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Global Development Institute

Global Development Institute (GDI) Merit Awards

The Global Development Institute (GDI) Merit Awards are scholarships for academically excellent professionals studying a GDI campus-based master’s course. Applications are now closed for 2018 entry.

For 2018 entry, the scholarship will cover tuition fees, living expenses, flights to the UK, and visas.


For 2018 entry, applicants were required to:

  • be a resident citizen of Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania or Zambia, and have not previously studied outside Africa.
  • hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum classification of second class honours upper division (2:1) or its international equivalent.
  • have at least three years of relevant post-graduation work experience (this does not include unpaid internships or voluntary work).
  • have a clear idea of how studying in Manchester will benefit both your career and the wider community.

Applicants were also required to hold one of the following English tests:

  • an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS, with 6.5 in writing and no other subsections below 6.0
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), with a C in English
  • Tanzanian National Examination, with a C in English
  • General Certificate of Education (issued by the Examinations Council of Zambia), with a 6 in English.

How to apply

Applications for 2018 entry closed on Friday 27 April 2018.

Successful applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by the end of May 2018. Shortlisted candidates may be required to attend a Skype interview.


Additional information

For 2018 entry, six scholarships are available across our GDI courses.

One scholarship is allocated to each of the four subject areas below, with the remaining two scholarships decided by the selection committee. Those selected for the scholarship are automatically admitted for the course of their choice. 

Development Economics and Public Policy

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

Development Informatics

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

Management and Development

  • MSc Human Resources Management (International Development)
  • MSc Management and Implementation of Development Projects
  • MSc Organisational Change and Management

Social Development

  • MSc International Development
  • MSc International Development: Development Management
  • MSc International Development: Environment, Climate Change and Development
  • MSc International Development: Globalisation, Trade and Industry
  • MSc International Development: Politics, Governance and Development Policy
  • MSc International Development: Poverty, Conflict and Reconstruction
  • MSc International Development: Poverty, Inequality and Development