Fully funded 2017/2018 The David and Elaine Potter Scholarships for Africans, University of Cambridge UK

cambridgeApplication Deadline:Submit applications on or before 7th December, 2016

Eligible Countries: Only candidates from African countries

Scholarship country: Scholarship will take place UK

Eligible Fields of Study: MPhil in International Relations & Politics, PhD in any field of governance or human rights.

Scholarship Info: The David and Elaine Potter Foundation is a reputable charitable family foundation set up in 1999 to build a stronger, fairer civil society.

It supports the ideals of a rational and humane world, and seeks to achieve an impact through grants that promote reason, education, and human rights, in the hope of improving mutual understanding, reinforcing good governance, and encouraging the growth and maintenance of a robust civil society, particularly in less developed countries.

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation has been involved with the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) since a £2 million benefaction in 2008 led to the establishment of the David and Elaine Potter Lectureship in Governance and Human Rights. The Foundation and the University agreed that the Lecturer should focus particularly on Africa and serve as the Director of a new interdisciplinary Centre.

Since 2015-16 the Foundation has also co-funded, with the Cambridge Trust, scholarships for three African students in POLIS. The funds support one PhD student whose research is focused on governance and human rights, and two students taking the MPhil in International Relations and Politics.

Scholarship Type: Masters and PhD


significant academic achievement and potential

financial need (although some scholarship programmes are based on academic merit alone)

Number of Awardees: 3. one PhD, two MPhil students

Value of Scholarship:

Your university tuition fee will be entirely taken care of

You will also be provided with an annual stipend (sufficient for a single person)

Lastly, you will receive contribution towards travel expenses

Duration of Scholarship:Scholarships will last up and until the duration of your course

How to Apply: Note that no separate application will be required for this scholarship. Any who applies will be required to complete the funding section of the graduate application form via the Applicant Portal when they are applying for their studies.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

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