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University of Edinburgh 2022 Catto Combined MSc & PhD Scholarships for African Students

Catto MSc & PhD Scholarships 2022/2023: The Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh is pleased to announce the availability of one full scholarship for suitable female applicants from Africa to study for an MSc in Africa and International Development and subsequent PhD in African Studies or, where more suitable, go directly into a PhD.

 Successful applicants will start their studies in September 2022. These Scholarships were made possible through generous funding from the Stephen Gordon Catto Charitable Trust and will cover full fees as well as a monthly maintenance stipend throughout the one-year MSc and subsequent three years of PhD study. These scholarships have been designed as a combined package in order to enable those who may not feel they have sufficient research experience to embark on a PhD to get that grounding with an MSc. The MSc year helps build a bridge between undergraduate studies and the PhD. We hope the combined package of support encourages some who may not have thought a PhD was in reach to re-consider. A key goal of the scholarships is to diversify the scholars from the African continent who contribute original and important research to African Studies. 

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University of Edinburgh Masters & PhD Scholarships


Aim and Benefits of University of Edinburgh Masters & PhD Scholarships

Value of Award: Successful applicants will start their studies in September 2021. These Scholarships were made possible through generous funding from the Stephen Gordon Catto Charitable Trust and will cover full fees as well as a monthly maintenance stipend throughout the one-year MSc and subsequent three years of PhD study. 


Requirements for University of Edinburgh Masters & PhD Scholarships Qualification

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a female who is normally domiciled in an African country listed here.
  • Have received an excellent undergraduate degree (minimum of a high 2.1) in the social sciences from an accredited university in Africa (a Masters degree achieved with distinction will be an advantage for those wishing to go directly into a PhD).
  • Not have previously received a degree from a university outside Africa (with the exception of current or former students of The University of Edinburgh).
  • Demonstrate commitment to studying for a PhD in African Studies.
  • Demonstrate leadership potential (broadly defined), and intention to maximize the impact of their research.
  • Have submitted an application to study for the MSc in Africa and International Development and/or the PhD in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh by 15 April 2022.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for University of Edinburgh Masters & PhD Scholarships

Application Information Session:An application open session will be organized by the Centre of African Studies, on 1 April 2022, at 14.00-15.00 GMT. Please keep an eye on our website and twitter handle @africanstudies for details of the meeting. All intending to apply for the scholarship are strongly encouraged to attend. At this session, we will provide information on the Centre, what we are looking for in applications, and details of the dedicated support and mentorship that would be available for the awardee. This could include family support where appropriate.

Selection process:All applications will be assessed after the closing date and shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an online interview


Documents Required for Application

  • A summary of your research proposal (maximum 2 pages) 
  • A cover letter indicating your motivations, leadership experience and future plans (maximum 1 page)
  • An academic CV, clearly showing class of degree and previous educational achievements (maximum 2 pages)
  • 1 letter of reference 


Application Deadline

April 30, 2022


How to Apply

The PDF document must be named as follows: First Name Surname_CATTO APPLICATION_2022

Example:  Idia Asante_CATTO APPLICATION_2022

All applications must use the email subject line: CATTO SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION 2022

Applications must be submitted in a single pdf document on or before 12:00 Noon GMT on 30 April 2022 to [email protected]

For more details,visit UE website


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