Higher education is transformative for society and Southern Africa’s development depends on strong leadership in key fields. Yet while the benefits of higher education continue to rise, the costs of being left behind are also growing. The underfunding of postgraduate studies has become a looming crisis and a major impediment to transformation. This is why we have supported over 4,000 individuals whose education addresses some of the most pressing issues in contemporary southern African society.
On top of a strong academic record and a passion for research, our scholars must demonstrate their commitment to employing their skillsets to achieve impact. Learning and collaboration between scholars, activists and civil society organisations are intentionally fostered, both during and after the scholarship experience. Our focus on education also extends to access to primary and secondary schooling. Through support of our partner Equal Education, the Trust advocates for quality and equality in the South African education system.