Desmond Tutu Scholarship Essay Example

King’s College London is offering its new award, Desmond Tutu Scholarships as part of the King’s Scholars schemes for 2017 entry. UK, EU and international students are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

King’s College London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom, and a founding constituent college of the federal University of London.

The level of English language, applicants are required to demonstrate is dependent upon the programme for which they have applied. The level of English required for each programme is denoted by a five-band system, each band corresponds to a level of English language competence.

Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue the undergraduate programme.

Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in any of the subjects offered by the university.

Scholarship Award: Total 18 scholarships are available, each worth £1,000.

The scholarship is payable in year one of your course of study and will be paid to as a single cash bursary in October 2017.

Number of Scholarships: There are a total of 18 scholarships available.

Scholarship can be taken in the UK

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

All undergraduate degree students starting at King’s in 2017, who do not already have a previous degree from a UK, EU or international institution, are eligible to apply, though the following selection criteria will be applied to each applicant:

In order to be eligible* to apply for the Desmond Tutu Scholarship, students must:

  • Must be undertaking the first degree;
  • Not hold a first degree from a UK, EU or other international institution;
  • Not be NHS-funded in their first year of study;
  • Will only be considered if you are subsequently confirmed as holding an offer from King’s;
  • Submit an essay, not to exceed 1,000 words, titled: “How do you think an education at King’s College London would help you to serve society once you graduate?”
  • Submit a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) which demonstrates existing work in service to society.
  • Please note that being eligible does not mean an automatic entitlement to a scholarship, as final selection by committee is based upon your essay and CV submission.

Nationality: UK, EU or other international students are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have their previous degree.

English Language Requirement: The level of English language, applicants are required to demonstrate is dependent upon the programme for which they have applied. The level of English required for each programme is denoted by a five-band system, each band corresponds to a level of English language competence.

UK Scholarships

How to Apply: The word limit is 1,000 words.

The essay title is: How do you think an education at King’s College London would help you to serve society once you graduate?

The criteria for evaluation of the essay:

  • The academic merit of the assignment – a clear and fluent style with a well focused and structured argument;
  • An understanding and exposition of how skills learnt at the College will be able to translate into action to serve society.
  • Applicants will also be required to provide a Curriculum Vitae (CV) which demonstrates your existing work in service to society.
  • The selection panel will consist of a group of key academics from across King’s College London. The selection of candidates is a matter of academic judgment. All decisions of the panel are final.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Scholarship Link

The scholarship will be awarded to a student from Africa who is accepted on a full-time basis for a one year postgraduate Masters programme of study within the School of Divinity and who has the official endorsement from the General Secretary or Principal Clerk of their Church.

This scholarship was set up in 2009 to commemorate the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity conferred by the University on the Most Reverend Desmond Tutu.

During the graduation ceremony Archbishop Tutu spoke of the historic links between Africa and the University of Edinburgh: "Some of our first black physicians were people who had trained here and there is a long tradition that links this university with our part of the world."

Award

The scholarship will cover:

  • Full overseas tuition fee
  • Accommodation within a Church of Scotland flat within Edinburgh
  • £440 per calendar month for living costs
  • Visa costs
  • One return airfare
  • Insurance from Church of Scotland business travel, underwritten by Aviva.

The award will be tenable for one academic year.

Eligibility

The scholarship will be awarded to a student from Africa who is accepted on a full-time basis for a one year postgraduate Masters programme of study within the School of Divinity. Shortlisted candidates will require to have the official endorsement from the General Secretary or the Principal Clerk of their Church.

Applicants must be a member of a Church of Scotland partner church in Africa.  Eligible partner churches are:

Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana

Presbyterian Church of Ghana

Presbyterian Church of East Africa

Synod of the Nile of the Evangelical Church of Egypt

Church of Central Africa Presbyterian

Igreja Evangelica de Cristo em Mocambique

Presbyterian Church of Nigeria

Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa

Presbyterian Church of South Sudan

United Church of Zambia

Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa

The scholarship will be awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit with candidates requiring a Bachelor Degree equivalent to a UK first class or 2:1 Honours degree.

In addition to the above academic qualifications, the selection panel will also take into account the financial circumstances of applicants to ensure that as far as possible a student's financial situation does not impede a university education.

Applying​

Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application

The scholarship deadline is 2nd April 2018.

In order to gain access to the scholarship application system applicants must have applied for admission to the University of Edinburgh.  Please note that, following the submission of an application for admission, it can take up to five working days for all system checks to be completed and for access to be granted.

The online scholarship application form is located in EUCLID and can be accessed via MyEd our web based information portal at https://www.myed.ed.ac.uk

When logging in to MyEd, you will need your University User Name and password. If you require assistance, please go to http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-systems/support-guidance

Notification

All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June 2018.

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