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Graça Machel Scholarships for Women

September 09, 2015

Eligible fields  Any topic relevant to the development needs of Southern Africa

Type of fellowship  Postgraduate Degree. A diverse community of scholars, activists and organisations driven by a shared commitment to social justice, who collaborate to create and use knowledge to build an open and just society. It is created through three activities:

  • Scholarships and Research (postgraduate scholarships, research grants, fellowships)
  • Support for Civil Society (grants to partner organisations for legal assistance, advocacy & mobilising communities with an emphasis on grants that channel learning and scholarship to effect social change)
  • Alliances between Scholars/Researchers and Civil Society (involvement in projects, and events, networks, public dialogue & debate)

Target group  Female students from Southern Africa  (Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe)

Age limit  None

Host info  Universities of South Africa

Duration  Max: 2 years for Masters, 3 years for Ph.D

Number of awards given each year  No set number

Eligible costs  

• Full tuition fees

• Stipend for living costs

• Travel allowance

Non eligible costs

• Provisions for accompanying members


Stipend of ZAR 52,000 ($ 4, 500) for South Africans, and ZAR 60,000 ($ 5,000) for non-South Africans

+ Travel allowance (for scholars coming to South Africa from other SADC countries only) of ZAR 7,000 ($ 600)

+Tuition fees paid in full

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