UCT Elizabeth Clough Bursary (Clough Eastern Religions Fellowship)


The late Miss Elizabeth Clough made a bequest to enable members of UCT to undertake a journey in the nature of a pilgrimage to experience the religions/ spiritual traditions of the East.

The fellowship will fund a trip of approximately two months to spend in India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan or another Eastern country with the purpose of gaining exposure to the traditions of eastern religions.


The value of the fellowship is in the region of R30 000. The budget is managed and grant paid through Nedbank Private Wealth.


Any member of the UCT community is eligible to apply, including students, academic staff and professional and administrative support services (PASS) staff.

The criteria for selection include spiritual maturity and a serious interest and desire to experience Eastern paths to knowledge, giving applicants the opportunity to extend and disseminate the insights gained abroad.

Application process

Please check current opportunities page to see if this call is currently open. Alternatively please contact Research Support Services for timelines around this call.

The application, by letter, must include:

  • brief personal life history of the applicant
  • clear indication of the applicant's specific spiritual path
  • clear itinerary of no more than two locations in the East where the applicant intends to pursue the path
  • one-page outline of the reasons for the application
  • two written references from anyone equipped to evaluate the applicant's suitability.

Hard copies may be posted or delivered to the Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray or e-mailed to Research Funding. Please ensure that you receive an acknowledgement of receipt two days after the closing date.

All applicants will need to be available for an interview with the selection committee.


  • Awards must be taken up in the first year.
  • The successful applicant will be required to submit a report to the committee on his/her return from the visit.


Contact researchfunding@uct.ac.za for more information