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

Application Deadline:

2019/2020 Scholarships: September 14th 2018

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


  1. I Obtained First Class in B Sc Ed. (Hons) Mathematics, 2016 with CGPA of 4.73 on the scale of 5.00 but my SSCE is Neco Not WAEC, can I please apply? If yes, were is the application link?

  2. I am from Sierra Leone I want to apply I got Teachers Certificate, Higher Teachers Certificate, National Diploma, Higher National Diploma and Bsc. Degree

  3. This is a wonderful opportunity and, I wish I could benefit from it.
    HND in Electrical/Electronics Engineering Thank you .

  4. I do appreciate the initiative. May the Creator remember all the brains behind this initiative and bless you you all abundantly in His own way and time.

    I read BA in Theological Studies. First class__how do I apply, please?

  5. Please ,how do one go about the registration proper. Am a Nigerian and I graduated with first class in Integrated science education.

  6. Hello am a first class in fashion and textile design I would truly be happy if am part the scholarship scheme to upgrade in my studies .

  7. According to the National University Commission, there is a new grading system which is generating controversy amongst students in various institutions across Nigeria.
    Formerly, if someone has a CGPA of 3.5 he is on a second class upper. But now they are telling us that if someone is on 2.5 which is equivalent to 3.5 is on a second class lower so how do you go about this to ascertain brilliance?

  8. Am a Nigerian and a Bs.c holder. Graduated with second class upper division in Education. How do I apply?

  9. My Son graduated at federal University Technology Owerri Imo state with second class upper division in PHYSICS.

  10. I’m interested and pls, how can I apply. I’m a Nigerian and I graduated with second class upper division in Biotechnology and Animal Nutrition. Thank you

  11. I studied political science with 3.94 CGPA from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria.

    I’m interested in this scholarship program.

    Many thanks

  12. Am from Nigeria a graduate of second class upper industrial relation and personnel management, I have interest in the scholarship I need a site link to apply

  13. My son is interested in dis wonderful development He is a 27 year’s old boy from Nigeria Wit second class upper ,Bsc in microbiology, study in university of forte hare south Africa ,

  14. I am a graduate of Microbiology, graduated with a strong second class upper division. I am really interested in the program. Please how do I apply?

  15. I’m very happy for this great opportunity. I’m a graduate with a BA degree hoping to further in Music Performance (Piano) abroad. I will be very happy if my area of concentration concidered .

  16. I’m interested and wish to apply. I’m a graduate of Animal science with a first class honour from Delta State University, Abraka. I’m a Nigerian. Please how do i go about the application?

  17. Comment: I am a graduate of Political Science with second class upper (3.5 CGPA). How can I get to apply for the opportunity.

  18. I am a graduate with Second class upper division in French major. I would love to apply for the scholarship. How do I apply please?

  19. I wish to apply, I am a Nigerian I graduated with second class upper division in pure Mathematics

  20. I am a Nigerian and graduated from the university of ibadan with a second class honours upper division
    But 47 years old. I work with the government and am highly interested in obtaining a masters degree in public policy as it will enhance my job as a public officer with policy planning, formation and analysis.

  21. Please how can I apply, am a Nigerian graduate of civil engineering with a strong second class upper division.

  22. Am from Nigeria , graduated with second class honor , upper division.
    I studied mass communication.

  23. Slm/hello. sir/ma! I graduated with 2.1. 2017. I studied Educational foundations: Administration and planing. at Taraba State university Jalingo, Nigeria. I am 28 years old. Am interested. Sir/ma! May I pls know how 2 apply? Thank u.

  24. Comment: Please my is Dorkordi Kennedy from Ghana with second class upper division in Environment and Resource management….went to apply …….. Please am I qualify for this scholarship?

  25. This is a good one from AIG,God will continue to uphold u.second class upper public Admin(external system)

  26. Hi,

    I am a Graduate from Kenya, 27 Years of Age. Can I apply if I am not from the Two Given Countries, Nigeria or Ghana?

  27. Thank you for the opportunity. I am interested and wish to apply for the opportunity. Am a Kenyan, 35 years and graduated with first class in Community Development.

  28. Hello thanks for the opportunity
    I have second class upper in Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Foundation of Education in University of Cape Coast, Ghana, I’ve been a teacher for five years. I am 30 years old. Philpine Gabara is my name. Please I would like apply so I need the link. Thank you


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