Masters Scholarship by Mo Ibrahim Foundation
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) is an African foundation, established in 2006 with one focus: the critical importance of governance and leadership in Africa.
It is our belief that governance and leadership lie at the heart of any tangible and shared improvement in the quality of life of African citizens.
LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA
Leadership is about making choices, defining priorities, and taking risks.
Governance is about properly documenting and effectively implementing these choices.
Africa has made considerable progress over the last decade. However, the continent still faces a number of complex and massive challenges in most areas. How can it translate its wealth of resources into improved quality of life for its citizens, in an equitable and sustainable way? What should governments do to make sure that their GDP growth is matched by employment gains? Why are political and human rights still lagging in many areas, despite significant economic progress?
These challenges pose a threat to Africa’s success and potential transformation in the long-term. But all of these challenges can be met through sound leadership and governance on the continent.
African countries need to define a strategy – a ‘business plan’ – built on an inclusive vision which assesses and prioritises challenges, makes the best use of human, natural and financial resources and closely monitors results in order to ensure efficient and tangible implementation.
The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through four main initiatives:
Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG)
Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership
Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships.
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 2019.
Aim and Benefits
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 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, nongovernmental organisations and development agencies, as well as to a growing and vibrant academic community.
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.
Requirments for Scholarship Masters Qualification
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. 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.
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.
April 28, 2019 .
How to apply
Applications must be received through the University online application system, by 19 May 2019. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Interested and qualified? Go to Mo Ibrahim Foundation on sits.bham.ac.uk
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