FirstRand International Postgraduate Scholarships 2020/2021

Here is an opportunity for interested applicants to apply for the ongoing FirstRand International Postgraduate Scholarship 2020 – 2021. Applicants should see below to know about FirstRand International Postgraduate Scholarship 2020 – 2021 details.

FirstRand Limited is a South African financial service provider founded in 1998. The company is into lending, asset management, investment, insurance and transactional services. FirstRand Limited is licensed by South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and headquartered in Johannesburg, FirstRand has employee over 40,000.

The FirstRand come into place as a result of the merger between Anglo American Corporation of South African Limited (Anglo American plc) and RMB Holdings.

FirstRand International Postgraduate Scholarship

ABOUT FIRSTRAND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMMES

The FirstRand scholarship for international students is in different categories, they are:
1) FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship:

  • Available for any postgraduate programme
  • Applicants will have to complete a study outside of South Africa at an international university of your choice
  • The scholarship value is R850 000
  • After the programme, students will have to return to South Africa for a minimum of 5 years after completing their studies

2) FirstRand Foundation Scholarship:

  • Available for previously disadvantaged students
  • Available for any postgraduate programme
  • Applicants will have to complete a study outside of South Africa at an international university of your choice
  • The scholarship value is R850 000
  • After the programme, students will have to return to South Africa for a minimum of 5 years after completing their studies

3) FirstRand Oxford African Studies scholarship at the University of Oxford:

  • This is available for applicants interested in a Masters degree at the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford
  • Available for academically deserving student
  • Full scholarship is given to one student each year
  • Students will be accommodated at Wadham College
  • A partnership that will run for 3 years
  • To find out more information on the MSc in African Studies and application information, visit: http://www.africanstudies.ox.ac.uk/msc-african-studies

Note: Applications close on 24 January 2020

4) FirstRand FNB Fund Scholarship for international Masters study in Education at the University of Oxford:

  • Awarded to students applying for a Masters degree at the Department of Education at the University of Oxford
  • Available for academically deserving student
  • Full scholarship is given to one student each year
  • Students will be accommodated at Wadham College
  • A partnership will run for 4 years
  • To find out more information on the MSc in African Studies and application information, visit:https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/social-sciences/education?wssl=1

Note: Applications close on 24 January 2020

5) FirstRand FNB Fund Postgraduate Education Scholarship:

  • For interested in a postgraduate qualification in Education
  • Studies will be outside of South Africa at an international university of your choice
  • The scholarship value is R850 000
  • After the programme, students will have to return to South Africa for a minimum of 5 years after completing their studies

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMMES SELECTION DETAILS

The selection of successful applicants will involve the following:
1) An email notification will be sent to you to signify that your application has been received.
2) Each application will be assessed by at least of 3 preliminary evaluators from FirstRand, FNB, RMB, TSI and prior scholarship recipients.
3) Approximately 40 applicants will be selected and invited to attend an interview in Cape Town or Sandton.
4) Four shortlisted candidates will be selected for the 2 education scholarships – these applicants will undergo a final interview in Sandton on 17 April 2020. Also, ten shortlisted candidates selected for the FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar, FirstRand Foundation international postgraduate and the FirstRand Oxford African Studies scholarship – these applicants will attend a final interview in Sandton on 21 April 2020.
5) At the end of 2020, a final decision and announcement will be made.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants will have to meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for the program:

1) FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship:

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Excellent academic record
  • Interested in studying a postgraduate program, in any field, at an international university of your choice
  • NOT currently or previously been studying overseas
  • Have the following qualities: strong leadership skills, strong personal character, involvement in the community, ability to make a difference in your field of study
  • Students under the age of 35 are preferable

2) FirstRand Foundation scholarship:

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • From a previously disadvantaged background
  • Good academic record
  • Interested in studying a postgraduate program, in any field, at an international university of your choice
  • NOT currently or previously been studying overseas
  • Have the following qualities: strong leadership skills, strong personal character, involvement in the community, ability to make a difference in your field of study
  • Students under the age of 35 are preferable

3) FirstRand Oxford African Studies scholarship at the University of Oxford:

  • South African citizen
  • Been accepted to the University of Oxford, in the MSc in African Studies programme
  • Willing to contribute to South Africa development after graduation and returning home
  • Have the following qualities: strong leadership skills, strong personal character, involvement in the community, ability to make a difference in your field of study

4) FirstRand FNB Fund Scholarship for international Masters study in Education at the University of Oxford:

  • South African citizen
  • Must have been accepted to the University of Oxford, in the Masters in Education programme
  • Willing to contribute to South Africa development after graduation and returning home
  • Have the following qualities: strong leadership skills, strong personal character, involvement in the community, ability to make a difference in your field of study

5) FirstRand FNB Fund Postgraduate Education Scholarship:

  • South African citizen
  • Good academic record
  • Interested in studying a postgraduate program, in any field, at an international university of your choice
  • NOT currently or previously been studying overseas
  • Have the following qualities: strong leadership skills, strong personal character, involvement in the community, ability to make a difference in your field of study
  • Students under the age of 35 are preferable

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP

Applications are online, use this link for your application: https://bursaries.firstrand.co.za/

You have to register an account at https://bursaries.firstrand.co.za/Account/Register before you can apply and then log in to https://bursaries.firstrand.co.za/Account/Login and proceed with your application.

You can also access the frequently asked questions to get answers to your questions. Applicants are to submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your application form. Failure to do so will disqualify you.

  • A copy of your ID document
  • Photo of face
  • A copy of your Matric results
  • Minimum of 2 references (people whom you have worked under in an academic setting or in another area of interest). Confidential references can be emailed from the referee to [email protected] and clearly marked with your name (or can accompany your application form).
  • A personal statement explaining why you deserve to be awarded this scholarship (max. 1 000 words)

CLOSING DATE

The FirstRand Scholarship application will close on 20 February 2020. Any application submitted after this date will not be considered.

CONTACT THE BURSARY PROVIDER

You can contact FirstRand using the following:
Contact Person: Beth van Heerden
Email: [email protected]

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