ACU Summer School university match funding

Guarantee your students a life-changing place at ACU Summer School 2023 in a competitive field.

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Our Summer School is an exciting, immersive, transformative experience for students from ACU member universities.

This year we are introducing 10 match-funded places for students at ACU member universities. Read on to find out more about the event, and why your university might want to help to open this opportunity to your students through match-funding.

What is the ACU Summer School?

For the past twelve years, we have been bringing students together from over 50 countries around the Commonwealth for our annual Summer School, in partnership with host universities across our membership. Students work together as an international cohort and share ideas to tackle the most pressing issues of our time.

This year the Summer School will be hosted by Stellenbosch University from 2 to 10 July 2023, with the theme of Truth and reconciliation: from apartheid to transitional justice. Over the course of the week, students will learn about the fascinating political, social and economic forces that shaped 20th Century South African politics, including apartheid. They will make new friends and international networks around the Commonwealth, all while discovering what it’s like to study in a new country and culture.

There are 40 places open to final-year undergraduates, master’s and PhD students from member universities, including 10 match-funded places.

You can read more about the programme on our event page for students. 

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Why match-fund places for the ACU Summer School 2023?

You can guarantee up to two places for students at your university to take part in this unique experience. Through this you can:

  • Widen opportunity for students at your university who have not had the chance to study abroad in a different country and culture.
  • Grow awareness of your university and brand in an international setting through your participating student(s). Include your branding on our programme and promotional materials.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to advancing issues involving peace, truth and reconciliation.
  • Help your students to develop intercultural awareness and employability skills, form international networks, and gain academic insights through a unique international experience.
  • Develop your relationship with the ACU and our international network of universities.
  • Inspire your students to help to tackle global challenges, and highlight the power of the Commonwealth to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Match-funding details

We have 10 match-funding places available for up to 10 ACU member universities. Each Summer School place has a total cost of 2,400 GBP per student, of which 1,200 GBP will be covered by sponsor universities.

The remaining 30 bursary places will be fully covered by the ACU, as part of our commitment to access and inclusion. You can view the student-facing webpage here.

 How to apply

To apply to match-fund up to two students from your university to attend the ACU Summer School 2023 in South Africa, please write a statement that addresses the following criteria:

  • How many students would you like to fund? (up to 2)
  • How will sending students on the ACU Summer School benefit your university/academic community?
  • Your approach to advertising the opportunity internally.

Please do not exceed 200 words in total.

Click the link here to apply.

Closing date: 29 January 2023

[Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received so please apply early to increase your chance of success.]

Application process


Applications for students open 05/12/22 – 13/02/23

Advertise to your students by directing your students to apply on the ACU website.



Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis; applying early will increase your chances of success. Once your application has been reviewed you will be informed if you have been successful within one working week. Your conditional place(s) will be held until student applications are reviewed. If students from your university are not successful, your student places will be freed up for students from another university.

February 2023

Student selections take place. The bursary places will go to the student(s) from your university with the highest application score. If students from your university are not successful, your student places will be freed up for students from another university.

March 2023

You will be notified whether any applicant(s) from your university have successfully secured a conditional place. Payment of the match-funding will be required to guarantee their place.

Upon payment

The student(s) will be notified of their offer of a place and bursary.


At the ACU, we believe in building a better world through higher education. We join our member universities in collectively supporting the examination of colonial pasts and opening up spaces where students and staff can imagine and then realise a better future for their communities.