Bertha Scholarships for Social Innovators in Africa

University of Capetown
MBA/MPhil Degree

Deadline: 15 Nov 2015
Study in:  South Africa
Course starts 2016 

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The Bertha Scholarship covers either the full or partial costs of the MBA and MPhil in Inclusive Innovation programmes at the UCT Graduate School of Business for candidates committed to social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Host Institution(s):

University of Cape Town Graduate Business School (UCT GSB) in Cape Town, South Africa

Level and Field of study:

MBA and MPhil in Inclusive Innovation programmes at the UCT GSB.

The Bertha Centre is also interested in candidates who are aligned to its key focus areas: Innovative Finance, Inclusive Healthcare Innovation and Education Innovations.

Number of Awards:

Up to 5

Target group:

South African/African Citizens

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The Bertha Scholarship covers either the full or partial cost of the programme.


The criteria used for selection of Bertha Scholars are:

  1. Candidates must be South African / African Citizens and or a Permanent Resident for at least 1 full year.
  2. Candidates must have started or worked in an entrepreneurial or social or green venture, or have worked on a socially innovative or sustainable strategies within an organisation for at least one year. Should you be interested in one of the focus areas, experience in these fields would be preferable, as well as a track record of exploring or initiating innovative approaches in these sectors.
  3. Candidates must demonstrate a strong moral character, strong entrepreneurial drive, a track record of action, leadership qualities, traits of social activism and a commitment to the sustainable development of emerging economies.
  4. Through the submission of an essay, candidates must show how the degree programme at this stage in their career will help to accelerate their impact and how it will contribute to the wider creation of value for society.
  5. Candidates must demonstrate some need for the scholarship, through either previous work experience, personal background or demonstrated commitment to start a social venture, which make self-funding the degree programme a significant burden.

Application instructions:

Candidates must first be eligible, comply with and apply for the MBA or MPhil programmes entrance requirements at the UCT Graduate School of Business. For full details about the MBA programme and the MPhil in Inclusive Innovation, eligibility, criteria and how to apply click here.

Interested candidates should submit the Bertha Scholarship Application Form together with their UCT application number received from the GSB Admissions Office, contact details and CV by the deadline 15 November 2015.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


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