It is becoming clearer that Africa has a critical role to play in shaping the 21st Century. The continent is increasingly interacting with the rest of the world on its own terms. Through this commitment, Standard Bank aims to champion those African leaders who will actively build a future for Africa, led by Africans.
These leaders will be asked to exercise global influence through visionary leadership. Nine students will be selected to complete their post-graduate studies at the prestigious institutions of Cambridge, Oxford and The London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom. Each specialising in their unique areas of expertise. These individuals will represent the best and brightest Africa has to offer, introducing thoughtful challenge amongst their peers as they grow in courage, fair-mindedness and integrity. Their stay and studies will be fully funded and backed by Standard Bank as part of our commitment to enable and empower them to become effective leaders in Africa.
So before you become an innovator, a leader or an entrepreneur - become part of a diverse African Alumnus. A network of peers that share a vision and determination for Africa, who are committed to driving Africa's growth.
Please be advised that you will be required to apply for your programme of choice as well as funding. Application dates vary for each institution. Please therefore refer to your University of choice for application dates.
The scholarships is awarded annually, and the selection process will be managed through the University application process.
The Standard Bank Africa, Derek Cooper Scholarship is available to graduate students who are and will ordinarily remain resident in one of the African countries in which Standard Bank is present. Prospective candidates must demonstrate an exceptional academic track record and will need to have successfully qualified on their own merit in their application for a one-year Master's programme at either Oxford, Cambridge and London School of Economics and Political Science. A preference will be given to students commencing a course of study in one of the following programmes:
University of Oxford
London School of Economics and Political Science
University of Cambridge
Note: If applying for Cambridge, it is important that you list Magdalene College as your first preference in order to be considered for the Scholarship.
The scholarships will provide the tuition and college fee in full, and a maintenance grant (i.e. living costs incurred in the college such as rental of college accommodation, food taken in college, etc.) commensurate to the national minimum doctoral stipend of the UK Research Councils.
Standard Bank Group is the largest African banking group by assets, with a market cap of approximately R310 billion (USD23 billion), , offering a range of banking and related financial services across sub-Saharan Africa.
Their strategy is to be an African focused, client-centred, digitally enabled universal financial services organisation, which drives Africa’s growth and creates value for all stakeholders.
Standard Bank has a 155-year history in South Africa, and started building a franchise in sub-Saharan Africa almost 30 years ago. The bank has an on-the-ground presence in 20 countries on the African continent, and solid local knowledge required to operate a successful business in Africa.
Their presence in and connection with, global financial centres has enabled them to facilitate investment and development flows in Africa, and access to international capital to facilitate growth, diversification and development in Africa. Standard Bank also has a strategic partnership with the largest bank in the world, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), who is a 20% shareholder in the group.