Scotland: Fully Funded Desmond Tutu/Church of Scotland Scholarships at University of Edinburgh, 2018

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The Desmond Tutu/Church of Scotland Scholarship for African Students was set up in 2009 to commemorate the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity conferred by the University on the most Reverend Desmond Tutu. The Scholarship is awarded to an African student who has been 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 of the General Secretary or Principal Clerk of their church

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.”

Country of Study: Scotland Institution/ University: University of Edinburgh
Application Deadline:  2nd April 2018. Level of Study: Masters



The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582, is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s ancient universities.

The University of Edinburgh was ranked 19th in the world by the 2016–17 QS rankings. It is now ranked 23rd in the world according to 2018 QS Rankings. It is ranked as the 6th best university in Europe by the U.S. News’ Best Global Universities Ranking, and 7th best in Europe by the Times Higher Education Ranking. The Research Excellence Framework, a research ranking used by the UK government to determine future research funding, ranked Edinburgh 4th in the UK for research power, and 11th overall. It is ranked the 78th most employable university in the world by the 2017 Global Employability University Ranking.


Church of Scotland

Scholarship Benefits

The scholarship will cover:

  • Full overseas tuition fee
  • Accommodation within a Church of Scotland flat within Edinburgh
  • £440 per calendar month for living costs
  • Visa costs
  • One return airfare
  • Insurance from Church of Scotland business travel, underwritten by Aviva.

The award will be tenable for one academic year.

Study Subject

Departments in school of Divinity

Eligibility Requirement

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.

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

  • Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana
  • Presbyterian Church of Ghana
  • Presbyterian Church of East Africa
  • Synod of the Nile of the Evangelical Church of Egypt
  • Church of Central Africa Presbyterian
  • Igreja Evangelica de Cristo em Mocambique
  • Presbyterian Church of Nigeria
  • Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa
  • Presbyterian Church of South Sudan
  • United Church of Zambia
  • Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa

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.


1 year

Application Procedure

Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application

The scholarship deadline is 2nd April 2018.

Please note you will not be able to access the online application form unless you have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.

The online scholarship application form is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via MyEd our web based information portal at

When logging in to MyEd, you will need your University User Name and password. If you require assistance, please go to

Official Link



One thought on “Scotland: Fully Funded Desmond Tutu/Church of Scotland Scholarships at University of Edinburgh, 2018

  • I’m Damtew Dawit from Ethiopia. I have BA degree in Language and Literature/Sidaamu Afoo and Literature. And I’m working in Hawassa University being Graduate Assistant (GA). If I have a chance of scholarship from you, I want to study the following fields of study.
    1. MA in Jourinalism and Mass Communication
    2. MA in Linguistics
    3. MA in Literature
    4. MA in Sociology and other related fields of study.

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