Master Scholarship for African Students in Governance and Statebuilding

Deadline: 20 May 2018
Open to: students from Africa
Scholarship: fully funded


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 2018. The scholarship is provided by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and is for a two-year programme, with the successful candidate undertaking the full MSc programme, with a one year internship being integral to the programme. The internship will consist of six months with IDD and six months with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in London.

The Governance and Statebuilding programme is one of the specialized 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 democratization. Governance and state-building are of particular interest to governments, nongovernmental organizations and development agencies, as well as to a growing and vibrant academic community.


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;
  • 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 scholarship includes:

  1. Full tuition fee;
  2. Air fare to and from the United Kingdom and visa;
  3. Monthly stipend of 950 GBP for 18 months;
  4. Arrival allowance of 950 GBP;

The remaining six months for the internship will be funded directly to the successful candidate by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

How to Apply?

Applications must be received through the University online application system, accessed by the 20th May 2018. 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 ( 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.

For more information please visit the official website.