Clutton-Brock Scholarships for Zimbabwe Students, 2018



Board of Graduate Studies (for admission to the University) and the Cambridge Trusts is funding postgraduate and PhD scholarship at Clutton-Brock Scholarships for Zimbabwe Students in University of Cambridge in UK. Citizens of Zimbabwe are eligible for this postgraduate scholarship.

Brief Description:

The object of this scholarship scheme is to establish scholarships at postgraduate level in the University of Cambridge for the benefit of students from Zimbabwe as a permanent memorial to the late Guy Clutton Brock, Hero of Zimbabwe and graduate of Magdalene College.

Education in Zimbabawe

Zimbabwe considers human capital investment via education a major tool for sustainable development. Education is recognized as a fundamental human right and necessary for the development of the people in society.

Zimbabwe’s education sector has suffered from several challenges that have deteriorated its quality. These include poor physical infrastructure, brain drain, and declining standards in school performance.

The vision of the Education Sector Strategic Plan 2016-2020 is to “be the leading provider of inclusive, quality education for socio-economic transformation by 2020.” The plan includes four pillars:

  1. Access for all, including providing adequate infrastructure, opportunity for non-formal education, early identification of children at risk of not entering the system, dropping out or falling behind, and strategies to support those unable to meet education fees.
  2. Quality and relevant learning with the introduction of a competency-based curriculum that includes ICT, STEAM/STEM, education for sustainable development and life skills.
  3. Focus on learners by building, developing, monitoring and upgrading the professional skills of teachers already in the profession and by developing a responsive pre-service curricula.
  4. Strong leadership, management and monitoring providing efficient and effective service delivery within an institution that has the right structural framework.

Responding to these pillars, five core programs have been identified:

  • Introduction, monitoring and adjustment of new curricula at all levels
  • Enhancing infrastructure to meet population growth needs, and ensure learning environments are inclusive and age appropriate
  • Introduction of a teacher quality improvement program, to build professional skills and competencies, and formalize professional standards
  • Establishing a capacity development program, in order to manage institutional change for a modern and progressive education system
  • Development of a Center for education research, innovation and development, and building the country’s capacity to provide and analyze data that will inform its policies.

In order to monitor implementation of the ESSP, Zimbabwe has identified performance indicators for outputs, outcomes and processes, which will be disaggregated by gender, location, and socio-economic status and reviewed during annual reviews.

Level/Field of study:

This scholarship is for pursuing leading to a postgraduate qualification (usually the MPhil degree) and a three-year course of research, leading to the PhD degree at University of Cambridge in UK.

Host Nationality:

The scholarship is hosted by the University of Cambridge in UK.

Eligible Nationality:

Scholarships is open for citizens of Zimbabwe at University of Cambridge in UK.

Scholarship Benefits:

The scholarship provides:

  • the University composition fee (home rate: PhD; overseas rate: MPhil);
  • a maintenance allowance for a single student; and
  • a contribution to a return economy airfare.

Scholarship Number:

The scholarship has two opportunities available.


The Scholarships are open to citizens of Zimbabwe, who already have, or expect to obtain before 1 October of the year they take up the award, a first class or high second class degree or its equivalent from a recognised University.

Candidates will normally be under the age of 35 and resident in Zimbabwe.

Candidates should be offered admission to Magdalene College.

Preference will be given to students wishing to study subjects relevant to the development of Zimbabwe.

Application Procedure:

The scheme is administered on behalf of the University of Cambridge and Magdalene College by the Board of Graduate Studies (for admission to the University) and the Cambridge Trusts (for funding).

Further information and application materials are available in the University’s Graduate Studies Prospectus.

Applicants for admission to the University must complete and return a GRADSAF Application Form to the Board of Graduate Studies.

You can begin the application and get more details by clicking the Scholarship Link

Application Deadline:

Currently, this scholarship is unavailable but we shall keep you posted on the new date

What are the basic things I need to know before applying for UK student visa in Zimbabwe

The Tier 4 – Student (Adult) visa is for students who intend to undertake any post-16 education at a United Kingdom institution in a full time course. The Tier 4 – Student (Adult) visa is flexible and allows students to participate in both short and long term courses of at least 6 months in duration.

To qualify, students must have a confirmed offer of enrolment from a licensed education provider (sponsor), be able to maintain and accommodate themselves (or be maintained and accommodated by a host) while they are studying and show that they are able to pay their course fees.

Tier 4 – Student (Adult) Visa Basic Requirements

The UK Home Office has set specific requirements that all applicants must meet in order to apply for a Student visa under the Tier 4 (Adult) category.

Applicants will be required to show that they have been accepted into a recognised course of study at an approved UK institution, licensed by the UK Home Office. Applicants will also be required to provide evidence that they have sufficient funds (maintenance) available to support themselves whilst in the UK without undertaking employment, other than part time and vacation work permitted for adult students.

Tier 4 – Student (Adult) Visa Entitlements

Successful applicants will be granted a visa in line with the length of their initial course of study.

The Tier 4 – Student (Adult) visa offers the student the benefit of developing an educational base in the UK while being permitted to work between 10 to 20 hours per week during term periods, depending on the course of study. Tier 4 – Student (Adult) visa holders are permitted to work full time during vacation periods without seeking further permission from the UK Home Office.

In some instances, graduate level students may be able to switch into a working visa category that could lead to settlement in the UK.

How do I apply and obtain a UK study visa in Zimbabwe

To apply for a UK visa in Zimbabwe you need to:

Apply online and follow the instructions to:

  • pay your fee
  • book your appointment

You have the option to pay your fee online using a credit card when making your application. Alternatively you can make payment in cash when attending your appointment at the visa application centre.

Your appointment will be at the British Embassy in Harare– here you will:

  • submit your application form and supporting documents
  • have your photo and fingerprints (known as ‘biometric information’) taken

UK Citizens and Residents in Zimbabwe who require consular services can contact the UK Embassy in Zimbabwe through the contact details listed below:

British Embassy Harare

3 Norfolk Road,
Mount Pleasant, 


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