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Global Development Institute Merit Awards Scholarships At The University of Manchester

Global Development Institute Merit Awards Scholarships At The University of Manchester

The Global Development Institute Merit Awards provide six full scholarships for academically excellent professionals studying a GDI campus-based master’s course commencing in September 2019. The scholarship covers the tuition fees, living expenses, flights to the UK and visa costs.

The Global Development Institute is where critical thinking meets social justice. Researchers at the Global Development Institute are addressing some of the biggest challenges the world faces, from inequality and the politics of development to globalisation. We strive to address specific problems and make an impact in the real world. Cutting-edge insights from our research are incorporated in our postgraduate teaching and many of our 10,000 alumni become development leaders. For the last 60 years, The University of Manchester has been at the forefront of Development Studies and The Global Development Institute continues to drive forward new ideas promoting sustainable development and social justice for all.

Six scholarships are typically available across GDI courses.

If you have an excellent academic track record and a commitment to social justice (or know someone who does) we look forward to hearing from you.


Applicants must:

  • be a resident citizen of Ghana, Kenya, Zambia or Zimbabwe and have not previously studied outside Africa;
  • hold a bachelor’s degree with a First Class Honours (1st) classification or its international equivalent;
  • have at least three years of relevant post-graduation work experience (this does not include unpaid internships or voluntary work);
  • have a clear idea of how studying in Manchester will benefit both their career and the wider community.

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How to apply

Applications for the scholarship should be made through the dedicated application form.

Applications will be open from Monday 4 March 2019 at 9am (GMT).

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.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 31 March 2019 at 5pm (GMT).

Please note that you will be asked to electronically submit the following documents at the end of the application. We recommend that you prepare these documents in advance as they cannot be added to your application after submissions:

  • two up-to-date signed references (one academic and one professional). References must be on letter headed paper. References do not need to be sent confidentially and there is no fixed format;
  • degree certificate(s) and transcript(s) showing the subjects you have taken and the grades achieved. Temporary copies or certificates of graduation will suffice for this application);
  • English language test certificate;
  • up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV);
  • a 500-word personal statement detailing how studying at the University of Manchester will benefit both your career and the wider community.

The closing date for applications for September 2019 is 31 March 2019.

Applicants are also required to hold one of the following English tests:

  • An overall score of 6.5 in IELTS, with 6.5 in writing and no other subsections below 6.0.
  • West African Education Council (WAEC) Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with a B3 or above.
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), with a B in English.
  • General Certificate of Education (issued by the Examinations Council of Zambia), with a 4 in English.

For the next academic year we’re able to offer six fully funded scholarships for resident citizens of Ghana, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe, who have not previously studied outside Africa.

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