Full postgraduate Scholarship for 2018 study in the United Kingdom

CECIL Renaud Overseas Scholarship

Full postgraduate scholarship for study in the United Kingdom



about us

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

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, we have awarded 28 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. This Scholarship is available only to students who completed their secondary schooling at any school in KwaZulu-Natal, and you must be in your final year of a postgraduate honours degree, or 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.

Will leave big footprints

We're looking for candidates who will have a significant impact on their field of study, and the world.

attended Secondary school in kzn

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.

STudying at a south african university

The scholarship is open to postgraduate students who have completed or are currently studying towards an Honours degree; or a four year undergraduate degree.

Evidence of focus, commitment, stamina and leadership

A good track record in extracurricular activities and a drive to succeed and uplift South Africa.

Any field of study

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.





The scholarship has been awarded to 26 of the best and brightest young South Africans over the past two decades. Our alumni have studied across the UK, reading at, inter alia, the Universities of Oxford, Edinburgh, London and Cambridge, in a number of fields. They have gone on to achieve great success in their chosen disciplines.
Our 1996 scholar, Max Du Plessis, is now one of the selectors and trustees.
Our 2017 scholar, Ms Alexandra Grieve, began her MPhil in Film at Cambridge in September.

I would not be here today if it wasn’t for the Cecil Renaud scholarship!
— Bareng A. S. Nonyane, PhD, Scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health



Applications for the 2020 Cecil Renaud Overseas Scholarship close on the 31st of October 2019. 

Application forms can be downloaded here.
If you have any questions about the scholarship or application process, feel free to contact us.