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The Global Development Institute Merit Awards provide six full scholarships for academically excellent professionals studying a GDI campus-based master’s course commencing in September 2019. 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 six fully funded scholarships for resident citizens of Ghana, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe, who have not previously studied outside Africa.

Six scholarships are typically available across GDI courses.

Professor Diana Mitlin, Managing Director of the Global Development Institute said “Our research-informed approach to teaching and learning means our master’s students graduate with both the critical and practical skills needed to really make a difference. We’re thrilled to be able to offer six full scholarships and look forward to receiving applications from outstanding students.”

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 2019 is 31 March 2019.

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


Applicants must:

  • be a resident citizen of Ghana, Kenya, Zambia or Zimbabwe and have not previously studied outside Africa;
  • hold a bachelor’s degree with a First Class Honours (1st) 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 score of 6.5 in IELTS, with 6.5 in writing and no other subsections below 6.0.
  • West African Education Council (WAEC) Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with a B3 or above.
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), with a B in English.
  • General Certificate of Education (issued by the Examinations Council of Zambia), with a 4 in English.

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


If you’re not eligible for this award, check out our other scholarships and funding opportunities.