The Claude Leon Foundation


Numerous studies have shown that South Africa is not producing enough PhD Graduates to meet the demands for the high-level skills required for an emerging knowledge economy and the provision of academics to staff the universities. A key step in the production of new PhD Graduates is the Honours year. Without an Honours Degree students cannot study for a Masters or PhD Degree. The Claude Leon Foundation recognised the importance of an Honours Degree and in 2006 called for applications from certain research universities for the funding of Honours students. The Universities of Cape Town, Rhodes and Witwatersrand were selected and the first Honours Bursaries were awarded in 2007. In 2011 the University of Stellenbosch was added to the list of universities supported annually.


There is no application process for the Honours Bursaries and the Foundation will decide on the Universities that it will support.


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