The University of Edinburgh will offer a Scholarship to a student from Africa for postgraduate Master’s study within the School of Divinity for the 2010-2011 academic session.
The Desmond Tutu Scholarship was set up in 2009 to commemorate the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity conferred by the University of Edinburgh on the Most Reverend Desmond Tutu in May 2009. During the graduation ceremony Archbishop Tutu spoke of the historic links between Africa and the University of Edinburgh: “Some of our first black physicians were people who had trained here and there is a long tradition that links this university with our part of the world.”
The Desmond Tutu Master’s Scholarship will cover the full overseas tuition fee and a maintenance allowance of £5,000. The award will be tenable for one academic year.
The scholarship will be awarded to a student from Africa who is accepted for admission on a full-time basis for a postgraduate Master’s programme of study within the School of Divinity.
Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh and should have firmly accepted that offer or be intending to do so.
The scholarship will be awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit with candidates requiring a Bachelor Degree equivalent to a UK first class or 2:1 Honours degree.
In addition to the above academic qualifications, the selection panel will also take into account the financial circumstances of applicants to ensure that as far as possible a student’s financial situation does not impede a university education at the University of Edinburgh.
Candidates may complete an online scholarship application or request one to be sent to them from:
The Scholarships and Student Finance Office
The University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh EH8 9YL
Telephone: +44 131 651 4070
Candidates should make specific reference within their online scholarship application at Section 3 (Personal Statement) of the intended focus of their dissertation which they will carry out as part of their Master’s degree.
Completed application forms must be returned to the Scholarships and Student Finance Office no later than 1 April.
A Selection Committee will meet in mid May to select the scholarship holder. The winner of the scholarship will be announced in late May.