Master's funding opportunities

Explore our funding opportunities to help with your postgraduate studies at the Global Development Institute.

Global Development Institute Master’s Bursary

We have ten awards of £10,000 each available, issued as a reduction in your tuition fees. 

All self-sponsored international applicants who hold an offer of a place to study on one of our Global Development Institute master’s courses AND are a national of or permanently domiciled in one of the following countries are eligible:


Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Egpyt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Zimbabwe

There is no bursary application process; if you are eligible, you will be automatically considered.

Decisions are made on your potential to contribute and enrich all aspects of the master's programme and the diverse academic and cultural profile of the master's class.

Other awards

Manchester Humanities International Excellence Scholarship

As a GDI applicant, you are also eligible to apply for the Manchester Humanities International Excellence Scholarship.  

Applicants from Cyprus, Italy, Greece, Germany, Portugal, France, India, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, USA, Canada and Nigeria who meet the academic criteria for the programmes will be granted a 20% scholarship in the form of a tuition fee discount.  

Please visit our dedicated Manchester Humanities International Excellence Scholarship webpage for further information, including a list of all eligible courses. 

Equity and Merit Scholarships

Equity and Merit Scholarships are for academically excellent students who have the potential to make a significant contribution to sustainable development in their home countries and are intended for those who cannot afford to study in Manchester without a scholarship. 

The scholarships cover full tuition fees, and for students who will be studying in Manchester, the award includes return international airfares, living expenses, and visas. There are 39 scholarships available, 29 for full-time study and ten for online study, available for a range of courses across the GDI.  

For further information on eligibility criteria, please visit our dedicated Equity and Merit scholarships webpage.