Scholarships 2020/2021: Mo Ibrahim Foundation Masters for African Students

“Scholarships 2020/2021: Mo Ibrahim Foundation Masters for African Students”

Applications are open for interested and suitably qualified African Students for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation fully-funded masters scholarships 2020/2021 to study in the UK.

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.

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Masters Scholarships

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

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Governance and state-building are of particular interest to governments, non-governmental 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 of 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.

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Masters Scholarships  Eligibility

  • 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.
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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.

Value of Award

The scholarship includes:

1. Full tuition fee
2. Airfare 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.

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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 for Mo Ibrahim Foundation Masters Scholarships

  • 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. 

For more information, visit the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Masters Scholarships.

Application Deadline: 6th May 2020

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