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GDI Scholarships for International Students at University of Manchester in UK

Six GDI opportunities are available for nationals of DAC-listed least developed countries at the University of Manchester. Scholarships aim is to create and share knowledge to inform and influence policymakers, organizations and corporations, so that they can make positive changes for people living in poverty.

The Global Development Institute will build on the University of Manchester‡s world-leading reputation for Development Studies research, which has seen us ranked 1st for impact and 2nd for quality in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014, and third in the QS World University Rankings.

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Course Level: The studentships are offered for pursuing masters programs.

Study Subject: The studentships are provided within the School of Environment, Education, and Development.

  • Development Economics and Public Policy scholarships-MSc Development Economics and Policy and MSc International Development: Public Policy and Management
  • International Development scholarships -MSc International Development, including the following pathways: Development Management; Environment, Climate Change, and Development; Globalisation, Trade, and Industry; Politics, Governance and Development Policy; Poverty, Inequality and Development; Poverty, Conflict, and Reconstruction
  • Human Resource Development scholarship-MSc Human Resources Development (International Development)
  • Development Informatics scholarship-MSc ICT for Development and MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development
  • Management and Development scholarships-MSc Management and Implementation of Development Projects and MSc Organisational Change and Development

Award: The scholarship covers the tuition fees, living expenses, flights to the UK and visas. for on-campus masters programs.


  • In order to apply for a scholarship, the student must follow the given criteria:
  • Applicants must already hold an unconditional offer for an eligible Masters program
  • Applicants must be a national of and resident in a DAC-listed least developed, other low-income or lower-middle-income country.
  • Applicants for international awards must not have previously studied in an OECD country.
  • Applicants must hold a first-class honours Bachelor‡s degree or equivalent, and an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS (or similar exam), with 6.5 in writing and no other subsections below 6.0.

Nationality: Nationals of DAC-listed least developed, other low-income or lower-middle-income country can apply.

List of Countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, United Republic of Zambia

College Admission Requirement: Applying for a taught master’s course at SEED is a structured, competitive process.  In order for your application to be considered, the student needs to provide with the following information:

  • completed application form
  • A personal statement – visit the Careers Service website for guidance on how to complete your personal statement
  • A minimum of one reference – preferably academic
  • A copy of your degree certificate for completed Bachelor degree(s)
  • Copies of other relevant certification, including Postgraduate degree(s)

English Language Requirement: Applicants must hold an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS (or similar exam), with 6.5 in writing and no other subsections below 6.0.

Supporting Material: Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Applicants should email a 500-word statement detailing how they will apply their learning to develop a credible career track into development leadership.
  • Please send a statement to the relevant email address below by clicking on the scholarship name. Please ensure you include your ID number and name of the scholarship you are applying for in the subject line.

The award can be taken at the UK

How to Apply: Students can begin completing their online application by visiting the University’s taught master’s page.

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Application Deadline: Closed

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