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Canon Collins RMTF Scholarships for Postgraduate Study

Deadline: 22 July 2024

Canon Collins Trust in partnership with Ros Moger and Terry Furlong group invites applications for the postgraduate study in South Africa 2024. Ros and Terry were inspirational London educationalists. 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 2024,RMTF will be making awards only to those studying in three areas:

1. Justice, which includes Climate Justice, Law, Economics and Politics2. Education policy and practice3. Humanities, which includes Literature, History, Anthropology and the Arts

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.


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


RMTF 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. RMTF supports both full and part-time study and will consider applications from those who wish to study by distance learning. RMTF also organises an annual conference for current scholars, and holds 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.


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 If you are offered a RMTF scholarship but fail to get a place in a course, your offer will be withdrawn. 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:

  • Copy of degree certificates, if available 

  • Certified academic transcripts 

  • CV 

  • ID document (the following are acceptable: passport, birth certificate, driver’s licence) 

You may also need to submit: 

  • Proof of refugee status, if applicable 

  • Two recent payslips, if currently employed 

  • PhD proposal if applicable.

If you are shortlisted RMTF will ask you for two references as well as a supporting statement from your supervisor, if you are applying for PhD study. You will need to be able to provide these quickly. Ideally, one reference should be from your current or most recent academic supervisor, and one reference from an employer. If you have never been employed, RMTF will accept a reference from voluntary work, or two academic references. You should ask your referees to write a reference that relates to your suitability for this scholarship

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.

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