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. Wonderful opportunity:Am Ernest Mensah Martey 1st degree in procurement and supply chain management(Ghana)can I apply tanx.

  2. Thanks for this programme and I wish to apply.l’m Ghanaian, I offer human settlement planning.God bless you and the fellowship. Thanks

  3. Am Anita.
    I completed with second class lower
    Can I apply please
    I studied BSC Statistics
    From Ghana.
    How do I apply please

  4. Comment: am so grateful about the info. and I do hope I’ll be among those to benefit from it!!!

  5. I am from Nigeria,l love this opportunities and l graduated from sokoto polytechnics HND,with lower credit classification.l study Business Administration .l am 30 years of Age.l am totally lntrested

  6. Comment: This is a great initiative. I will love to apply. Bsc. Public Health and Allied Sciences. I graduated with a Second Class Upper division.

  7. Thanks for this opportunity.
    I wish to apply.
    I am a second class upper division degree holder in Banking and Finance from Central University in Ghana

  8. I’m a graduate of Business Administration and Management with Distinction (3.61).
    Procedure or link for registration is needed please. Thank you

  9. I studied Educational foundations in Guidance and counselling. I had first class but yet to go for my NYSC this November. Can I apply? If yes, how?

  10. Please I hold first degree in Business Administration, Second class honours, from Ghana. May I get the process of application to start it. Many regards

  11. I am from Zimbabwe, I’m pleased with this advert, however, what can be done so that we can also benefit from this amazing and wonderful programeme, I anxiously want to have this opportunity but my citizenship and nationality is Zimbabwean yet the offer is only for Nigerians and Ghananians, if I heard it well . please help

  12. Am from Nigeria, and am a graduate from the university of Maiduguri Borno State Nigeria, Faculty Of Veterinary Medicine with distinction in Theriogenology. I Am interested how do I apply.


  14. Comment:
    Am a committed reformist from Kenya, I graduated in August with Degree in Finance, 64.893 points, second class upper division.
    can you consider me please since am only seeing Nigerians and Ghanaians in here.

  15. Ajiborishade oluwafemi adeniyi… I’m a Nigerian i graduated with second class upper,( division) in medical micro biology.
    I have experienced in both medical line and food industry…(7up) company and lagos state general hospital. I will be glad to be award this opportunity in order for me to prove my logic and my experience. Thank you sir/ma

  16. AM only seeing Nigerians and Ghana students how about Ugandans we need the scholarships. I have fast class degree in social work and social Adminstration. Do u offer that course. Thanks need scholarship

  17. I am a graduate of international relations with second class upper division, 4.37 and I’m interested. I have a strong passion to see my country Nigeria move forward. How can I apply?

  18. I’m a burundian girl…i finished my secondary school and i wish to study at your university because it’s a good university and has excellent professor

  19. I wish to apply am a Nigerian, I graduated with second class upper accounting and am eligible for this scholarship opportunity and I pray that i should be among the chosen ones thanks

  20. I am a Nigerian graduate with second class upper in Economics Education from the University, Nsukka how do I apply to this noble opportunity?

  21. Thanks for the opportunity…. I am a Nigerian. A graduate from Cyprus International University, with a First Class Honor of 3.97. I am interested in this offer, kindly inbox me on how to apply.

  22. I want apply for masters in psychology I graduated with second class upper in Bsc.Ed chemistry I’m from Nigeria and I’m 25 years old

  23. Good day.
    I am Ojone Ukwubile from Nigeria, a graduate of Business Administration, I graduated with a 2:2 (second class lower division).
    I’d really love to be a part of this.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  24. I graduated with a second class upper from ESUT, Law faculty precisely but made a pass in the Nigerian law school, please am I eligible and if yes, how do I apply?

  25. I am a First Class Honours Degree Holder from the University of Sierra Leone. Can I apply for this programme…?
    Hope hearing from you.


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