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Centre of African Studies GDAI-PhD Scholarship for African Students in UK, 2022

Hurry Up!! You have a chance to apply for this GDAI – PhD Scholarship offered by the University of London’s Centre of African Studies. The applications are open for the academic session 2022/2023.

The scholarship 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 scholarships 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 runs 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.

Application Deadline: The applications are open for the academic year 2022/2023.

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.
  • Awards: Educational Fund
  • Access Mode: Online (Electronically)
  • Numbers of Award: 1
  • Nationality: African and Sub Saharan Africa Students
  • Scholarship can be taken in the UK
  • 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 scholarship. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Eligible Course or Subjects: Scholarship 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 scholarship program applicants must submit complete scholarship applications, references form to Ms Angelica Baschiera via email [email protected]
  • Supporting Documents: You must submit the following documents:
  • A copy of the unconditional offer received from the 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)
  • One academic reference (to be sent directly by the referee to [email protected])
  • Admission Requirements: In order to be considered for the scholarship, 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.


The scholarship winner will receive an educational fund to the successful candidates.

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