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Launched in 2008, the mandate of the Scholarship Programme is to increase the visibility and influence of a new generation of highly qualified women. The programme is a joint initiative between the Canon Collins Trust and the Graça Machel Trust and provides an opportunity for women from rural and disadvantaged backgrounds to access postgraduate studies. To date, 91 women have completed post-graduate degrees under the programme, in a variety of areas ranging from science and technology, business and commerce to the humanities.



  • To create a cadre of highly skilled and world-class African women leaders who will serve as role models for future generations.
  • To equip Southern African women with Masters’ and Doctorate degrees that are relevant to the developmental needs of the region in areas such as health, education, science and technology, economics and finance
  • To provide appropriate mentoring, internship and career guidance opportunities during and after their studies



Recognising our Scholars

The Trust has entered into a partnership with the African Leadership University to support business women from our networks towards a 20-months MBA programme at their Rwanda campus. This programme is tailored for the busy, rising executive, one of the main benefits is that it is fully Pan-African curriculum and participants work and study concurrently, and travel for week-long, in-person sessions with their peers from across Africa 3-4 times a year. Two successful applicants were selected for this opportunity, Lilian Madeje from Tanzania and Ursula Banda from Malawi.

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African Leadership University Rwanda Introducing Lilian Madeje

Lillian is passionate about SME capacity building and has founded two organisations to this end. She is extremely clear about why she is pursuing an MBA at this time and how it would help her scale her business (Ekihya Limited). She brought together an impressive mix of intellectual preparation and substantive work and leadership experience that will allow her to contribute in the MBA classroom and to gain the most from the programme.

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African Leadership University Rwanda Introducing Ursula Banda

Susan Makore is CEO of AB Communications (Pvt) Limited. She was appointed to her current role in September 2013. Previously managing director of Mighty Movies, Makore is one of Zimbabwe’s leading media figures with extensive experience in broadcasting. She is a former lecturer with the University of Zimbabwe’s Media and Communication postgraduate and Masters programmes