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Centre of African Studies GDAI-PhD Positionsfor African Students in UK, 2021

Hurry Up!! You have a chance to apply for this GDAI – Ph.D. Scholarships that is administered by the University of London’s Centre of African Studies.

The grant is designed for African nationals to undertake PhD research programme. The research program is focused on the area of state capacities, governance, and bureaucracy for development.



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The GDAI-PhD opportunities are providing the fund for African Students to undertake a PhD research programme
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The Centre of African Studies & SOAS in partnership with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation run this initiative with the aim of building skills, developing talent, and enabling Africans to improve the quality of governance in their countries.

SOAS, University of London is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specializing in the study of Asia, Africa, and the near and Middle East. SOAS is a remarkable institution.

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: SOAS, University of London
  • Department: 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
  • Course Level: Ph.D.
  • Award: £16.000 per year for three year
  • Access Mode: Online (Electronically)
  • Number of Awards: 2 Scholarships
  • Nationality: African and Sub Saharan Africa Students
  • The award can be taken in the UK
  • Application Deadline: March 31, 2021
  • Language: English


  • Eligible Countries: Applicants from Africa (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe) can apply for this Mo Ibrahim foundation grant. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Eligible Course or Subjects: award is awarded in the field of Governance for Development in Africa.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub-Saharan Africa. Eligible Programmes: PhD Programme (full-time) research undertaken by scholarship applicants must directly address or be applicable to the issue of Governance in Africa.

How to Apply

  • How to apply: To apply for the opportunity program applicants must submit complete applications, references form to Ms Angelica Baschiera via email [email protected]
  • Supporting Documents: You must submit the following documents: complete application form, a copy of the unconditional offer received from SOAS admissions office, CV (please include your email address), 2 pages max statement outlining knowledge and interest in governance-related issues, Your research proposal (as sent to the SOAS Admissions Office).
  • Admission Requirements: In order to be considered for the opportunity , firstly applicants secure an unconditional offer for the PhD by applying directly to the SOAS Doctoral School.
  • Language Requirement: Applicants must meet the English language condition of their offer of admission to study at SOAS as soon as possible but no later than 1 June 2016. If their offer is conditional on English, they have to arrange their English test and ensure they meet the English requirements as soon as possible.


Successful applicants will receive fees for three years and an annual bursary of £16.000 per year. The scholarship also covers visa costs, HIS and TB (if undertaken), provided receipts are submitted to the Centre of African Studies office.

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