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Mo Ibrahim Foundation Fully-funded Masters Scholarships 2019/2020 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 2019. 

Application Deadline: 19th May 2019

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible African 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.

Type: Masters


  • Applicants must have a first class Honours degree, or equivalent, and be African nationals domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country.
  • Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The entry requirements consist of:

  • A first class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university.
  • 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.

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 19 May 2019.
  • In addition to the usual documents to be submitted, applicants should also upload a 500 word statement and CV. This statement should set out why the applicant is the best candidate for the scholarship.
  • Applicants must then send an email to Mrs Debra Beard ([email protected]) informing her of their wish to be considered for the Mo Ibrahim Scholarship and their ID number.
  • Please include ‘Mo Ibrahim Scholarship’ in the subject line of the email.

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  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

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