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UK Scholarship: University of Birmingham 2023 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship For African Students

2023 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship for African Students at the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham Scholarship: Legitimate African students are invited to apply for the 2023 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship for African Students at the University of Birmingham.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation provides funding for a two-year program at the University of Birmingham, with the successful candidate completing the full one-year MSc program as well as an integrated one-year internship.

More Scholarship Overview

The internship enables the successful candidate to spend six months with IDD working on research with academics and the GSDRC and then six months with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in London working alongside the team on a variety of the Foundation’s initiatives that aim to “put governance at the center of Africa’s development”.

Participation in the Now Generation Forum, a new forum for African emerging leaders and young professionals as part of the Ibrahim Forum and the Ibrahim Governance Weekend, is one example.

Brief Scholarship Details

Host Country: United Kingdom (UK)

Sponsor(s): Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Category: Postgraduate Scholarships | Masters Scholarships

Benefit: Full Scholarship | Monthly stipend of £950 for 18 months | Arrival allowance of £950 | Airfare Ticket

Eligible Countries: All African Countries

Application Deadline: March 31, 2023

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Full Scholarship Benefits and Duration

The scholarship includes:

  1. Full tuition fee
  2. Airfare to and from the United Kingdom and visa
  3. Monthly stipend of £950 for 18 months
  4. Arrival allowance of £950

The remaining six months of the internship will be funded directly to the successful candidate by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

MO Ibrahim Scholarship Requirements

The entry requirements consist of:

  • first-class Honors degree or equivalent from an approved university is essential.
  • Applicants must be under 30 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Good written and spoken English. For those whose first language is not English, evidence of this capacity is required. Applicants should reach at least level 6.5 in the IELTS or 580 /93 for TOEFL. Please check the University website for more information on English language requirements.
  • Applicants must be African nationals domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Course Outline

The pathway for the Foundation scholarship comprises the following compulsory modules:

  • International Development (20 credits)
  • Development Policy and Politics (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits). An in-depth focus on a topic of particular interest, with support from a supervisor. This may involve overseas fieldwork in a country chosen by the candidate.

Choose one of the following modules:

  • Governance and State-building (20 credits)
  • Democracy, Dictatorship, and Development (20 credits)

Optional modules (60 credits)

Choose from any module from across the School of Government. You may choose a module from another school or college with the agreement of the Programme Director.

How to Apply

Applications must be received through the University’s online application system, by 31 March 2023. In addition to the usual documents to be submitted, you must also upload a 500-word statement of purpose (SOP) and CV. This statement should set out why you are the best candidate for the scholarship.

You must then send your application ID number to Debra Beard. Please include ‘Mo Ibrahim Scholarship’ in the subject line of the email. Please do not include any supporting documents in this email. 

Recipient Email: [email protected]

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