Scholarships Merit-based
Durham University

Ruth First Scholarship

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Various benefits
United Kingdom
28 Feb 2024
Application deadline


A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other.


Scholarship type

Merit based

Number of scholarships to award



Full tuition waiver + other benefits

Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction
  • living expenses
  • travel expenses
  • accommodation
  • other


The Ruth First Educational Trust aims to enable southern African students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake postgraduate study at Durham University. Southern Africa is defined for this purpose as comprising the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Scholarships make an important contribution towards social, educational and economic development in the region. In addition to their value to individuals they have a wide developmental impact, within and beyond southern Africa.

Ruth First Scholars have played positive leadership roles in their communities and are chosen for their active commitment to good causes and their academic ability.

Many former Ruth First Scholars now hold important positions in the public and private sectors in southern Africa and have become inspirational role models for young people.

Applicable programmes


Full payment of tuition fees.

Stipend for living expenses - 12 monthly payments.

One return air ticket from the home country to the UK and the cost of return travel between the UK airport and Durham City.

Fully funded accommodation and meals at St Chad's College.

'Settling in allowance' on arrival.

A contribution towards the cost of a UK visa and the UK Health surcharge.


Applicants must be a national of one of the following countries:

  • Angola;
  • Botswana;
  • Lesotho;
  • Malawi;
  • Mozambique;
  • Namibia;
  • Republic of South Africa;
  • Swaziland;
  • Zambia;
  • Zimbabwe.

Scholarship requirements




United Kingdom


9 nationalities

Study experience required





Application deadline

28 Feb 2024

Submit an academic application to Durham University for one of the eligible programmes by 28th February.

Submit an online scholarship application form by 28th February.


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