Canon Collins Trust and University of London Scholarships Applications

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About Canon Collins Trust

Canon Collins Trust was founded in 1981 and since then became a community of researchers and activists to create change and social impact. The trust was established by Canon John Collins, who was best known for social movements such as Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Christian Action and the British Anti Apartheid Movement, through his British Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa. Canon Collins Trust focuses on education and human rights to empower individuals in southern African society.

Canon Collins Trust has started providing postgraduate scholarship programmes for Southern African since its inception. Currently, the Trust also manages other postgraduate scholarship programmes in the UK, Ireland, South Africa and Malawi.

Canon Collins Trust and University of London Scholarships 2022

The Canon Collins Trust invites students from South Malawi, Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, to apply for scholarships to study at the University of London via distance learning programs.

Scholarship recipients can study for a Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, and/or the Master of Laws (LLM) at the University of London via distance learning.

Bursary Coverage

There will be four scholarships offered by the University of London International Programmes, each covering tuition fees and exam entry fees.

The programme may be started at any level and is not compulsory (e.g. applicants may start at the Postgraduate Certificate and progress to the LLM, or they may stop after completing the PG Certificate). The PG Certificate and Diploma are not required for undergraduates if they have completed an undergraduate degree.

Students must complete their studies within one to five years, with two modules per year to be completed. If students maintain satisfactory progress and academic results, they will be able to continue the course. A Prospectus for the Postgraduate Programme in Laws can be downloaded here.

Canon Collins Trust and University of London International Programmes will select the scholars. By August 2022, candidates will be informed about the results of their applications (do not send follow-up emails after submitting your application).

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on academic achievement, work experience, financial need, and their ability to positively impact the future of southern Africa. Scholarship recipients will be evaluated on the information provided in their applications, including:

  • If you are applying for LLM studies, you must have a bachelor’s degree in any field and excellent references.
  • Ideally, candidates should be able to demonstrate continuity between their current and previous positions
  • Your profession, career goals, and your field of study.
  • The relevance of this course should be explained to candidates as to how it is aligned with their ambitions of making a difference in their sector. All applicants should specify the area in which they intend to work.
  • A specialization.
  • To demonstrate leadership capabilities in the workplace, academia or in the personal sphere, applicants must explain how they have developed their leadership skills.
  • Candidates should preferably demonstrate their commitment to the country/community and be willing to make a positive contribution to the future prosperity of southern Africa.
  • Applications: Candidates should demonstrate an excellent command of the English language, provide all information requested in the application, and submit their applications and documents on time.

Eligibility Criteria

Before applying, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements (failure to meet all requirements will result in your application being rejected):

The following are general requirements:

  • If you are a national or have refugee status in Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, or Zimbabwe, then you qualify
  • In order to qualify, you must live in one of the above countries
  • Admission to the program requires completion of the necessary qualifications
  • A current employer (full-time or part-time) is required.
  • It is required that you study 10 hours per week (at least)
  • Note that applicants are not required to be accepted into the programme before applying for a scholarship, however, if they are selected, applicants will be required to apply for admission. Click here to apply for admission.

LLM entry point requirements – you must have 1 of these:

  • Second-class honours in the Bachelor of Laws at the University of London
  • Bachelor’s degree of at least second class, with at least 50% of the units related to law
  • An English or Welsh Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or an English-language Qualifying Examination, along with a second-class degree or equivalent qualification from a British university
  • A second-class degree or the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Common Professional Examination or the Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Lawyers or barristers qualified in Wales, England, or other countries equivalent to their qualifications

Entry requirements for the PGDip – you must have one of the following:

  • The University of London, or an institution of equivalent standing, with a second-class bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • Having a master’s degree

To qualify for the PGCert, you must have one of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from the University of London or an institution of equal standing
  • At least 5 years of experience in the relevant field (e.g. finance, accounting, or insurance)

Requirements for English proficiency:

A strong command of the English language will be required during the program. Within the past 3 years, students must have completed one of the following:

  • 5 overall and 6 in the written test (minimum score) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an average score of 92 (a score of at least 22 in the Writing and Reading sub-tests) and at least 20 in the Listening and Speaking sub-tests.
  • Pearson English Test (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 59 as well as a score of at least 59 in both Reading and Writing sections and a score of at least 54 in the Speaking and Listening sections.
  • English Proficiency Certificate from Cambridge University
  • (with a minimum grade of C) Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English
  • You must score at least 120 on Duolingo

Computer requirements:

There are no paper provisions in the Postgraduate Laws programmes. The programme director can provide printed copies of the basic learning materials if the candidate does not have full and excellent internet access.

Exceptions are made only under dire circumstances, such as a disability or prison. Click here for more information.

How to Apply?

You must apply online here: Canon Collins Trust and University of London Scholarships Application 2022

It is essential that applicants read the  prior to applying.

Email, fax, and postal applications will not be accepted.

Documents Required

With your online application, you must submit clear copies of the following documents (submission of these documents is mandatory, any missing documents will disqualify your application):

  • Documents of identification ( passport, birth certificate, or driver’s license)
  • Transcripts of academic work (if applying for an LLM)
  • If applying for an LLM, certificates of graduation, school completion, etc.
  • Please provide two reference letters regarding your scholarship application and your suitability (preferably from your employer and two academic references, or two work references if you don’t have a university degree).
  • Payslips for the last two pay periods

Closing Date

The application deadline is 30 June Annually (17:00 GMT+2 South African time).

Contact Details

Please contact the University of London directly if you have any questions about this scholarship program:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7862 8000

Contact from the website:

or you can also contact the scholarship division of Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust:

Name of contact person: Nia (Tel: +44 7407 412 541) / Eva (Tel: +44 7748 722 482)
Email ID:

Please do not send any questions after the closing date. View our other bursaries/scholarships open for application here:

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