Papers of the Africa Educational Trust

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the work of the Trust, 1957-1975.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Africa Educational Trust was set up in 1958 by Michael Scott, director of theAfrica Bureau, to support education in Africa, African students studying outsideAfrica, and research and dissemination of information about Africa. For manyyears the main focus of its work was the provision of study grants andscholarships for South Africans and Namibians who had suffered from apartheid.During the late 1980s and early 1990s it also supported a programme of grantsand scholarships for African refugees in Britain. Subsequently however, it devoted agreater proportion of its efforts to supporting education in Africa, itsmain beneficiaries being girls and young women without access to education,children in schools in areas of conflict, young ex-militia men without educationor vocational training, and young men and women working with local organisations, conflict situations.

Conditions Governing Access

Bodleian reader's ticket required. A 30 year closure period applies to personal material.


Collection level description created by Paul Davidson, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 791 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Conditions Governing Use

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Related Material

Papers of the Africa Bureau, 1919-1981 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1681); papers of the Africa Publications Trust, 1959-1979 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1712);papers of the Africa Protectorates Trust, 1951-1978 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1713).

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