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Desmond Tutu/Church of Scotland 2021-2022 Fully-funded Masters Scholarships for African Students

The scholarship will be awarded to a student from Africa who is accepted on a full-time basis for a one year postgraduate Masters programme of study within the School of Divinity and who has the official endorsement from the General Secretary or Principal Clerk of their Church.

This scholarship was set up in 2009 to commemorate the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity conferred by the University on the Most Reverend Desmond Tutu.

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.”

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Desmond Tutu/Church of Scotland Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Desmond Tutu/Church of Scotland Masters Scholarship

 The scholarship will cover:

  1. Full overseas tuition fee
  2. Accommodation within a Church of Scotland flat within Edinburgh
  3. £500 per calendar month for living costs
  4. Visa costs
  5. One return airfare
  6. Insurance from Church of Scotland business travel, underwritten by Aviva.

Duration of Scholarship: one academic year.


Requirements for Desmond Tutu/Church of Scotland Masters Scholarship Qualification

  1. The scholarship will be awarded to a student from Africa who is accepted on a full-time basis for a one year postgraduate Masters programme of study within the School of Divinity. Shortlisted candidates will require to have the official endorsement from the General Secretary or the Principal Clerk of their Church.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Applicants must be a member of a Church of Scotland partner church in Africa. Eligible partner churches are:

  1. Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana
  2. Presbyterian Church of Ghana
  3. Presbyterian Church of East Africa
  4. Synod of the Nile of the Evangelical Church of Egypt
  5. Church of Central Africa Presbyterian
  6. Igreja Evangelica de Cristo em Mocambique
  7. Presbyterian Church of Nigeria
  8. Presbyterian Church of South Sudan
  9. The Programme of Christian Muslim Relations in Africa’
  10. United Church of Zambia
  11. Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa 

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Interview date, Process and Venue for Desmond Tutu/Church of Scotland Masters Scholarship

All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June 2021.


Application Deadline

April 5, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to University of Edinburgh on www.myed.ed.ac.uk to apply
  1. In order to gain access to the scholarship application system applicants must have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh. Please note that, following the submission of an application for admission, it can take up to ten working days for all system checks to be completed and for access to be granted.
  2. The online scholarship application form is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via MyEd our web based information portal at https://www.myed.ed.ac.uk
  3. When logging in to MyEd, you will need your University User Name and password. If you require assistance, please go to http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-systems/support-guidance

For more details, visit University of Edinburgh website



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