The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship was established as a specialised unit at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) in 2011, in partnership with Bertha Foundation, a family foundation that works with inspiring leaders who are catalysts for social and economic change.
Through this partnership the GSB strengthens its commitment to transformation and equality and UCT’s strategic goal to address key development challenges facing Africa.
While the Bertha Foundation supports activists, storytellers and lawyers across the world, who are working to bring about social and economic justice, and human rights for all; the Bertha Centre Scholars at the GSB are part of a larger Bertha Foundation network of “troublemakers/radical actors” whose purpose it is to challenge the status quo for social justice - in this case through social innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Bertha Centre Scholarship covers full or partial costs of a wide variety of programmes at the UCT Graduate School of Business. These include the MBA (both full-time and the modular programme), the MPhil in Inclusive Innovation, and PhD programmes. The scholarship caters for candidates* committed to advancing social justice and pioneering inclusive opportunities through social innovation and entrepreneurship.
* provided they meet the admissions requirements of the university
The Bertha Centre scholarships are open to innovators, entrepreneurs, out-of-the-box thinkers, system-entrepreneurs, change-makers, social activists and cross-disciplinary candidates from any field provided they are actively involved in the exploration of social, environmental and/or economic justice using innovative approaches.
If you are an African citizen (or a South African permanent resident for at least one year.)
If you have:
Experience in these fields would be preferable, as well as a track record of action exploring or initiating innovative approaches in these sectors.
If you can demonstrate strong leadership qualities within your field.
Finally, you must demonstrate some level of financial need for the scholarship*.
* We consider any circumstance that would make self-funding the degree programme a significant burden, including previous work experience, personal background or demonstrated commitment to start a social venture.
You must first be eligible, comply with and apply for the MBA or MPhil programmes entrance requirements at the UCT Graduate School of Business*.
You would then submit the Bertha Centre Scholarship Application Form which should include:
*For full details about the MBA programme and the MPhil in Inclusive Innovation programme, eligibility, criteria and how to apply click here.
Note: You will only be able to take up the Bertha Centre Scholarship if you are successfully admitted to the UCT GSB MBA, MPhil or PhD programmes.
Your submission will be assessed and the Bertha Centre will contact you only if you have been selected for an interview with the scholarship selection panel.
The next application period will be announced soon.
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