IDS Graduate Scholarship in UK 2021

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is happy to offer a minimum of one IDS Graduate Scholarship to inspire high achieving scholars from the Global South to study for a master’s degree program commencing in 2021.

IDS Graduate Scholarship awards are backed by a number of generous funders comprising the Dr Purna Chander Kotagiri Fund and Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust.

These scholarship awards are obtainable to foreign students from low- or lower-middle-income nation who have accepted a full-time offer of admission on an IDS master’s degree program. Preference for one scholarship award will be afforded to female candidates from Africa or Asia. Priority for all scholarship awards will be afforded to those who have the greatest prospect to make a difference in their home nations after completing the degree program.

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) offers first-class research, learning and teaching that brings about the knowledge, action and leadership required for more equitable and sustainable growth worldwide.

They have helped nurture pioneering new partnerships that have generated millions of dollars in extra tax revenues in Africa that can be reinvested in nations’ national growth. They have worked to offer solutions to environmental issues that build on domestic people’s knowledge and practices. They have emphasized the role of local communities in bringing an end to terrible epidemics like the Ebola virus. They have fostered hundreds of excellent development leaders and champions comprising political leaders, nation Ambassadors and government representatives, civil society leaders and entrepreneurs.

Worth of IDS Graduate Scholarship

The IDS Graduate Scholarship award is up to £18,500 for fees and up to £11,000 for essential living expenses.

Eligibility for IDS Graduate Scholarship

The scholarship award is only available to candidates who are citizens of and currently living in a low or lower-middle income nation. For information on that, please refer to the World Bank’s country list.

To be considered eligible, candidates:

  • Should have obtained and accepted an offer of admission on a full-time taught IDS master’s degree program (see list of IDS masters courses)
  • Should possess proven academic skills and have a career with a track record of excellence and accomplishment in the field of growth
  • Should be able to prove, through your past experience and future plans, that you are devoted to working for growth – be it educational, economic, social or cultural – in your home nation
  • Should not have schooled nor worked in a high-income (developed) nation
  • Should meet all of the IDS and the University of Sussex’s general entrance criteria.
  • Should have obtained an unconditional offer of admission on an eligible Masters by 30 April 2021 (it is possible to put in for the scholarship award prior to receiving an offer of a place).

How to Apply for IDS Graduate Scholarship

To be given consideration for the IDS Graduate Scholarship award, you should have accepted an offer of admission on an eligible IDS master’s degree program. Applications for the scholarship award must be submitted through their online IDS Scholarship Application Form.

In fair-mindedness to other candidates, they are not able to consider applications from applicants who have not prior to now secured adequate funds to meet the remaining tuition and living costs at the period of application (after taking into account of the possible award of this Scholarship award) and you have to provide proof of how you will fund your costs.

Your application will be assessed and successful applicants may be asked for an interview (by phone or Skype). Once a scholarship award has been approved, the applicant will be informed in writing in June 2021.

Please note that applicants are advised not to make irreversible plans to travel to the UK until they have obtained a formal offer letter for the scholarship awards.

Application Deadline

The closing date to submit your scholarship award application is 30 April 2021 and you need to have accepted an unconditional offer of admission on an IDS master’s degree program by 30 April 2021.

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