Graduate Scholarships for African Students at Institute of Developmental Studies in UK 2021

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is offering six scholarships to International students from the Global South for a Master Degree in the 2021/22 session.

These scholarships have been jointly endowed by the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust, the Albertina Scholarship Fund and the estate of Sir Hans Singer.

The scholarships are available to international students from lower- or middle-income countries who have accepted a full-time place on an IDS master’s degree. Priority will be given to students who have the greatest potential to make a difference in their home countries after completing the degree.

Worth of Award

The Scholarship is up to £18,500 for fees and up to £11,000 for essential living costs


To be considered eligible, applicants:

  • Must have received and accepted an offer of a place on a full-time taught IDS masters degree (see list of IDS masters courses)
  • Must have proven academic skills and established a career with a track record of excellence and achievement in the field of development
  • Must be able to demonstrate, through your previous experience and future plans, that you are committed to working for development – be it educational, economic, social or cultural – in your home country
  • Must not have studied nor worked in a high-income (developed) country
  • Must meet all of the IDS and the University of Sussex’s general entrance requirements.
  • Must have received an unconditional offer on an eligible Masters by 30 April 2020 (it is possible to apply for the scholarship before receiving an offer of a place).

How to Apply

  • To be considered for the IDS Graduate Scholarship, you must have accepted an offer of a place on an eligible IDS master’s degree.
  • Applications for the scholarship award should be submitted via their online IDS Scholarship Application Form.
  • In fairness to other applicants, they are unable to consider applications from candidates who have not already secured sufficient funds to meet the remaining tuition and living expenses at the time of application (after taking account of the possible award of this Scholarship) and you must provide evidence of how you will fund your expenses.
  • Your application will be reviewed and successful candidates may be called for an interview (by phone or Skype). Once an award has been approved, the candidate will be notified in writing in June 2021.
  • Please note that candidates should not make irreversible plans to leave for the UK until they have received a formal offer letter for the scholarships.


Deadline: Application closes on April 30, 2021.


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