Bertha Scholarships


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 the 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. 

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 Scholars at the GSB are part of this global Bertha Foundation network. 

What does the scholarship offer? 

The Bertha 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) and the MPhil in Inclusive Innovation

Who does the scholarship seek to support?

The Bertha scholarship is 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. In doing this, we aim to diversify the student body at the GSB, investing in their journey to increase their social impact as their career evolves. 

Am I eligible?

You are eligible for a Bertha Scholarship:

  • if you are an African citizen or permanent resident
  • if you have started or worked with a social/green/entrepreneurial innovative idea that seeks social or economic change
  • if you have worked on advancing social justice and pioneering inclusive opportunities through social innovation within an organisation
  • if you demonstrate strong leadership qualities within your field
  • if you meet the admission requirements of the university for your selected course of study. 

If you are interested, follow these steps to apply

  1. Submit your MBA or MPhil in Inclusive Innovation programme application before the respective deadlines to the GSB.
  2. Submit the GSB Scholarship Application Form which should include:
  • Your UCT GSB application number received from the GSB Admissions Office
  • Your contact details and your CV uploaded
  • Your answers to the three essay questions, which shows how the degree programme at this stage in your career will help to accelerate impact in your area of work/interest and how it will contribute to society as a whole.
  • Your short [no longer than four minute] video.
  • In the choice of scholarship on the application form, remember to select the option for Focus on Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship (Bertha Scholarship).

Note: You will only be able to take up the Bertha Scholarship if you are successfully admitted to the UCT GSB programme for which you have applied. 

Your submission will be assessed and you will only be contacted if you have been selected for an interview with the scholarship selection panel


*Application deadline TBA

Learn more about our past Bertha Scholars here on our Bertha Alumni page.

Contact The Bertha Centre


Tel:  +27 (0)21 406 1524 / 1514

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does the scholarship apply to international students who have not lived in an African country?
    Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of any African country.

  2. Does the scholarship apply to an MBA at any other university?
    The scholarship is only available for courses offered by the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.

  3. Would the scholarship be available to Modular MBA students as well?

  4. I have completed the online scholarship application; do you need anything else from me?
    You will need to complete the programme application process for your course of study. This is a separate application to the Bertha Centre's scholarship application process and is a requirement. Please see UCT GSB application processes here.
  5. What supporting documents do I need to send with my scholarship application?

  6. Applicants must supply the following documents:
    • Your UCT GSB student registration number.
    • A cover letter/motivational letter.
    • A copy of your CV.
    • Your short three/four minute video 

  7. Video Guidelines:  The video should be an expression of yourself - feel free to be as straightforward, or as creative, as you wish to be. There is no need for a professional production - using your mobile phone is fine.  

    Please see video examples below:
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