Beit Glasgow Medical Scholarship

The College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences has worked with the Beit Trust to establish a jointly funded scholarship scheme. The Beit Glasgow Medical Scholarship will fund two medical students from either Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe each year for the next 5 years to undertake postgraduate medical or biomedical training within the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Glasgow. The first two scholarship students (both from Malawi) will begin their training in September 2016.

The Beit Trust was set up in 1906 by the will of Mr Alfred Beit, a brilliant financier and a director of the British South Africa Company. The aims of the Beit Glasgow Medical Scholarships are in line with Alfred Beit’s 1906 mandate “To advance civilization in Africa, for the benefit of the people therof” The Beit Trust has a reputation of funding the brightest of students and the University of Glasgow is looking forward to working with the Trust to train the next generation of scientists from Southern Africa.

Major General Angus Ramsay, CBE DSO Secretary of the Beit Trust said “the Beit Trustees were delighted to partner the University of Glasgow and, once more, the Wellcome Trust. The latter is well known to Beit, which in 2009 passed stewardship of the Beit Memorial Fellowships for Medical Research to Wellcome, creating the Wellcome Beit Prize Fellowships for biomedical research. The University of Glasgow’s wealth of knowledge of the afflictions besetting the peoples of southern Africa makes it an ideal partner for teaching new generations of Beit postgraduate biomedical scholars”Beit Trust Photo (the Major)

Prof Iain McInnes, Director Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation said "This is a remarkable opportunity for us to bring the brightest young minds from Africa and offer them an outstanding education in the biomedical field. We see this as the beginning of a long term relationship with academic colleagues in Africa - generously facilitated by the Beit Trust to whom we are very grateful"