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The Global Development Institute offers an array of funding opportunities, including strategic use of our own resources.

GDI Scholarships UK/EU

The Global Development Institute is pleased to announce the availability of five scholarships for UK/EU applicants, providing full tuition fee waivers for on-campus Masters programmes commencing in September 2017.

Eligibility for the scholarships is as follows:

  1. Applicants must already hold an unconditional offer for an eligible Masters programme (please check the box below for information on scholarships available for your Master’s programme).
  2. Applicants must hold a First Class honours first 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 (except applicants from the UK and Ireland).

How to apply

  • 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 your statement to the relevant email address below by clicking on the scholarship name. Please ensure you include your ID number and name of scholarship you are applying for in the subject line.

The closing date for applications for September 2017 will be 30 June 2017, but earlier application is advisable.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application within a month of the deadline.

Scholarship details

Development Economics and Public Policy scholarship

Number of scholarships: 1

Available on the following programmes:

  • MSc Development Economics and Policy
  • MSc International Development: Public Policy and Management

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International Development scholarships

Number of scholarships: 3

Available on the following programmes:

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


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Management and Development scholarship

Number of scholarships: 1

Available on the following programmes:

  • MSc ICT for Development
  • MSc Management and Information Systems: Change and Development MSc
  • MSc Human Resources Management (International Development)

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 *You are eligible to apply for these scholarships if your offer letter confirms your tuition fee status as ‘Home/EU’, even if you do not hold a UK or EU passport.

Equity and Merit Scholarships

We are pleased to offer scholarships to outstanding professionals from Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania for two online master’s courses in our Global Development Institute.

The scholarships are available for the following courses:

Scholarships cover all tuition fees, course materials and examinations. Check the course pages above to make sure you understand what the course involves and read the course description carefully.

Online learning gives you the flexibility to combine study with work, family and other commitments. We encourage women to apply. Equity and Merit scholarship students usually complete the master’s in two and a half years.


The scholarships are aimed at academically excellent professionals with at least two years' post-graduation work experience who would not otherwise have the opportunity to study for a UK qualification. You should meet all the following criteria:

  • be a resident citizen of Tanzania, Uganda or Rwanda and have not previously studied outside Africa;
  • hold a good undergraduate degree (minimum Upper Second or equivalent) in a relevant discipline from a recognised university;
  • have a minimum of two years' relevant work experience;
  • have a clear idea how studying  for an online masters would benefit both your career and the development of your home country;
  • meet the programme’s English language requirements (check the course pages above for details).

How to apply

Applications for entry in January 2018 are open. The deadline for applications is 24 November, 1700hrs

Apply online

There is a clear separation between the process of awarding the scholarships and our admissions procedure. Scholarships are awarded entirely on merit. It is not necessary to have an academic offer of admission to apply for the scholarship. There is no advantage or disadvantage in having an academic offer. If you are selected for the scholarship you will be automatically admitted for the course of your choice.

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