Standard Bank Derek Cooper Postgraduate Scholarships 2016/17 (Full-funding)

Standard Bank Derek Cooper Postgraduate Scholarships 2016/17 (Full-funding)

Deadline: May 27, 2016

Madgdalene College, Cambridge is offering three Standard Bank Derek Cooper Scholarships  to African students commencing an MPhil programme. This scholarship is aimed at enhancing the skills of oustanding African students to enable them to contribute to the future growth of their countries. The successful candidates will have gained a First class or High Second class BA honours degree or equivalent by 1 October 2016. 


  • The scholarships aim to support African graduate students of outstanding academic merit and leadership potential, ordinarily resident in Angola, Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Preference will be given to students ordinarily resident in Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria and South Africa who have been accepted to undertake MPhils in Economics, Education, Engineering for Sustainable Development, Finance and Management.
  • Applicants to the MBA and MFin are not eligible.
  • Award holders will be expected to return to their countries to work or study after completing their course at Cambridge.

Scholarship Award

The scholarships are full awards that cover:

  • University Composition Fee at the overseas rate
  • Full maintenance grant for a single person
  • £2,500 travel and settling in allowance 

How to Apply

Those wishing to be considered for a Standard Bank Derek Cooper Scholarship must apply to the Board of Graduate Studies, 4 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RZ, for admission to the University as a Graduate Student using the GRADSAF application form external link  which is obtainable online or in hard copy from the Board. Candidates should submit their GRADSAF application forms to the Board not later than 2 December 2015.

  • All candidates must also complete a Standard Bank Derek Cooper Scholarship application form which can be downloaded here or obtained from Ms C. Percival, the Graduate Tutor’s Assistant, Tutorial Office, Magdalene College, Cambridge CB3 0AG. Applications can be submitted in electronic form or in hard copy (6 copies) to the Graduate Tutor’s Assistant ([email protected]) by 27 May 2016.
  • References must be received electronically or in hard copy by the closing date and applicants should ensure that their nominated referees keep to the application deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not normally be accepted.

Preference will be given to those nominating Magdalene as their first-choice College. The outcome of the competition should be known by 29 July 2016.

For more information, visit Standard Bank Derek Cooper Scholarships.