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Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDAI) PhD Scholarships - UK 2020

The Centre of African Studies offers 2 PhD scholarships to African nationals as part of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Applications are invited for PhD studentships focused on the area of state capacities, governance and bureaucracy for development. This may include 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. But applications must focus on the public sector/state/civil service, on governance, and on development. 

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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 Foundation PhD Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Mo Ibrahim Foundation PhD Scholarship

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has generously provided SOAS with two PhD scholarships per year for African students undertaking a full?time PhD programme in the field of Governance for Development in Africa.

  1. The scholarship provides for fees for three years and an annual bursary of £16.000 per year.
  2. The scholarship also covers visa costs, HIS and TB (if undertaken), provided receipts are submitted to the Centre of African Studies office.

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Requirements for Mo Ibrahim Foundation PhD Scholarship Qualification

Domicile/Residency: Applicants must be domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub?Saharan Africa. Eligible Programmes: PhD Programme (Full?time) Research undertaken by scholarship applicants must directly address or be applicable to the issue of Governance in Africa.

The eligible PhDs are only those within the following departments: -

  1. Development Studies
  2. Law
  3. Economics
  4. International Relations/Politics
  5. MA African Studies
  6. CISD (Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy)
  7. DEFIMS (Department for Financial and Management Studies )
  8. Distance Learning: CEFIMS(Centre for Financial and Management Studies), DEFIMS

In order to be considered for funding, applicants must first secure an UNCONDITIONAL OFFER for the PhD by applying directly to the uk/admissions/pg/research/" target="_blank">SOAS Doctoral School.

Once the place is secured, the applicants can apply for the scholarship. Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a panel consisting of SOAS academic members. The assessment of your application will be based on the information in your scholarship application.


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Interview date, Process and Venue for Mo Ibrahim Foundation PhD Scholarship

Assessment: Scholarship candidates will be assessed based on their intended research, academic merit and references. SOAS is committed to accepting only those scholarship candidates who can demonstrate an ability to complete a PhD within three, or at most, four years.

All applications, including reference, must be received by 31st March of each year. Only complete applications will be accepted. Incomplete applications and applications that do not follow the guidelines above will not be considered for a scholarship. The Advisory Panel expects to have made a final decision on the Mo Ibrahim Foundation PhD Scholarships by May of each year. All scholarship candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application.

NOTE: By 31st of March you must have an Unconditional offer for PhD in order to be considered for funding. Note that it takes 8 weeks to receive an offer of admission for PhD, therefore to apply for the PhD at least or before January 2020.


Documents Required for Application

Please provide the following documents:

  1. a copy of the unconditional offer received from SOAS admissions office
  2. CV (please include your email address)
  3. 2 pages max statement outlining knowledge and interest in governance-related issues
  4. Your research proposal (as sent to the SOAS Admissions Office)
  5. one academic reference (to be sent directly by referee to [email protected])

Please note that CAS reserves the right not to award scholarships and will only award them where there are applicants judged to meet sufficiently high academic standards and with demonstrable interests in fields relevant to the objectives of the GDAI.



Application Deadline

March 31, 2020


How to Apply

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

Angelica Baschiera
Coordinator
Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance for Development in Africa Initiative
SOAS

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0) 207 898 4370

For more details, please visit the scholarship website here


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