The world’s poorest countries face many developmental challenges, from power shortages to insufficient health services. Their brightest young minds have the aptitude and the will to make a difference. However, these graduates face many barriers in gaining the skills and knowledge required to transform their societies. The Equity and Merit Scholarships at University of Manchester aims to assist talented but economically disadvantaged students from some of the world’s poorest countries.
The progrgram support academically excellent young professionals from Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania to undertake postgraduate Master’s degrees that fill skills gap in their countries. Over the last ten years students have taken a wide range of courses, either as a campus-based postgraduate student or through online master’s programmes.
- Host Institution: University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
- Eligible programs: Scholarships are available for specific courses in engineering, environment, health sciences, development, education, textiles and law. Please visit the official page for more details.
- Number of awards: 30 scholarships (20 for full-time study and 10 for online study).
- Duration: from 1 to 5 years depending on the chosen program .
- Target group: Available to students from Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Equity and Merit Scholarships Benefits
The programme offers two types of Scholarship: Full-time, on-campus master’s (one year duration) and online distance learning master’s (three to five years’ duration). The scholarships cover full tuition fees, and for students who will be studying in Manchester, the award includes return international air fares, living expenses and visas.
Equity and Merit Scholarships Eligibility
Scholarships are aimed at talented applicants, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds. You must:
- have two years work experience not including volunteering and unpaid internships;
- hold a Bachelor’s degree with an overall grade of excellent, or preferably a master’s degree. The awards are for academically outstanding students and typically this means that you are in the top 10% of your class;
- be a resident citizen of Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania and have not previously studied outside Africa (training of six months or less does not count);
- be committed to returning home and able to demonstrate the potential to make a positive impact on the future the home country;
- have a clear idea of how studying in Manchester will benefit both your career and the wider community.
- An IELTS certificate is not required at the time of application. If you are shortlisted for the scholarship, you will be asked to take the IELTS test. English language requirements vary by course, but in most cases you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no sub-test less than 5.5) or TOEFL 570 (90 IBT) to go through to the final selection round.
- Brazilian Government Scholarship Programme for Developing Countries;
- Government of the Czech Republic Scholarships (Master – PhD);
- Hakuho Japanese Research Fellowship;
- Emile-Boutmy Scholarship at Sciences Po for international students;
- Université de Montréal International Student Scholarship;
- Special Scholarship Program at Kochi University of Technology;
- KAUST Scholarship 2020 for Master and PhD Students.
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