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FirstRand International Postgraduate Scholarships 2022

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FirstRand International Postgraduate Scholarships

The FirstRand International Postgraduate Scholarships

About the Company– FIRSTRAND

FirstRand Limited is a South African financial services company that offers lending, investments, asset management, insurance, and transactional services. It was founded in 1998. FirstRand, which is headquartered in Johannesburg and is licensed by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), employs about 40 000 people.

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Anglo American Corporation of South Africa Limited (Anglo American plc) and RMB Holdings merged to form the FirstRand group.

About FirstRand International Postgraduate Scholarships – Fields Covered

For the academic year 2022, FirstRand is encouraging students to apply for their international postgraduate scholarship programs.

FirstRand is giving away five different scholarships:

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1) FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship: is for postgraduate studies in ANY field of study, at ANY international university.
2) FirstRand Foundation Scholarship: is for previously disadvantaged students, for postgraduate studies in ANY field of study, at ANY international university.
3) FirstRand Oxford African Studies scholarship at the University of Oxford: is for a postgraduate MSc in African Studies, at the University of Oxford.
4) FirstRand FNB Fund Scholarship for international Masters study in Education at the University of Oxford: is for a postgraduate masters degree in education, at the University of Oxford.
5) FirstRand FNB Fund Postgraduate Education Scholarship: is for a postgraduate qualification in education, at ANY international university.

More about the FirstRand Scholarship Programme – Coverage Value

The following values will be recognized with scholarships:

  • FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship: R925 000.
  • FirstRand Foundation Scholarship: R925 000.
  • FirstRand Oxford African Studies scholarship at the University of Oxford: full funding for 1 year of study and housing at Wadham College.
  • FirstRand FNB Fund Scholarship for international Masters study in Education at the University of Oxford: full funding for 1 year of study and housing at Wadham College.
  • FirstRand FNB Fund Postgraduate Education Scholarship: R925 000.

More about the FirstRand Scholarship Programme – Selection

The following steps will be included in the selection process:

  • All applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their application (via email).
  • All applications will be assessed by a minimum of 3 preliminary evaluators from FirstRand, FNB, RMB, as well as previous scholarship recipients.
  • Approximately 40 candidates are shortlisted and will be invited to attend an interview – in Cape Town, Sandton or online via Microsoft Teams.
  • 10 further shortlisted candidates will be selected for the FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship, FirstRand Foundation Scholarship and FirstRand Oxford African Studies scholarship – final interviews for these scholarships will take place on 10 May 2022 in Sandton.
  • 4 shortlisted candidates will be selected for the 2 Education scholarships and will be interviewed on 17 May 2022 in Sandton.
  • Final announcements will be made no later than 31 May 2022.

Eligibility Criteria

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Before applying, applicants must meet the following minimal entry criteria (please note that if you do not meet all of the requirements, your application will be rejected):

1) FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship:

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must intend on studying towards a postgraduate qualification, in ANY field of study
  • You must intend on studying outside of South Africa, at any international university
  • You must NOT currently or previously studied overseas
  • You must be willing to return to South Africa for a minimum of 5 years after completing your qualification
  • You must have an excellent academic record
  • Must demonstrate the following qualities: leadership skills; strong character; community involvement; and potential to be a destiny changer your chosen field
  • Preference will be given to students under 35 years old

2) FirstRand Foundation Scholarship:

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must be from a previously disadvantaged background
  • You must intend on studying towards a postgraduate qualification, in ANY field of study
  • You must intend on studying outside of South Africa, at any international university
  • You must NOT currently or previously studied overseas
  • You must be willing to return to South Africa for a minimum of 5 years after completing your qualification
  • You must demonstrate the following qualities: leadership skills; strong character; community involvement; and potential to be a destiny changer your chosen field
  • Preference will be given to students under 35 years old

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

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must have been accepted to study towards a MSc in African Studies at the University of Oxford (see more here: http://www.africanstudies.ox.ac.uk/msc-african-studies)
  • You must have an excellent academic record
  • You must demonstrate the following qualities: leadership skills; community involvement; and potential to be a destiny changer your chosen field
  • You must contribute to South Africa after completing studies and returning to the country

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

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must have been accepted to study towards a full-time Masters degree in Education at the University of Oxford (see more here: https://www.education.ox.ac.uk/programmes/msc-education/)
  • You must have an excellent academic record
  • You must demonstrate the following qualities: leadership skills; community involvement; and potential to be a destiny changer your chosen field
  • You must contribute to South Africa after completing studies and returning to the country

5) FirstRand FNB Fund Postgraduate Education Scholarship:

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must intend on studying towards a postgraduate qualification in Education
  • You must intend on studying outside of South Africa, at any international university
  • You must NOT currently or previously studied overseas
  • You must be willing to return to South Africa for a minimum of 5 years after completing your qualification
  • You must demonstrate the following qualities: leadership skills; strong character; community involvement; and potential to be a destiny changer your chosen field
  • Preference will be given to students under 35 years old

How to Apply

Applications for the FirstRand Scholarship Application 2022 must be filed online.

Candidates must first create an account before logging in and submitting their application.

Along with your completed application form, submit clear copies of the following supporting papers (submission of these documents is mandatory; if any elements are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • Copy of your ID document
  • Photo of face
  • 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: firstrandpgscholarship@firstrand.co.za and clearly marked with your name (or can accompany your application form).
  • A personal statement explaining why you deserve to be awarded this scholarship (maximum 1 000 words)

APPLY:

Closing Date

3 March 2022. (Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted – please apply before the closing date to ensure your application is considered.)

Contact Details

Please contact FirstRand immediately with any questions about these scholarship programs:

Contact Person: Beth van Heerden
Email: firstrandpgscholarship@firstrand.co.za

Students interested in studying at the University of Oxford should send an email to: admissions@area.ox.ac.uk / msc.education@education.ox.ac.uk

Students should also read the following frequently asked questions and answers before submitting any queries.

If this bursary has already closed, please do not contact FirstRand. Check out our other available bursaries here.

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