Scholarship Overview

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: University of Birmingham
  • Funded by: Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  • Tuition Type: Full tuition
  • Degree Program: Masters
  • Scholarship Amount: Full tuition, £950 monthly stipend, etc
  • Separate Application Required?: Yes
  • Deadline: 8 April, 2024.

Scholarship Benefits

The grant comprises: 

  • Entire cost of tuition fees
  • Round-trip airfare to the United Kingdom, including visa expenses
  • A monthly allowance amounting to £950 for a duration of 18 months
  • An initial settling-in fund of £950 

For the concluding half-year dedicated to the internship, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation will provide funding directly to the selected individual.


To be eligible for this scholarship, the criteria include:

  • Possession of a first-class Honours degree, or its international equivalent, from a recognized institution is mandatory.
  • Candidates need to be younger than 30 years at the application time.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English. Non-native speakers must provide proof of their language proficiency. Candidates are expected to have achieved a minimum of 6.5 on the IELTS or a score of 580 on the paper-based TOEFL or 93 on the internet-based test. Additional details regarding the English language prerequisites can be found on the University’s website.
  • Applicants should be African citizens who are residing in, or hold permanent residency within, an African nation. Those residing in Sub-Saharan Africa may be given preference for scholarships.

How to apply

  • Submissions are required to be made via the University’s digital application platform no later than 8 April 2024. Alongside standard documentation, it is imperative to upload a CV and a concise 500-word essay. This essay ought to articulate the reasons that distinguish you as the most qualified contender for the scholarship.
  • Subsequent to filing your application, you need to forward your application ID to Debra Beard. Ensure that the email’s subject contains “Mo Ibrahim Scholarship.”

Refrain from attaching any supplementary documents to this particular email.

Additional Information

Sponsored by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the scholarship funds a comprehensive two-year initiative. The recipient will partake in a one-year MSc course followed by a one-year integrated internship. The internship provides the opportunity for the scholar to invest six months at the IDD, engaging in research with scholars and the GSDRC. This is succeeded by a subsequent six-month period at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s London office, collaborating closely with the staff on various projects that focus on the central theme of “placing governance at the heart of Africa’s development.”

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