Graça Machel Scholarships for African Women

Graca Machel (Canon Collins Trust)
Postgraduate Degree

Deadline: 10 Dec/10 Aug (annual)
Study in: UK/South Africa
Next course starts Sept 2014

Brief description:

The key aim of the Graca Machel Scholarship Programme is to help provide the female human resources necessary for economic, social, and cultural development in the Southern African region and to develop an educated and skilled workforce that can benefit the wider community.

Host Institution(s):

Not specified

Field of study:

Health, Education, Science & Technology, Economics & Finance, Development

Number of Awards:


Target group:

Female students from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  It is for women who have experienced significant struggle in their life and who have sought to overcome those barriers, be they related to gender, disability, poverty, age or racial discrimination.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

All scholarships are for postgraduate study, either for one academic year if based in the UK or for two years if based in South Africa.  The scholarship includes payment of a maintenance allowance, travel, health insurance, and tuition fees.


Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to women on the basis of academic/professional merit, financial need, intended academic programme, leadership potential and commitment to work for constructive change in Africa.  Applicants must have at least two years relevant work experience.

Application instructions:

This scholarship is currently closed for applications and will reopen in June 2014.

For study in UK, the application deadline is every December 10 and courses start September/October of the following year.  For study in South Africa, the application deadline is every August 10 and courses will start February of the following year.  It is important to visit the website (found below) or read the complete scholarship information and application details here.

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