Mo Ibrahim Foundation MSc Scholarship 2018 for African Nationals | Fully Funded to Study in UK

Mo Ibrahim Foundation is calling for applications from African nationals domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country to the 2018 MSc scholarship in International Development (Governance and State-building) at the University of Birmingham.

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship


The International Development Department, University of Birmingham, is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to undertake the MSc in International Development (Governance and State-building) with a full scholarship, 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.

About the International Development (Governance and State-building) Programme.

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

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 MSc Scholarship Eligibility.

The entry requirements consist of:

  • A first class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university.
  • Good written and spoken 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.

How to Apply for Mo Ibrahim Foundation MSc Scholarship.

Applications must be received through the University online application system, accessed via www.birmingham.ac.uk 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 (d.l.beard@bham.ac.uk) 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.

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