Funded 2018/2019 Mo Ibrahim Foundation University of London PhD Scholarships

The Centre of African Studies, School of African Studies(SOAS) University of London is currently offering 2 PhDs to African nationals as part of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Application Deadline:Submit applications on or before  31st March 2018.

Eligible Countries: Scholarships are for African countries

Scholarship country: Scholarships will take place at University of London, UK

Fields of Study: Note that eligible PhD’s are only those within the following departments:

  • Development Studies
  • Law
  • Economics
  • International Relations/Politics
  • CISD (Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy)
  • DEFIMS (Department for Financial and Management Studies )
  • Distance Learning: CEFIMS(Centre for Financial and Management Studies), DEFIMS

Award Info: The Centre of African Studies at SOAS, University of London, is pleased to offer scholarships of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative, funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, for another three years, until 2021. The project’s focus remains the same in terms of working out and designing a dedicated environment to support the study of the socio-economic, political, and legal links between governance and development.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has generously provided SOAS with two PhD scholarships every year for African students undertaking a full‐time PhD and Masters programme in the field of Governance for Development in Africa.

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Scholarship Type: Only PhD taught programs.


  • All applicants must be domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country.
  • Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub‐Saharan Africa.

Selection Criteria: Note that all applicants will be assessed on academic merit by a panel consisting of SOAS academic members. The assessment of an application will be based on the information in your scholarship application.

Number of Scholarships: 2 scholarships will be available.

Value of Scholarship:

  • PhD: The scholarship is on a part‐present form and it provides for fees for three years. However, accommodation and living cost are covered for the first year only. The scholarship will also cover in total 2 return flights : one during the first year, and one for the viva (plus one week’s accommodation around the viva). In year 2 and year 3, the successful candidate will also receive an annual stipend of £5,000. We also cover visa cost, provided receipts are submitted to the Centre of African Studies office. We expect students to be on fieldwork during the second year, and to write the thesis in the third year in their country of origin.

Duration of Scholarship: Each scholarship will last for 3 years

How to Apply: To be considered for funding, applicants should first secure an UNCONDITIONAL OFFER for the PhD by applying directly to the SOAS Doctoral School.

The guidance notes and the reference form can be downloaded on the right hand side of the Program Webpage (See Link below).

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