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Mo Ibrahim Foundation GDAI PhD Scholarship 2022/23 for Africans to Study in London

The Centre for African Studies at the SOAS University of London is pleased to announce the offering of a PhD scholarship to African nationals as part of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDAI) funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

The scholarship aims at supporting PhD studentships focused on the area of state capacities, governance and bureaucracy for development. African students who are passionate about advancing their educational pursuits are encouraged to apply.

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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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Mo Ibrahim/SOAS Postgraduate Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Mo Ibrahim/SOAS Postgraduate Scholarship

The scholarship is funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and focuses on supporting African PhD students with projects designed to understand public sector governance capabilities, political settlements, state business relations, the governance of state owned enterprises, the governance of development policy design and implementation, and so on.


Requirements for Mo Ibrahim/SOAS Postgraduate Scholarship Qualification

To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants are to meet the following criteria:

  • Must first secure an unconditional offer for the PhD at SOAS University of London in eligible departments.
  • Must have obtained relevant bachelor and master’s degree from a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • Demonstrate excellent educational and leadership abilities.

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Documents Required for Application

Please provide the following documents:

  • a copy of the unconditional offer received from SOAS admissions office
  • CV (please include your email address)
  • 2 pages max statement outlining knowledge and interest in governance-related issues
  • Your research proposal (as sent to the SOAS Admissions Office)
  • one academic reference (to be sent directly by referee to [email protected])


Application Deadline

Not Specified


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Mo Ibrahim Foundation on docs.google.com to apply

Interested applicants are to apply online by completing the online application form before the application deadline.

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