Mo Ibrahim Foundation/University of London Masters and PhD Scholarships for Africans

Governance for Development in Africa Initiative:
GDAI - MSc Scholarships / GDAI - PhD scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Governance for Development in Africa
Course Level: Masters (MSc/MA), PhD research
Provider: Mo Ibrahim Foundation, SOAS
Country to Study in: Africa

Scholarship Description
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation generously provids the School of Africa Studies (SOAS) at the University of London with PhD Scholarships and Masters Scholarships per year for African students undertaking a full‐time PhD and Masters programme in the field of Governance for Development in Africa.

In order to be considered for funding, applicants must first secure an unconditional offer for studies by applying directly to the School of African Studies. Once the place is secured, the candidates can apply for the scholarship.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified masters (MSc/MA) and doctoral students of African origin for the 2019-2020 GDAI Masters & PhD Scholarships.

GDAI - MSc Scholarships / GDAI - PhD scholarships (Mo Ibrahim Foundation/University of London African Scholarships)

Candidates must be domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub‐Saharan Africa.

Selection Criteria:
Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a panel consisting of SOAS academic members. The assessment of your application will be based on the information in your scholarship application.

Eligible groups
Citizens of African countries

Participating Institutions
The Centre of African Studies, School of Africa Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK

Fields of study
The eligible PhD and MSc/MA are only those within the following departments (note that any MSc in each department is applicable):
  • Development Studies
  • Law
  • Economics
  • International Relations/Politics
  • MA African Studies
  • CISD (Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy)
  • DEFIMS (Department for Financial and Management Studies )
  • Distance Learning: CEFIMS(Centre for Financial and Management Studies), DEFIMS
Number of awards
Only 2 PhD and 3 Masters awards will be granted

Sponsorship duration
Covers the entire duration of both programs - 3 years for PhD study, and 1 year for Masters study

Scholarship benefits
a). PhD scholarships: The scholarship is on a part‐present form and it provides for fees for three years. However, accommodation and living cost are covered for the first year only. The scholarship will also cover in total 2 return flights: one during the first year, and one for the viva (plus one week’s accommodation around the viva). In year 2 and year 3, the successful candidate will also receive an annual stipend of £5,000. The Foundation also covers visa cost, provided receipts are submitted to the Centre of African Studies office. Students are expected to be on fieldwork during the second year, and to write the thesis in the third year in their country of origin.

b). Masters scholarships: The scholarship provides for fees, visa costs, one return flight, accommodation at SOAS’ students hall and £8000 living cost for the year.

Method of Application
In order to be considered for funding, applicants must first secure an UNCONDITIONAL OFFER for the PhD or the MSc/MA (as applicable) by applying directly to the SOAS Doctoral School or the SOAS admissions office respectively.

Once the place is secured, the applicants can apply for the scholarship. Please provide the requested documents (i.e. complete application form, copy of unconditional offer of admission from SOAS, CV, statement outlining knowledge and interest in governance-related issues, and research proposal) by email to

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

Deadline to apply for both the PhD and Masters scholarships is 31st March 2019

CAS reserves the right not to award scholarships and will only award them where there are applicants judged to meet sufficiently high academic standards and with demonstrable interests in fields relevant to the objectives of the GDAI.

Application Deadline: 31 March 2019
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

More Scholarship Information and Application(Masters page)
More Scholarship Information and Application(PhD page)

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