Cecil Renaud Overseas Scholarship 2021 for South Africans to Study in the UK

Deadline: October 31, 2020

Applications are open for the Cecil Renaud Overseas Scholarships 2021. The Overseas Scholarship, granted annually to one or two students, is awarded for a maximum of two years for post-graduate study (Masters degree (or equivalent) or PhD) in the United Kingdom at a university of the student’s choice.

Since 1994, they have awarded 29 scholarships to the best and brightest young South Africans. In past years students who have been awarded the Scholarship have attended, inter alia, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and the University of London across a wide range of disciplines.

Dr Cecil Renaud, a well-known Durban Philanthropist, established The Cecil Renaud Educational and Charitable Trust in 1988. Dr Renaud passed away on June 3, 1993 and bequeathed the residue of his estate to the Trust. Shortly after the Trust became active, the trustees established the Overseas Scholarship.


  • Open to postgraduate students who have completed or are currently studying towards an Honours degree; or a four year undergraduate degree;
  • Applicants should have attained, or aim to achieve, undergraduate or Honours degree(s) cum laude or summa cum laude; and additionally, have achieved Dean’s Commendations and Certificates of Merit or equivalent;
  • They are looking for candidates who will have a significant impact on their field of study, and the world;
  • Have a good track record in extracurricular activities and a drive to succeed and uplift South Africa;
  • Applicants must have completed a major part of their secondary schooling in KwaZulu-Natal, and be under the age of 27 at the time of applying for the scholarship;
  • Former scholars have read towards varied fields including an MPhil in Development Studies, an MA in Applied Theology, an MSc in Mathematics and an MA in Singing.


Send the completed application and supporting documentation to [email protected] (and the address on the form) on or before October 31. Following the application deadline, candidates will be shortlisted and invited to interview. After the interviews, the trustees may select up to two candidates.

Click here to download the application form

For more information, visit Cecil Renaud Overseas Scholarship.


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