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Mo Ibrahim Foundation Fully-funded Masters Scholarships 2023/2024 for African Students – University


The Governance and Statebuilding programme is one of the specialized 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 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 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.


The scholarship includes the following:

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 of the internship will be funded directly to the successful candidate by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.


The entry requirements consist of the following:

  • A first-class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university is essential.

  • 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.

  • 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.


31st March 2023

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