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Canon Collins Trust has been running postgraduate scholarship programmes for southern African candidates since 1981. During this time, the Trust has supported more than 3,500 scholars from 14 southern African countries. Today the Trust runs ten postgraduate scholarship programmes for study in the UK, Ireland, South Africa and Malawi. Over 100 scholars are currently pursuing postgraduate studies at more than a dozen universities through these scholarships.


  • LLB Scholarships - University of the Western Cape & University of Fort Hare

This scholarship is for third and/or fourth year study in Law at the University of Western Cape and the University of Fort Hare, who are Eswatini citizens and in possession of good results for completed years of study, or be able to demonstrate improvement. Awards will be R40,000 per academic year for up to a maximum of two years. This is for both full and part-time study and considers applications from those who wish to study by distance learning.

  • Thegko Bursary

The Canon Collins Thekgo Bursary has been restructured from providing registration fee for first year students to providing bursaries that alleviate undergraduate students’ debt. Students who have completed their undergraduate/Honours studies, but their degree certificates/academic records have been withheld due to outstanding debt owed to the university, can apply for debt relief of up to R20,000 in the following disciplines:

  • Languages and Literature

  • Media Studies

  • Gender Studies

  • Education

  • Arts (Digital Arts, Drama/Performance Studies, Visual Arts/Fine Arts, History of Art, Film and Television Studies, Music)


  • RMTF Scholarship

Canon Collins Trust in partnership with RMTF seek to support exceptional individuals who are committed to social justice in southern Africa and for whom a postgraduate qualification is an essential tool in working to create an open and just society. In 2021, due to the impact of Covid-19 pandemic and funding availability, the trust will only be supporting postgraduate studies within the area of Education at South African universities. The research focus must relate to one of the following themes:

  • Improving quality of education in southern Africa

  • Access to education in southern Africa

This scholarship provides funding for up to a maximum of two years for Masters and three years for PhD. The value of the scholarship package will range from R20,000 to R100,000 depending on student circumstances. Both full and part-time study are eligible, and the committee will consider applications from those who wish to study by distance learning.

  • Commonwealth Scholarship

Canon Collins Trust acts as a nominating agency for Commonwealth Scholarships, and each year nominates 14 individuals for fully-funded Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s or PhD study at any UK university. To be eligible for nomination for this scholarship:

  • 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 applying for a full-time masters at a UK university

  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship

  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format. Applications with any outstanding documents or reference letters will not be considered


  1. There is no limit to how many scholarships offered by Canon Collins you can apply for, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. However, you cannot hold more than one Canon Collins Trust scholarship at the same time.

  2. Canon Collins will accept your application if you haven’t been accepted by your university yet. However, if you are successful in your application for our scholarship, this will be conditional on your being accepted and attending your chosen course of study.

  3. Ideally, you should submit an academic reference (preferably from your current supervisor) and a reference from an employer. If you have never been employed, we will accept a reference from voluntary work, or two academic references.

  4. In general, you will need the following documents when applying: One academic reference, One employment reference, A copy of your transcripts from any previous university degrees, A copy of your degree certificate from any previous university degrees, The last two months’ payslips, if you are employed.

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