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Mo Ibrahim Foundation 2020-2021 Fully-funded Masters Scholarships for African Students – University of Birmingham

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 2020. 

The scholarship is for two years to enable the applicant to complete the MSc and undertake a one year internship, including six-months with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

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About 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 st... read more


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Aim and Benefits of Mo Ibrahim Foundation Masters Scholarship

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.


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Requirements for Mo Ibrahim Foundation Masters Scholarship Qualification

The entry requirements consist of:

  1. A first class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university is essential.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Application Deadline

May 6, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Mo Ibrahim Foundation on sits.bham.ac.uk to apply
  1. Applications must be received through the University online application system, by 6 May 2020.
  2. In addition to the usual documents to be submitted, you must also upload a 500 word statement and CV. This statement should set out why you are the best candidate for the scholarship.
  3. You must then send your application ID number to Debra Beard. Please include ‘Mo Ibrahim Scholarship’ in the subject line of the email. Please do not include any supporting documents in this email. 

For more details, visit Mo Ibrahim Foundation website



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