Funded UK Postgraduate Study for South Africans in the Cecil Renaud Overseas Scholarship 2021

Apply for the Cecil Renaud Overseas Scholarships 2021 and you could be one of two students, granted a postgraduate study for a maximum of 2 years to obtain your Master’s degree or Ph.D. in the United Kingdom. 

If you are selected, you get to attend a university of your choice with the costs covered.

See details on how to apply, benefits, eligibility and deadline below

Application Deadline: October 31, 2020


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Successful candidates selected in the Cecil Renaud Overseas Scholarship scheme are awarded

  • A maximum of 2 years for postgraduate study (Masters degree (or equivalent) or Ph.D.) in the United Kingdom with costs covered 
  • The student gets to study at a university of their choice.


Applications are open to:

  • South African Nationals 
  • Applicants who have completed a major part of their secondary schooling in KwaZulu-Natal
  • Applicants under the age of 27 at the time of applying for the scholarship
  • Postgraduate students who have completed or are currently studying towards an Honours degree


  • Graduate students who have completed 4 years of undergraduate study and hold a Bachelor Degree 
  • Applicants who have attained, or aim to achieve
    • Undergraduate or Honours degree(s) cum laude or summa cum laude
    • Dean’s Commendations and Certificates of Merit (or equivalent) 
  • Applicants with a drive to make a significant impact on their discipline and the world
  • Applicants with a good track record in extracurricular activities
  • Applicants with a passion to succeed and make positive contributions to South Africa
  • Former scholars who have read towards varied fields including an MPhil in Development Studies, an MA in Applied Theology, an MSc in Mathematics and an MA in Singing.

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Application Instructions

To apply, 

  • Download the application form
  • Click here to apply
  • Then send the completed application and supporting documentation to  and the address on the form.

About the Cecil Renaud Overseas Scholarship

The Cecil Renaud Educational and Charitable Trust was established in 1988 by Dr. Cecil Renaud, a prominent Durban Philanthropist. Following his demise, the trustees he bequeathed the residue of his estate to, established the Overseas Scholarship.

An annual scholarship opportunity, the Cecil Renaud Overseas Scholarship scheme selects one or two students and awards them, for a maximum of two years, a postgraduate study in the United Kingdom at a university of their choosing.

Since 1994, 28 scholarships have been awarded to the deserving young South Africans. 

Beneficiaries of the scholarship in the past have attended, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, and the University of London across a wide range of disciplines.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

All applications with required documents should be submitted on or before October 31, 2020 

Right after the submission of applications has ended, applications will be assessed by the board of trustees. 

Candidates will be shortlisted, notified, and invited to interview. 

After the interviews, the trustees may select up to two candidates. The selection criteria is based on:

  • Academic Excellence 
  • Evidenced drive to make impactful change 
  • Attended secondary School In KZN
  • Studying at a South African University 
  • Evidenced Focus, Commitment, stamina And Leadership skills 
  • Any Field of Study

Past scholars

Past beneficiaries of the Cecil Renaud Overseas Scholarship includes but is not limited to:

  • Tuscany Parkin, 2019: Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford
  • Max du Plessis, 1996: LLM at the University of Cambridge and now a trustee and selector for the scholarship.
  • Murray Polkinghorne, 2018: MPhil in Translational Biomedical Research at the University of Cambridge
  • Tiffany de Waynecourt-Steele, 1999: Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford
  • Shireen Omar, 2003: Masters in Politics at the University of York
  • Gabriella La Foy, 2004: Masters of Law – Public International Law at the University of Cambridge
  • Cameron Peters, 2018: MSc in Film Aesthetics at the University of Oxford
  • Daniel Agbiboa, 2011: MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge
  • Bareng Aletta S. Nonyane, 1999: PhD in Statistics at the University of Edinburgh
  • James Dray, 2005: MPhil in Comparative Government at the University of Oxford

Read more on other scholars here 

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