The University of East London is offering an International Development Scholarship in association with the International Student House (ISH) for the 2013-2014 academic session.  The development scholarship is a combined tuition fee, residential and maintenance scholarship offered to an international student who intends to make a positive contribution to the development of their home country as result of completing the MSc NGO and Development Management Programme, who would otherwise be unable to pursue the Programme for financial reasons.

The scholarship is open to applicants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi and Somalia.


To be eligible for the International Development Scholarship, applicants must:

  • First apply online for the MSc NGO and Development programme.
  • The application will be assessed and if you are successful, the International admissions office will send you an International offer letter at UEL
  • Hold a high 2.1 (Second Class Upper) qualification with a 67%+ overall percentage or equivalent
  • Have a minimum two years’ work experience for an NGO
  • Be a national of one of the following countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia
  • Intend to return to your home country on completion of the course in order to put your studies into practice
  • Be able to demonstrate that you would otherwise be unable to pursue the course for financial reasons

Value of Scholarship

The Scholarship will include the following:

  • Return flights (Booked by UEL)
  • Tuition Fees
  • Accommodation*: Single room accommodation at ISH
  • Subsistence (including food and travel)*: to the value of £550 per month For up to 12 months

Conditions of Scholarship

The University at its sole discretion reserves the right to allocate and administer the scholarship award as appropriate and conditions may be subject to change.

  • The scholar must enrol on the MSc NGO and Development Management Programme for the intake stated on their Scholarship Offer Letter. The Scholarship cannot be deferred.
  • The scholar must comply with the terms and conditions of admittance and the University’s Regulations, including our Attendance Policy. Where there is a failure to comply then the scholarship award may be withdrawn in whole or part.
  • The scholar will be expected to complete their programme of study successfully within the time frame outlined on their Scholarship Offer Letter. The scholarship award does not cover additional costs for any re-takes of module/s.
  • The scholar will be expected to participate in current and future promotional activities and as such will be interviewed and photographed by the UEL marketing department. The scholar will also contribute from time to time to the promotion of UEL by supporting events organised for scholars and events organised by the International Office. The scholar agrees no payment will be made by the University to the scholar for their participation in promotional activities.
  • The scholar assigns to the University any intellectual property or other rights which are created as part of the promotional material.
  • Scholars will be expected to donate up to 10 hours per month of service to ISH or UEL International in some way, such as representing ISH at events.
  • Accommodation is a single occupancy room in ISH halls of residence. It will be the scholar’s responsibility to accept the room offer within the specified time frame. The award will not cover any alternative accommodation and no payment in lieu will be made where the ISH single occupancy room is not occupied. Scholars are not expected to bring family members to the UK, by nature of the eligibility criteria with regards to financial hardship.
  • The scholar will be provided with an allowance to the value of £550 per month for subsistence, for up to 12 months, to cover travel, food and other living expenses. This may be inclusive of vouchers for meals at ISH.
  • Return flights to the UK from the scholar’s country of residence will be booked by UEL. Flights for the return journey will be booked for within a month of the programme end date.

How and when to apply

  • Applicants must have obtained an offer for the MSc NGO and Development Management Programme before applying for this scholarship. Applicants must have applied to the Programme by 5pm (UK time) on Friday 7th June 2013.
  • Any applications for Programme received after 7th June 2013 will not be considered for the scholarship.
  • Applicants who hold an offer for the MSc NGO and Development Management Programme with no academic conditions can apply for the scholarship
  • In addition to submitting an online application, you are required to email a supporting testimonial/ reference from a previous employer or academic tutor demonstrating that you meet the criteria, including financial status. This should be submitted by email to [email protected] after you have submitted the online application.

Assessment Procedure

  • Applications will be assessed according to merit and financial need by a selected panel at the University of East London and International Students House. The panel may request to interview applicants over the telephone. Candidates who are selected for interview will be notified of this by telephone and email.
  • The panel will make their final selections by marking the quality of the application and interview (where applicable), the preparedness for the high quality study in the discipline area, the articulation of how the Scholarship will contribute to the applicant’s study goals, personal development and long term career gains in making a positive contribution to the development of their home country.

Notification of Scholarship Outcome

  • The successful applicant will be notified by telephone and email by 15th July 2013. They will then be sent an award letter which may be required for visa purposes. The award letter will be posted to the correspondence address on your application form. You must inform us (by emailing [email protected]) if your contact details change so that we can contact you at the correct address.
  • The scholar will receive an acceptance form with their award letter and this must be returned by email. If you do not consent to the terms and conditions of the scholarship, it will have to be withdrawn.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be informed of the final decision by email

Deadline: The deadline to submit your scholarship application and testimonial is Monday 1st July 2013. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

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