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The Global Development Institute Merit Awards provide three full scholarships for academically excellent professionals studying a GDI campus-based master’s course commencing in September 2022. The scholarship covers the tuition fees, living expenses, flights to the UK and visa costs.

The Global Development Institute is where critical thinking meets social justice. Researchers at the Global Development Institute are addressing some of the biggest challenges the world faces, from inequality and the politics of development to globalisation. We strive to address specific problems and make an impact in the real world. Cutting-edge insights from our research are incorporated in our postgraduate teaching and many of our 10,000 alumni become development leaders. For the last 60 years, The University of Manchester has been at the forefront of Development Studies and The Global Development Institute continues to drive forward new ideas promoting sustainable development and social justice for all.

For the next academic year we’re able to offer three fully funded scholarships for resident citizens of Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia or Uganda and have not previously studied outside Africa.

Three scholarships are typically available across GDI courses.

If you have an excellent academic track record and a commitment to social justice (or know someone who does) we look forward to hearing from you. The closing date for applications for September 2022 is Friday, 22 April 2022 at 5pm (GMT).

Eligibility criteria and details of how to submit your application are below.


Applicants must:

  • be a resident citizen of Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia or Uganda and have not previously studied outside Africa;
  • hold a bachelor’s degree with an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) classification or its international equivalent;
  • have at least three years of relevant post-graduation work experience (this does not include unpaid internships or voluntary work);
  • have a clear idea of how studying in Manchester will benefit both their career and the wider community.

Applicants are also required to hold one of the following English tests:

  • An overall minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS, with 6.5 in writing and no other subsections below 6.0. Please note, some of our courses have higher English Language requirements, to check the specific language requirements and alternative tests, please visit our website here and click on the specific course.
  • West African Education Council (WAEC) Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with a B3 or above.
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), at grade B in English.
  • Ugandan Certificate of Education, at grade B.
  • Nigerian National Examinations Council (NECO) certificate at grade 4.

Further information and an application form for the Global Development Institute Merit Awards.