April 11, 2014

Ferguson Scholarships at SOAS University of London for African Nationals

Allan and Nesta Ferguson Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Social sciences, Humanities
Course Level: Postgraduate (masters)
Provider: Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust
Country to Study in: UK

Scholarship Description
A number of Ferguson scholarships have been established for African Students (African nationals and resident in Africa), who wish to undertake a taught masters course at SOAS.

Each of the Ferguson scholarships is awarded on the basis of academic merit. Students offered a Ferguson Scholarship must take it up in the academic year 2016/17 as it cannot be carried forward to a later year.

The award is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable trust.

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Applicants should:
  • Be nationals of and resident in an African country
  • Hold an undergraduate degree at the first class level
  • Hold an offer of admission to pursue one of the eligible programmes by the scholarship deadline. Priority may be given to applicants with unconditional offers. If your offer is conditional, please ensure you meet the conditions as soon as possible.
  • Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2016. If your offer is conditional on English, please arrange your English test and ensure you meet the English requirement as soon as possible.
Selection Criteria:
Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by an Advisory Panel consisting of three academic members.

The assessment of your application will be based on the information in your scholarship application. Selectors will be looking at the degree results and also at academic references, statement and other relevant information.

Eligible groups
Citizens of African countries

Participating Institutions
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, London; United Kingdom

Fields of study
The eligible course programs include:
  • Full-time MA African Studies
  • Full-time MA International Studies and Diplomacy
  • Full-time MA Social Anthropology of Development
Number of awards
Four (3) scholarships will be awarded
Sponsorship duration
Each of the award lasts for one year i.e. the whole duration of the masters programme

Scholarship benefits
Each Ferguson Scholarship is valued at £25,000 in total. The scholarships can be used for fees and the remainder towards maintenance.

Method of Application
You can apply for this scholarship via the 'online scholarship application form' found on the official website (link to it is below). Remember that you must have a confirmed, unconditional offer of admission to pursue one of the eligible programmes.

Applicants applying for scholarships must also submit an application for admission well in advance. Please note that complete applications for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of year. You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for detailed information on this scholarship.

Applications must be received by 17:00 (GMT) on 1 May 2014.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

All candidates will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of their scholarship application, generally by the end of June. The successful candidate will also be notified in writing.

If you have not had a response to your application by the end of June, please contact the Scholarships Officer.

SOAS, University of London (the School of Oriental and African Studies; commonly known as SOAS) is an elite public research university in London, United Kingdom. Founded in 1916, SOAS has produced several heads of state, government ministers, ambassadors, Supreme Court judges, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and many other leaders in emerging markets.

Located in the heart of Bloomsbury in central London, SOAS describes itself as the "world's leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East", and is consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the UK.

It specialises in humanities, languages and social sciences relating to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and is a constituent college of the University of London. It offers around 350 undergraduate Bachelor's degree combinations, and over 100 one-year intensively taught Master's degrees. MPhil and PhD research degrees are also available in every academic department.

Application deadline: 24 February 2016
Open to International students: No (ONLY Africans)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship Programmes for Africans

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