Malawi: University of Manchester Equity & Merit (Fully-funded) Masters Scholarships 2023/2024 for Malawian Students – UK

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Ifeoma Chuks

The University of Manchester will be offering Manchester Equity & Merit scholarships for selected master’s courses to applicants from Malawi. 

Application Deadline: 

31st August 2022 at 5pm GMT.

Eligible Countries: 


To be Taken at (country): 


About the Manchester Equity & Merit Scholarships:

Each year The University of Manchester awards Equity and Merit Scholarships to academically excellent students from Sub-Saharan Africa who have the potential to make a significant contribution to sustainable development in their home countries.

Across the globe, countries face many developmental challenges, and their brightest young minds have the aptitude and the will to make a difference. Our Equity and Merit Programme helps them to do this.

Each postgraduate course has been created with the specific conditions of these countries in mind and endeavours to fill the skills gaps that exist there, from power engineering to global urban development. The scholarships empower young professionals from the Global South to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and advance themselves and their wider society.

The scholarships are jointly funded by the University and its donors. The University covers students’ tuition fees in full and the generosity of our donors pays for students’ living expenses, flights to the UK and visas.

The awards are intended for those who couldn’t afford to study in Manchester without a scholarship. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and all applications are considered on their merit. We particularly encourage women to apply. 

We offer two types of scholarship:

  • One-year, full-time, on-campus master’s
  • Part-time distance learning master’s (three to five years’ duration)

There are 39 scholarships (29 for full-time study and ten for online study) available for a range of courses in engineering, environment, health sciences, development, education, textiles and law. The scheme is open to applicants from Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. 

Type of Award:



Our master’s scholarships are aimed at talented applicants, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds.

To apply for a scholarship, you must: 

  • be a resident citizen of Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda or Zimbabwe, and have not previously studied outside Africa (training of six months or less does not count);
  • have at least two years of professional experience related to your chosen field of study (this does not include unpaid internships or voluntary work);
  • a bachelor’s degree (you must have graduated before September 2020) with an overall excellent grade. The awards are for academically outstanding students and typically this means that you are in the top 10% of your class;
  • be committed to returning home and able to demonstrate the potential to make a positive impact on the future of your home country;
  • have a clear idea of how studying with Manchester will benefit both your career and the wider community.

Number of Awards:

There are 39 scholarships (29 for full-time study and ten for online study).

Value of Manchester Equity & Merit Award:

The scholarships cover full tuition fees, and for students who will be studying in Manchester, the award includes return international airfares, living expenses and visas.

English Language Requirements:

  • You do not need to provide an IELTS or TOFEL test result when you apply for the scholarship. However, if you are shortlisted for an interview then you will be required to take an approved English test.
  • Each master’s programme on the scholarship list has its own requirements in terms of English test scores. Please refer to the course profiles for more details.
  • In most cases, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no sub-test less than 5.5) or TOEFL 90 (with no sub-test less than 22) to be awarded a scholarship. 
  • We don’t grant any exemptions to these language requirements to applicants who have studied in English and we don’t accept a certificate of English language proficiency from your university.

Duration of Award: 

Duration of candidate’s chosen course 

How to Apply for the Manchester Equity & Merit Award: 

Apply online.

Visit Manchester Equity & Merit Scholarship Webpage for Details

Important Notes: Note that there is a clear separation between the process of awarding the scholarships and our admissions procedure. Scholarships are awarded entirely on merit. It is not necessary to have an academic offer of admission to apply for the scholarship. There is no advantage or disadvantage in having an academic offer. If you are selected for the scholarship you will be automatically admitted for the course of your choice.

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