In 2015 the Trust revised its South African scholarship awards policy. We now offer scholarships only to those studying in three areas:
- Justice, which includes Law, Economics, Politics and the Environment
- Education: policy and practice
- Humanities, which includes Literature, History, Anthropology and the Arts
In 2022, climate justice will be a priority. Climate Justice related scholarship applications may be in a science or applied science field as long as the application can demonstrate its relevance to climate justice related matters.
Applications for courses that are not within these areas (for example MBAs, medical sciences, sports sciences) will be rejected.
How to apply
Applications open on Wednesday 30th June 2021. The deadline for applications is at 15:00 BST on Mon, 9th August 2021.
Late applications will not be considered.
We are building a community of leaders, thinkers, activists, and social justice organisations
Through our higher education and research funding, project grants and international events programme, our unique approach cultivates a space where activism and research meet.
- Education - Higher education is transformative for society and Southern Africa’s development depends on strong leadership in key fields. Yet while the benefits of higher education continue to rise, the costs of being left behind are also growing. The underfunding of postgraduate studies has become a looming crisis and a major impediment to transformation. This is why we have supported over 4,000 individuals whose education addresses some of the most pressing issues in contemporary southern African society.
- Human Rights - Our work is underpinned by a spirit of solidarity rooted in our history in the anti-apartheid struggle. Our partnerships with the Legal Resources Centre, Equal Education and others help to empower some of South Africa’s most marginalised communities. We value our partnerships extremely highly, as a mutually beneficial relationship of solidarity. We remain accountable to each other, promising transparency and fairness in our dealings with each other, and learning from each other’s work.
- Accountability - We are committed to ensuring accountability to our stakeholders and being guided by our policies as we support our partners’ programme administration and administer our own scholarships. The Canon Collins Trust values its partnerships with civil society organisations in South Africa extremely highly, as a mutually beneficial relationship of solidarity, or a partnership of equals. Any funding we manage to raise for our partners’ work does not change this dynamic. We remain accountable to each other, promising transparency and fairness in our dealings with each other, and learning from each other’s work.
Sol Plaatje Educational Project operates as a non-profit organization, promoting the education of people in Southern Africa. The Canon Collins Sol Plaatjie Scholarships support exceptional individuals from South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe who are committed to social justice and for whom a postgraduate qualification is an essential tool in working to create an open and just society.
Since 2001, the Sol Plaatje Educational Project has donated £1.6m towards Canon Collins scholarships and projects including the Phelophepa Train, the Giyani Science Centre and 154 scholars. In 2021, we have 24 Canon Collins Sol Plaatje scholars. Sol Plaatje Educational Project sponsors scholars to the value of £150 000 per annum. The trustees of the Sol Plaatjie Educational Project are Bill Frankel, Nasima Badsha, Horst Kleinschmidt and Michael Mbikiwa.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
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: Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
- 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
Please apply only if you are eligible and meet ALL of the above criteria.
Deadline: August 09, 2021
Cost/funding for participants:
What we offer
- In 2021, the value of the scholarship package will range from R20,000 to R100,000 depending on student circumstances. We support both full and part-time Masters and PhD level study at a South African university and will consider applications from those who wish to study by distance learning.
- We also organise 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.