Mo Ibrahim Foundation GDAI PhD Scholarships 2020/2021 at the University of London

Mo Ibrahim Foundation GDAI PhD Scholarships 2020/2021 at the University of London

Deadline: March 31, 2021

Applications are open for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation GDAI PhD Scholarships 2020/2021 at the University of London. The Centre of African Studies offers 2 PhD scholarships to African nationals as part of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Applications are invited for PhD studentships focused on the area of state capacities, governance and bureaucracy for development. This may include projects designed to understand public sector governance capabilities, political settlements, state business relations, the governance of state owned enterprises, the governance of development policy design and implementation, and so on. But applications must focus on the public sector/state/civil service, on governance, and on development. 


  • Open to African nationals;
  • Applicants must first secure an unconditional offer for the PhD by applying directly to the SOAS Doctoral School;
  • The eligible PhD are only those within the following departments:
    • Development Studies
    • Law
    • Economics
    • International Relations/Politics
    • CISD (Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy)
    • DEFIMS (Department for Financial and Management Studies )
    • Distance Learning: CEFIMS(Centre for Financial and Management Studies), DEFIMS

Assessment Criteria

Once the place is secured, the applicants can apply for the scholarship. Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by a panel consisting of SOAS academic members. The assessment of your application will be based on the information in your scholarship application.


NOTE: By March 31, you must have an Unconditional offer for PhD in order to be considered for funding. Note that it takes 8 weeks to receive an offer of admission for PhD, therefore to apply for the PhD at least or before January 2021.

Applicants would need to provide the following documents:

  • A copy of the unconditional offer received from SOAS admissions office
  • CV (please include your email address)
  • 2 pages max statement outlining knowledge and interest in governance-related issues
  • Your research proposal (as sent to the SOAS Admissions Office)
  • One academic reference (to be sent directly by referee to [email protected])

Please note that CAS reserves the right not to award scholarships and will only award them where there are applicants judged to meet sufficiently high academic standards and with demonstrable interests in fields relevant to the objectives of the GDAI.

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For more information, visit GDAI PhD Scholarships.