The Beit Trust

The Beit Trust was established in 1906 by the Will of Mr Alfred Beit, a financier and director of the British South Africa Company.  His legacy set up the Beit Railway Fund to promote the development of communications in what were then Northern and Southern Rhodesia, now Zambia and Zimbabwe, but allowed for future fund managers to broaden the range of charitable purposes so that the income could be applied to "education, public or other charitable purposes", for the benefit of the people of those countries.

In 1954 the Trust was reconstituted by a UK Act of Parliament as an incorporated charity and, with the advent of Federation, the country of Nyasaland (now Malawi) was included as a beneficiary.

The Trust seeks to continue the philanthropic work desired by the donor through the careful stewardship and maintenance in perpetuity of its existing resources, and now supports education (mostly secondary school infrastructure and scholarships for postgraduate students), health, welfare and the environment.

The Beit Trust and the Cambridge Trust work together to offer the Beit Cambridge Scholarship, for Masters students from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Note for students

You are encouraged to use the Trust's scholarships search to find all the awards for which you may be eligible.