FirstRand International Postgraduate Scholarships 2022

FirstRand is inviting suitable candidates for its upcoming International Postgraduate Scholarship programmes for 2022. If you’re interested in applying, the specifics of the scholarship, including the eligibility criteria and application process are available below.


About FirstRand

As one of the leading South African financial institution, the company offers diversified services such as banking, investment and insurance products and services. FirstRand has offices in several key African countries including Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Lesotho, Nigeria, Ghana and Mozambique. Outside of Africa, FirstRand operates branches in India, Guernsey and London. FirstRand delivers its services through its various franchises namely, Rand Merchant Bank, First National Bank, Wesbank and Ashburton Investments.


FirstRand International Postgraduate Study Scholarship Programmes 2022

The FirstRand International Postgraduate Scholarship programmes are offered only to Masters and PhD students pursuing their studies outside of South Africa and are first time scholars. A total of five scholarships is being offered, and these are:

FirstRand Oxford Scholarship for African Studies (University of Oxford)

FirstRand, in conjunction with the African Studies Centre, is offering scholarship coverage for one outstanding student who is looking to pursue a master’s degree qualification at the African Studies Centre. Accommodations will be at Wadham. Aspiring candidates are required to apply and get accepted for an MSc degree in African Studies at Oxford university.

FirstRand Foundation Scholarship

The FirstRand Foundation Scholarship is offered to candidates from previously disadvantaged groups who are intending to pursue a postgraduate qualification in any field at any international university of their own choosing. The scholarship grant is set at R925,000 and is awarded to top performing university students, preferably not more than 35 years of age.

FirstRand  Laurie Dipperear Scholarship for International Postgraduate Studies

  • Scholarship value is also at R925,000

FirstRand FNB Fund Oxford Education Scholarship

FirstRand, in cooperation with the FNB Fund and the Department of Education, is offering a scholarship opportunity to exemplary students intending to pursue a master’s degree in Education at the Oxford University. Applicants must have already been accepted at Oxford to qualify.

FirstRand FNB Fund Scholarship Programme for International Study in Education

This R925,000-scholarship is available to top performing students looking to  pursue a  Master’s degree in Education and  willing to come back to South Africa to share his/her expertise.


Who should apply?

To qualify for a scholarship grant, applicants must meet these basic eligibility requirements:

  • A South African student
  • Not currently pursuing or have not pursued studies abroad
  • Must have completed their university application prior to submitting scholarship application 
  • Must agree to return to South Africa for a minimum of five years after completion of their studies

Applicants who possess the following aptitudes and qualities are preferred:

  • Strong personality
  • Capable of strong leadership
  • Involved in the community
  • Strong desire to make a difference in their field of study


What is the selection process?

  • A confirmation email will be sent to the applicant after submission of application
  • At least three representatives from FirstRand, RMB, and FNB will conduct the preliminary evaluation of applications
  • About 40 applicants will be invited for an in-person interview or virtually via Microsoft Teams
  • Ten applicants will be shortlisted for the FirstRand Foundation, FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar International Postgraduate Scholarships, and FirstRand Oxford African Studies Scholarships
  • Final interviews will be held on 10 May 2022 in Sandton
  • Four applicants will selected for the education scholarships and will be invited for the final interview by 17 May 2022
  • The final selection will be announced by the end of May 2022


How do I apply?

Interested parties will need to go online and register an account in order to apply for the scholarship. Click the link below to get started:

Apply online for the FirstRand International Postgraduate Study Scholarship Programmes 2022.

Once done with the registration, click on the “Log In” button and choose the appropriate scholarship programme. Fill out the application form completely and uploadall required documents.


Application Deadline?

The FirstRand International Postgraduate Scholarship programmes will stop accepting applications by 3 March 2022. Late submissions will not be reviewed.

Contact Details

All enquiries are to be directed via email to
For attention: Beth van Heerden

Click the link to view a PDF copy of the FirstRand International Postgraduate Scholarship 2022 advert page.

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