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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 2023. The scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses, flights to the UK, and visa costs.

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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 2023 is Saturday, 31 December 2022.

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


Applicants are required to:

  • be a resident citizen of Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia or Uganda (applicants have not normally studied outside Africa, but applications coming from those who have may be considered);
  • hold a bachelor’s degree with an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) classification or its international equivalent from a high-ranking university;
  • have at least 2 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 7.0 in IELTS, with 6.5 in writing and no other subsections below 6.5;
  • TOEFL iBT with 100 overall and no other element below 25;
  • PTE Pearson Academic UKVI with 76 overall and no element below 70;
  • 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.

Please note, your IELTS, TOEFL or PTE must be taken on or after 18th September 2021. Other language qualifications must be less than seven years old at the start date of the programme, so they must be valid from 2016.

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