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Mo Ibrahim Foundation Fully-funded Masters Scholarships 2020/2021 for African Students – University of Birmingham

The International Development Department, University of Birmingham, is pleased to offer one scholarship for our MSc in International Development (Governance and State-building), for the academic year starting in September 2020. 

Application Deadline: 6th May 2020

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be taken at (country): UK

About the Award: The Governance and Statebuilding programme is one of the specialised streams within international development, and takes an interdisciplinary standpoint, combining the theoretical rigour of political
economy and the practical experience of development. The good governance agenda occurs now increasingly alongside debate on state-building, which encompasses issues such as accountability and transparency, corruption, conflict, political settlement, human rights, participation, access to justice and democratisation.

Governance and state-building are of particular interest to governments, nongovernmental organisations and development agencies, as well as to a growing and vibrant academic community.

The pathway for the Foundation scholarship comprises the following modules:

  • International Development (20 credits)
  • Governance and State Building (20 credits)
  • One of the following four modules (20 credits)
  • Development Policy and Politics
  • Development in Practice
  • Conflict and Development
  • Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development
  • Choice of optional modules (60 credits) – choose from over 25 IDD modules plus others from across the University. Dissertation (60 credits) – in depth focus on a topic of particular interest, with support from a supervisor. This may involve overseas fieldwork in a country chosen by the candidate.

Type: Masters

Eligibility: The entry requirements consist of:

  • first class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university is essential.
  • Good written and spoken English. For those whose first language is not English, evidence of this capacity is required. Applicants should reach at least level 6.5 in the IELTS or 580 /93 for TOEFL. Please check the University website for more information on English language requirements.
  • Applicants must be African nationals domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: The scholarship includes:

1. Full tuition fee
2. Air fare to and from the United Kingdom and visa
3. Monthly stipend of £950 for 18 months
4. Arrival allowance of £950

The remaining six months for the internship will be funded directly to the successful candidate by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Duration of Award: The scholarship is for two years to enable the applicant to complete the MSc and undertake a one year internship, including six-months with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

How to Apply:

  • Applications must be received through the University online application system, by 6 May 2020.
  • In addition to the usual documents to be submitted, you must also upload a 500 word statement and CV. This statement should set out why you are the best candidate for the scholarship.
  • You must then send your application ID number to Debra Beard. Please include ‘Mo Ibrahim Scholarship’ in the subject line of the email. Please do not include any supporting documents in this email. 

Visit Scholarship Webpage for Details

  1. Salahuddeen Gausu Ahmad says

    Sir, i am a graduate of electrical engineering with upper second class honours from Nigeria. I want to further my education in my profession and therefore asking if your foundation gives scholarship in my field.
    I am looking forward for your favourable response. Thank you
    e mail: [email protected]

  2. Haile Tilahun Alemayehu says

    Sir, I ma an Ethiopian Student graduated in Management Information System In Bsc. I am very respectful for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to consider me One of the Candidates for My Further Study In Masters Degree. Hope your response is Positive and choose me One of the Candidates and beneficiary of the Scholarship presented. My E-mail is [email protected]

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  4. Promonigeria says

    cool scholarship

  5. Oromoo Saba Koo says

    great but heavy criteria for non English speaker

  6. Enow Tatiana Florentine Bawak says

    Am a first degree graduate in Petroleum Engineering from Cameroon. I wish to further my education in my profession and am hoping that Mo Ibrahim foundation offers scholarships in my field.I have heard how faithful you foundation has been and I look forward for a favorable response.Thanks
    Email,[email protected]

  7. Zemach Mengesha Jajimus says

    The interest that I want to learn master of economics by fully funded of you

  8. Zemach says

    I am interest to learn master of economics by fully funded and grant of you in faculty of economics and management in science.

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