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PfAL Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Leadership
Course Level: Graduate (masters)
Provider: The Programme for African Leadership (PfAL)
Country to Study in: UK

Scholarship Description
The Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK is delighted to announce its scholarship funds for bright Sub-Saharan African students applying to eligible Masters programmes for the upcoming 2016/17 academic year.

The Lalji LSE PfAL scholarship programme is highly competitive and are for people who share the vision and values of the PfAL Foundation and as such display a commitment to ethical, authentic and effective leadership in Africa.

Beyond the initial award of a prestigious 12-month Masters scholarship, PfAL alumni also benefit from membership of the PfAL network of emerging African leaders. All applicants should be prepared to sign up to the PfAL Leadership Code and commit to active participation in the Network.

London School of Economics Programme for African Leadership (PfAL)

Applications are invited from ambitious, hard-working and committed candidates from sub-Saharan Africa who aspire to take up leadership positions in their home countries following their degree. The following applicants are particularly encouraged to apply:
  • Applicants who have not previously studied outside Africa
  • Applicants from Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda.
  • Applicants from Nigeria and Ghana, particularly those with interest in public sector careers
In order to be considered for one of these awards, you must have a bachelor’s degree and meet the minimum entry requirements for LSE’s graduate programmes. You can find details specific to your country/region here.

If you meet the entry requirements, please complete a PfAL Phase 1 application form. If your initial application is approved then you are eligible to apply for one of the selected MSc programmes (Phase 2) and complete a financial assessment form (Phase 3).

Eligible groups
Citizens of Sub-Saharan Africa:
Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (DRC-Kinshasa), Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia can apply for these scholarships. However a minimum of 15 places will be reserved for applicants from Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda

Participating Institutions
The London School of Economics and Political Science, London; United Kingdom

Fields of study
Eligible Fields of Study:
  • MSc Development Management
  • MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies
  • MSc African Development
  • MSc Development Studies
  • MSc Anthropology and Development
  • MSc Environment and Development
  • MSc Political Economy of Late Development
  • MSc Population and Development
  • MSc Urbanisation and Development
  • MSc Media, Communications and Development
Number of awards
Not specified by sponsors

Sponsorship duration
For the period of study - 12 months

Scholarship benefits
A full scholarship will cover fees and living costs, but the value for each student will be assessed according to financial need. As well as studying for a prestigious London School of Economics MSc programme, all Lalji PfAL Scholarship recipients will benefit from an additional study seminar series plus automatic enrolment into the PfAL@LSE leadership program which takes place throughout the year.

Method of Application
The application process is scheduled into three stages: the Pre-Application, MSc Application and Financial Application stages. Early application is essential as MSc programmes make offers on a rolling basis and may close to new applicants much earlier than the deadlines stated below. All the three steps in the application process must be completed in order to be considered for a PfAL scholarship, as follows:

Phase 1: Pre-Application
This is the pre-application phase and the final deadline is 23:59 GMT on Friday March 4th 2016. Candidates will be informed of the Phase 1 outcome within 10 working days of submitting.

Phase 2: MSc Application
Deadline: 17.00 GMT, Thursday 31st March 2016
Application fee: GBP £50
Applications are made online using the School’s graduate application form. For your application you should also note the following important points:
  • Academic Transcripts
  • References
  • Application Fee: Once you’re ready to submit your online application you will be asked to pay an application fee ofGBP£5
  • English Language Requirement
Phase 3: Financial Application
Deadline: 17.00 GMT, Wednesday 27th April 2016
Once you have submitted your MSc application, it may take up to 10 working days for it to be processed and uploaded into the School’s systems. You will then be sent detailed instructions regarding the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application. The online application form will be available until 17.00 GMT on Wednesday 27th April 2016 only.

The deadline dates for the 3 phases are as follows: March 4th 2016 (Phase 1 i.e. Pre-Application), March 31st 2016 (Phase 2 i.e. MSc Application) and April 27th 2016 (Phase 3 - Financial Application)

All successful candidates will be notified of the outcome by email before 30th June 2016.

Generously supported by Firoz and Najma Lalji, the individual scholarships are worth up to GBP£30,000 with the final award dependent upon an assessment of financial need. Candidates for PfAL funding must be able to demonstrate academic ability, leadership potential, determination to succeed and a desire to effect change. Additionally, preference is given to candidates who have not previously studied outside of Africa.

Application Deadline: 27 April 2016
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

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