2016 Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDAI) Msc Scholarships for study in the United Kingdom (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: 30 April 2016

The Centre of African Studies offers 3 MSc scholarships to African residents as part of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has generously provided SOAS with three MSc scholarships per year for African students undertaking full‐time MSc programme in the field of Governance for Development in Africa. The scholarship provides for fees, for accommodation and living cost for the year.
Scholarship Criteria
  • Domicile/Residency: Applicants must be domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub‐Saharan Africa.
  • Eligible Programmes: MSc (Full‐time) undertaken by scholarship applicants must directly address or be applicable to the issue of Governance in Africa.
  • Assessment: Scholarship candidates will be assessed based on their academic merit and references. SOAS is committed to accepting only those scholarship candidates who can demonstrate an ability to complete a MSc in one year.


  • You should print out the Application Form, sign and scan it and email this along withCV and Supporting Statement in a single email to:
    Ms Angelica Baschiera at [email protected]
  • Email applications are preferable, but if you are unable to send your application by email,please post it to:
Ms Angelica Baschiera
Centre of African studies
SOAS‐University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

Once the place is secured, the applicants can apply for the scholarship. Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a panel consisting of SOAS academic members. The assessment of your application will be based on the information in your scholarship application. Selectors will be looking at the following:

  • academic achievement and evidence of critical analytical capabilities;
  • references;
  • supporting statement;
  • evidence of interest in and knowledge of linkages between governance and development


Application Form


Visit the Official webpage of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDAI) Msc Scholarships


  1. […] The Centre of African Studies at SOAS, University of London, is pleased to announce the extension of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative, funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, for another five years, until 2018. The focus of the project remains the same in terms of creating a dedicated environment to support Africans to study the socio-economic, political, and legal links between governance and development. […]


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