon Collins also organises 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.


In 2021, due to the impact of Covid-19 pandemic and funding availability, the trust will only be supporting postgraduate studies within the area of Education for selected countries in southern Africa. The research focus must relate to one of the following themes:

1. Improving quality of education in Southern Africa

2. Access to education in Southern Africa

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


You must apply to the universities you wish to study at for a place on your chosen course(s). If you are offered a RMTF scholarship but fail to get a place in a course, Cannon Collins will withdraw the offer.

Please access the application form online. You will find full instructions online when you start a new form. All sections of the form need to be complete before the system will allow the application form to be submitted. Information can be saved and the application form edited until the applicant chooses to submit. All applicants are required to upload the following supporting documentation:

1. Copy of degree certificates, if available

2. Certified academic transcripts

3. ID document (the following are acceptable: passport, birth certificate, driver’s license) 4. Proof of refugee status, if applicable

5. Two recent payslips, if currently employed

6. PhD proposal if applicable


In selecting scholars, the Trust will apply a number of criteria including academic merit, financial need and the potential to contribute to education in southern Africa. Applicants for the 2022 RMTF Programme will be assessed on the basis of the information that they supply on their application form against the criteria outlined below:

1. Academic Record and References: Applicants should have a minimum of an upper second-class (merit) undergraduate or Honours degree and excellent references.

2. Future impact: applicants need to articulate how the scholarship and their studies will enable them to contribute to either i) improving the quality of education ii) access to education in southern Africa.

3. Work Experience: this scholarship favours applications where there is a demonstrable continuity between applicant’s past study and career and their proposed course of study.

4. Leadership Competencies: Canon Collins places a great deal of emphasis upon the leadership potential of individuals. 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.

5. Alignment with the Trust’s priorities: Canon Collins favours applicants who most clearly demonstrate that their proposed course and future plans align with the Trust’s priorities.

All notifications will be by email so please make sure you provide an accurate email address. Canon Collins will be interviewing shortlisted applicants in October 2021. Successful candidates will know the outcome of your application in November 2021.

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