Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) Scholarships 2018/2019 for Study in the University of Oxford, UK (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: Monday, 2 October, 2017

The AIG Scholarships Programme is targeted at graduates between the ages of 25 and 35, some of whom may have work experience. The scholars will be exceptionally intelligent graduates who have excelled academically as well as in other areas of their lives.

Every year, Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) will fund five scholarships for outstanding individuals from Nigeria and Ghana to pursue the Master of Public Policy degree at the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG), University of Oxford. AIG Scholars will be expected, upon graduation, to return to their home country and apply their learning experience as change agents in their country’s public sector.

The AIG Scholarships are postgraduate scholarships awarded to outstanding individuals from Nigeria or Ghana to undertake the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Programme at the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG), University of Oxford. Upon graduation, AIG Scholars will be expected to return to their home country and apply their learning experience as change agents in their country’s public sector.


  • The AIG Scholarships are full scholarships covering fees, accommodation and living expenses.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Citizen of Nigeria or Ghana
  • Age between 25 and 35 years
  • Achieved an academic standing sufficiently advanced to ensure admission to Oxford and the MPP programme. This means a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any discipline. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.7 out of 4.0
  • Strong commitment to public service and a willingness to commit to working for a fixed number of years in your country’s public sector
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities and resultant impact
  • Impeccable moral character

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic and analytical excellence
  • Strong commitment to public service
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities and resultant impact
  • Impeccable moral character

Note that:

Applicants who reach the second stage of selection will be required to furnish the following additional information.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Full Academic Transcripts
  • Academic and/or Professional References (four in total). Please note that at least two of the references must be from individuals whom you studied under at university. The references should be sent directly to AIG, and should attest to the character and intellect of the applicant, including academic, personal, extra-curricular and leadership achievements. (References should not be given by people who are related to the applicant.)
  • Personal Essay (no more than 1500 words) covering the following:
    1. Why you are interested in public service and public policy; describe the specific issue(s) or problem(s) you care about, your thoughts on how this issue can be resolved and how the resolution of this issue could impact the economy as a whole.
    2. Why the AIG Scholarship and the MPP Programme at BSG-Oxford are important to you and how you would utilise this opportunity.
    3. The description of a personal challenge you have overcome or an achievement that you believe demonstrates your leadership potential, and the impact of that achievement.
  • Two passport photographs

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) 2018/19 Scholarships


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  2. This is a wonderful and God minded obligation.lf l were so intelligent and brilliant l would have applied.But,not withstanding l appreciate your awesome effort.The good God Lord is your strength. Amen

  3. Good morning I wish to apply for such a scholarship through platform you provided.I will also be grateful for dis kind opportunity release for the youth.GOD ALMIGHTY will continue to strengthen you in always.thanks&God bless

  4. Glory be to God and thank you for this great privilege….. Am very much interested in the scholarship but am yet to acquire the requirements…. Looking forward to hear from you….God bless

  5. Am an HND holder ,a graduate in mass communication ,option print media of federal polytechnic, Owerri IMO State, Nigeria.

  6. It’s a great opportunity for us…
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  8. Comment:This is coming at the time when Africa is faced with leadership disasters not natural disasters. This is the major problem bedeveilng

  9. Its really a very great privilege for our African youths to be inculcated with the right values and leadership styles devoid of self-centeredness and embezzelment. This scholarship is a very welcomed idea and initiative of which am very much capable and so, interested. i will be very grateful if i will be among the lucky ones to be selected.

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