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Makerere University International Fully-Funded PhD Scholarships in Uganda

Do you want to pursue your higher education in Uganda? If so, then you can apply for the Fully-funded PhD Scholarships at Makerere University.

There are two awards available for African applicants commencing Certifications of Citizenship in Africa (CERTIZENS) Research Programme for the session 2020/21.

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Great opportunity for African candidates to study a PhD degree programme in Uganda

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Makerere University is Uganda’s largest and oldest institution of higher learning that provides post-secondary education certificate courses. It has collaborated in research, teaching and student/staff exchange for over three decades.

Why study at Makerere University?  At this university, students will get many great opportunities for employability at anywhere in the World. Here they can get the chance to achieve their aspirations and to become leaders in their chosen fields.

Application Deadline: September 4, 2020

Brief Description

  • University: Makerere University
  • Department: Department of Development Studies
  • Course Level: PhD
  • Awards: Fully-funded
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: 2
  • Nationality: International
  • The award can be taken in Uganda


  • Eligible Countries: African country
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: Certifications of Citizenship in Africa (CERTIZENS) Research Programme
  • Admissible Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following criteria:
  • They must hold a relevant Masters degree from a recognized university, completed not more than ten years prior to this application
  • Show proof of fluency in English
  • Proof of availability to undertake a full-time PhD for four years as from 1 January 2021
  • Candidates must be under the age of 40 years by 31 December 2020.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: In order to apply for this position, candidates are required to take admission to a PhD degree at the university. They can apply through the online application form for this grant.
  • Supporting Documents: A brief motivation letter, a research proposal of a maximum of four pages, a recently updated CV, and letters from two academic referees
  • Admission Requirements: Applicants should be able to demonstrate education and independent research experience within a relevant academic discipline such as African studies, anthropology, development studies, history, human geography, politics.
  • Language Requirement: The applicant should have excellent oral and written communication skills in English, as well as strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.


The programme is fully-funded by the Danish Development Research Council and is tenable at Makerere University. The scholarship will cover all costs of the PhD programme, including tuition and other university fees, living expenses, medical insurance, research and travel for fieldwork and conferences.

The maximum value of the scholarship, commencing 1 January 2021 is approximately UGX 40,150,00 or USD 11,000 per year. Each fellow will receive a laptop computer.

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