UCT GSB Scholarships

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The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) has scholarship funding available and is offering talented young South Africans and African citizens an opportunity to join its top-ranked academic programmes in 2019. Fully or partially funded scholarships are available for the following programmes:

  • MBA Full-time
  • MBA Modular
  • MPhil
  • PhD

Candidates must meet the admission criteria for their respective programme and be accepted into the programme in order to receive the scholarship.


The GSB Foundation’s mission is to provide the most talented students, regardless of their financial circumstances, an opportunity to benefit from a world-class education at the GSB. This scholarship will be awarded to candidates who want to study the Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Candidates for the GSB Foundation Scholarship must fulfil two broad criteria:

  • Individuals who have been accepted onto the MBA programme at the UCT Graduate School of Business and offered a place in an upcoming class;
  • Driven individuals with a passion for the African continent and its drive towards business, government and societal relevance and excellence.


The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Bertha Foundation awards scholarships to nurture a new generation of social innovators and promote entrepreneurial solutions to help solve some of the urgent social and environmental problems of our time. To date the Centre has awarded over ZAR 7 million in funding to more than 60 students from across the African continent.

The Bertha Scholarship covers full or partial costs of the MBA (both full-time and the modular programme) and MPhil specialising in Inclusive Innovation programmes at the UCT Graduate School of Business.


The Sainsbury Fellowships are awarded by the Sainsbury Management Fellows' Society (SA) to South Africans from previously disadvantaged backgrounds who are qualified engineering or science graduates that intend to:

  • Continue to work in South Africa;
  • Continue to work in the engineering or science sectors or related sectors after completing the MBA programme.

Scholarships are either awarded for full-time or modular study and could include full or part funding of the tuition fees. A fully paid-for research fellowship for Cambridge University is also available for exceptional candidates who have a career path mapped with a specific employer in the engineering or science fields.


The Molteno Brothers' Trust is a charitable and educational trust founded by the Molteno Brothers in the Elgin valley. The aim of the Trust is to provide scholarships to full-time MBA students who come from agricultural and economics backgrounds and wish to pursue a career in this field post-MBA. Up to 75% of tuition fees will be paid per student.

The scholarship will be awarded to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence;
  • Financial need;
  • South African citizenship;
  • Intention to work in the agricultural sector after degree completion.


The Mining Indaba, an annual conference that aims to unite investors, mining companies, governments and other stakeholders from around the world to advance mining in Africa and contribute towards the attainment of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, is sponsoring a bursary to the value of ZAR 230 000 per year for a student studying an MPhil specialising in Inclusive Innovation at the UCT GSB.

The successful applicant will be expected to focus their MPhil research on the actual and potential impact of the Mining Indaba with regards to driving inclusive development in Africa through mining. They will need to make both a practical and theoretical contribution to the question of how large events such as this can help address shared challenges. The student will be given the full support of the Mining Indaba team, and she or he will engage in participant observation during the Mining Indaba event in February 2020.


This PhD scholarship is awarded to first year students wishing to pursue research on innovation processes and industry emergence and/or evolution. This is part of a research programme initiated and supported by Dr Ken Davidian, who graduated in 2018 with his PhD on this theme. This research is part of the GSB’s broader ambition to provide a platform for students, academics and business professionals from around the world to collaborate and originate new ideas and develop new solutions to current and future challenges, particularly those facing the African continent.

Applicants may study innovation processes in diverse forms, different research contexts, and at different levels of analysis. Yet special consideration will be given to proposals focused on industries or company populations as levels of analysis. We also expect a systematic mapping of significant changes in the five innovation process concepts (i.e., people, ideas, relationships, outcomes, and contexts), in order to accumulate data that can be used across research projects.

The scholarship will cover the total cost of PhD tuition (approximately ZAR 20 000 per annum) for each of three consecutive years, for each selected student.


The Allan and Gill Gray Charitable Trust has established several bursaries for the UCT Graduate School of Business to assist previously disadvantaged students undertaking the full-time MBA degree at UCT GSB. Preference will be given to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are South African citizens or who are in possession of permanent residence certificates. The bursaries will be awarded for one year only, and will be made to academically deserving students. They may not be held concurrently with other awards, unless permission has been granted by the Scholarship Committee.


The Centre for African Management Fund aims to provide financial support to applicants who have been accepted onto one of the qualifying UCT Graduate School of Business programmes.

Bursaries will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Financial need;
  • Disadvantaged socio/economic background;
  • Any other considerations adjudged by the UCT GSB Scholarships Committee to be relevant.

Beneficiaries of the CAM scholarship need to have paid a minimum of 25% of the tuition fees before the award can be confirmed. Scholarship values may be adjusted from time to time, depending on the number of deserving applicants and the amount of funds available.


  • Limited funding is available for PhD students from the UCT Postgraduate Funding Office. Please refer to the UCT website for more information.South African citizens can approach any major bank as all the major banks can arrange study loans at a reasonable interest rate. You may need a guarantor if you are studying full time.
  • South African citizens can also approach EduLoan for a study loan
  • US and Canadian citizens may be eligible for their governments' funding programmes.
  • Citizens of other countries should approach banks or loan institutions in their own countries as a first point of call. Alternatively, please see the "Helpful websites if you're searching for International or Local Scholarships" section on the UCT website.
  • Prodigy Finance offers loans to international students to study at the world's top business schools, including the UCT Graduate School of Business. Click here for more information: https://prodigyfinance.com/get...
  • Feenix crowd funding, powered by Standard Bank, is a platform for donors to sponsor tuition fees. Read more: https://www.feenix.org/ 
  • Toptal Scholarships for Women will award five scholarships during 2018-2019 that will empower aspiring female leaders. The scholarship programme is open to females with a passion for changing the future. Applicants from all majors and academic standings are welcome to apply. Each scholarship winner will receive a stipend as well as a year of mentorship and guidance from an expert in their field of interest.




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