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FirstRand Oxford African Studies Scholarship 2024 at the University of Oxford

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SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW

Applications are now open for the FirstRand Oxford African Studies Scholarship 2024 for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford.

Closing date: 19 January 2024, 12:00 UK time.

FirstRand has entered into a partnership, for another four years, with the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies to allow an outstanding South African student to study for an MSc in African Studies at one of the world’s foremost universities, the University of Oxford.

ABOUT FIRSTRAND

FirstRand Limited, also referred to as FirstRand Group is the holding company of FirstRand Bank, and is a financial services provider in South Africa.

FirstRand Limited, through its portfolio of integrated financial services businesses, operates in South Africa, certain markets in sub-Saharan Africa, the UK, and India.

The group’s track record of delivering superior returns to shareholders has been achieved through a combination of organic growth, acquisitions, innovation and the creation of completely new businesses.

Listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX), FirstRand Limited is the largest financial institution by market capitalisation in Africa.

ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP

FirstRand has entered into a partnership, for another four years, with the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies to allow an outstanding South African student to study for an MSc in African Studies at one of the world’s foremost universities, the University of Oxford.

The scholarship will provide full funding for one student a year to study for an MSc at the School of Global and Area Studies at the University of Oxford. The successful candidate will be housed at Wadham College.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Preference will be given to candidates under the age of 35.
  • Candidates who are currently, or have been, studying overseas for degree purposes will not be considered for this scholarship.

  • Successful candidates are required to return to South Africa for at least five years after completing their studies.
  • What makes this scholarship different from most is not only the personal interest which Laurie Dippenaar takes in the selection process, but also his interest in the ongoing progress of the recipients.

The successful candidates will have excelled academically in their chosen field and will have been able to demonstrate:

  • leadership qualities;
  • strength of character;
  • community involvement; and
  • the potential to be a destiny changer in his or her chosen field.

Candidates who are currently, or have been studying overseas for degree purposes, will not be considered for this scholarship.

Successful candidates are required to return to South Africa for at least five years after completing their studies.

SELECTION PROCESS

FirstRand will conduct the interviewing and selection process, which will run concurrently with the FirstRand international postgraduate scholarship programme.

Candidates will be assessed based on academic excellence, leadership ability, community involvement and their potential to be a destiny changer.

Candidates have to apply and be accepted for an MSc in African Studies at the University of Oxford. Confirmation of each received application will be emailed to the applicant upon receipt of his or her application.

Email queries can be sent for attention Beth van Heerden at [email protected]

HOW TO APPLY

For more information and to apply for the MSc in African Studies visit: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/msc-african-studies

Candidates may email [email protected] or [email protected] with any additional questions.

Closing date for applications is Friday 19 January 2024, 12:00 UK time.

Applications can be submitted online only.

FirstRand and the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies are looking for the best applicants who will truly benefit from the opportunity and contribute to South Africa on their return.

Decisions of the adjudication panels are final and correspondence regarding their decisions will not be entered into. The panels reserve the right not to make an award.


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