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University of Edinburgh – Catto Scholarships 2021/2022 (MSc & PhD) for African Students

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Application Deadline: 30th March 2021

About the Award: Accepted applicants will start their studies in fall of 2021 (September 2021). These scholarships will cover full fees as well as a monthly maintenance stipend throughout the one-year MSc and subsequent three years of PhD study, The scholarships are financed by Stephen Gordon Catto Charitable Trust.

The scholarships have been designed as a combined package in order to enable applicants without a sound knowledge in research to opt-in for the MSc before proceeding with the PhD program. The MSc year helps build a bridge between undergraduate studies and the PhD. We hope the combined package of support encourages some who may not have thought a PhD was in reach to re-consider. A key goal of the scholarships is to diversify the scholars from the African continent who contribute original and important research to African Studies.

Eligible Field(s): MSc in Africa and International Development and a subsequent PhD in African Studies

Type: Masters and PhD

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, applicants must: 

  1. have received an excellent undergraduate degree (minimum of a high 2.1) in the social sciences from an accredited university in Africa (a Masters degree achieved with distinction will be an advantage).
  2. not have previously received a degree from a university outside Africa
  3. be a citizen of, and be normally domiciled in, an African country
  4. demonstrate commitment to studying for a PhD in African Studies
  5. demonstrate leadership potential and intention to maximize the impact of their research.
  6. have received an offer to study for the MSc in Africa and International Development and/or the PhD in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Preference will be given to those studying conflict resolution, elections, technology, peacebuilding and/or governance in African contexts, although the selection panel may consider other areas in the field of politics and international development.

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be Taken at: The Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh

Number of Awards: 2

How to Apply: If you are interested and meet all of the above, please send:

1. A summary of your research proposal (maximum 2 pages)

2. A cover letter indicating your motivations, leadership experience and future plans (maximum 1 page)

3. An academic CV, clearly showing the class of degree and previous educational achievements (maximum 2 pages)

4. 1 letter of reference

NOTE: Applications must be submitted in a single pdf document on or before 12: Noon GMT on March 30th, 2021 to [email protected]. All applications must use the subject line CATTO SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Value of Award: Successful applicants will start their studies in September 2021. These Scholarships were made possible through generous funding from the Stephen Gordon Catto Charitable Trust and will cover full fees as well as a monthly maintenance stipend throughout the one-year MSc and subsequent three years of PhD study.


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  1. Nwafor Happiness Amarachi says:

    Good morning, how can i be a part of this great opportunity.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Am interesting

  3. Edidiong Sunday Etuk says:

    What are the requirement

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