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Equity and Merit Scholarships for International Master’s Students 2020/2021

Manchester University is calling for Equity and Merit Scholarships for students from Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania for their Master’s program.

Our societal impact has been ranked third in the world by Times Higher Education, using the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as a framework.

The SDGs are our world’s call to action and our Equity and Merit Scholarships aim to empower young professionals in the Global South to address these global goals.

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.

The awards are intended for those who couldn’t afford to study in Manchester without a scholarship.

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and all applications are considered on their merit. We particularly encourage women to apply.

We offer two types of scholarship:

  •     Full-time, on-campus master’s (one year duration)
  •     Part-time distance learning master’s (three to five years’ duration)

There are 29 scholarships (19 for full-time study and 10 for online study) for selected courses available to students from Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania.

The scholarships cover full tuition fees, and for students who will be studying in Manchester, the award includes return international air fares, living expenses and visas.

Eligibility Manchester University’s Equity and Merit Scholarships

Our master’s scholarships are aimed at talented applicants, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds. To apply for a scholarship, you must:

  • have two years work experience not including volunteering and unpaid internships;
  • hold a bachelor’s degree with an overall grade of excellent, or preferably a master’s degree. The awards are for academically outstanding students and typically this means that you are in the top 10% of your class;
  • be a resident citizen of Ethiopia and have not previously studied outside Africa (training of six months or less does not count);
  • be committed to returning home and able to demonstrate the potential to make a positive impact on the future of Ethiopia;
  • have a clear idea of how studying in Manchester will benefit both your career and the wider community.

English language requirements

An IELTS certificate is not required at the time of application. If you are shortlisted for the scholarship, you will be asked to take the IELTS test. English language requirements vary by course, but in most cases you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no sub-test less than 5.5) or TOEFL 570 (90 IBT) to go through to the final selection round.

How to apply Manchester University’s Equity and Merit Scholarships

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To apply you will need:

  • Degree certificates and transcripts, showing subjects taken and grades achieved. (Temporary copies or certificates of graduation will suffice for this application)
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if you already have it), you will need one of the following as a minimum: IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in writing) or TOEFL: score of 90 (with no sub-test below 22)
  • An English Language certificate is not required at the time of application. If you are shortlisted for the scholarship, you will be asked to take the IELTS or TOEFL test.
  • Two up to date signed references. References must be on letter headed paper and addressed to ‘Equity and Merit Scholarships at The University of Manchester’. They do not need to be sent confidentially and there is no fixed format.

Note that 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 to the course of your choice.

Applications for September 2020 entry will close on 31 August 2019. Please note we do not accept applications via email.

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Bolarinwa Olajire

A lecturer, Educationist, PhD student at FUNAAB, and a Blogger.

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