The scholarship is funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and is for a two-year program. The chosen applicant will complete a one-year MSc program in its entirety as well as a one-year integrated internship. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to spend six months at IDD conducting research with academics and the GSDRC, followed by six months in London working with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation team on a variety of the Foundation’s initiatives aimed at “putting governance at the center of Africa’s development.” This includes participating in the Now Generation Forum, a new forum for African emerging leaders and young professionals as part of the Ibrahim Forum and the Ibrahim Governance Weekend.
The pathway for the Foundation scholarship comprises the following compulsory modules:
- International Development (20 credits)
- Development Policy and Politics (20 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits). An 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.
Choose on of the following modules:
- Governance and State-building (20 credits)
- Democracy, Dictatorship and Development (20 credits)
Optional modules (60 credits)
Choose from any module from across the School of Government. You may choose a module from another school or college with the agreement of the Programme Director.
Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship Eligibility
The entry requirements consist of:
- A first class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university is essential.
- Applicants must be under 30 years of age at the time of applying.
- 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.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship
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.
Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship Application process
- Applications must be received through the University online application system, by 31 March 2023.
- 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.
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