This fund aids exceptional students from South Africa to complete their postgraduate studies abroad in any country and any field. Scholarships are for a maximum period of two years and to the value of R400 000 per year to cover tuition, books, accommodation, meals and other relevant needs.
This Scholarship program has bursaries available in all fields of study and these studies are for any International Recognized University in any other country outside of South Africa. Here are some of the fields of study students can consider and some of the Universities providing these study fields.
University of Amsterdam
University of Germany – Institute of Human Genetics
King College London
Duisenberg School of Finance
University of Cambridge
University of Columbia
University of Oxford
To be selected candidates has to prove excellence in all study fields academically as well as show leadership qualities, strength in their character, involvement in their communities and a great potential to becoming a destiny maker not only for him/herself but all those around them.
Although there is no set age restriction candidates under 35 will receive preference.
Candidates who have or are currently studying abroad will be excluded from selection.
Successful candidates have to return home to South Africa, work and stay in South Africa for a minimum period of five years after completing their studies.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of senior staff including Chairman Laurie Dippenaar himself and a long list of 30 candidates will be chosen. These 30 candidates will be interview either in person or telephonically and if needed the panel would also enquire from specialists, their opinions about candidates. The shortened list will compromise of only ten candidates who will then be required to attend a final interview in Sandton. The selected candidates will be notified before the end of May that year.
Bursaries online applications cannot be made but the form can, however, be downloaded and emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of Beth van Heerden. Your reference letters can also be mailed to this e-mail as long as they are clearly marked. For application forms, candidates can use the link, although bursary forms will only become available in November.
You can also complete the form, print it out and forward it along with all required documentation to the following address:
First Rand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship
Attention: Beth van Heerden
P.O. Box 650149
4 Merchant Place
Corner Of Fredman Drive & Rivonia Rd.
The following documentation will need to accompany your application:
Applications will be open from middle December each year and close the end of February but applications can be acquired from November.
Be sure to include all the relevant documentation and that your application is completed fully. Additionally, try not to send a personal statement that is longer than a 1000 words but does clarify why you feel you are the best candidate for the Scholarship. Enlighten the panel to what it is that sets you above the rest and why you feel you can change destiny. Moreover, inform the board of how you will be able to make a positive impact in South Africa that could change the future with the Scholarship. Please also indicate your reason for choosing your field of study and the selected University for study. Also, include your career plans in addition to your life plans upon completion of your studies.
You might also be interested in our other International Bursaries.