Ph.D. Scholarship for Africans at University of London

Type: Master’s Degree

Who: Arab students from African Countries

What: Tuition fees, Allowance, and visa expenses

When: 2021-2022

Where: SOAS University of London

Program Length: 1 year

Deadline to Apply: 31 March 2023

Citizenship: Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia

Destination Countries: UK

Academic Subject(s): Development Practice, Law and Government


The Centre of African Studies at SOAS, University of London, offers one Ph.D. scholarship annually to African nationals as part of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative, funded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Candidates’ research subjects should focus 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. 

In order to be considered for funding, applicants must first secure an unconditional offer for the Ph.D. by applying directly to the SOAS Doctoral School.

Deadline31 March 2023 to apply for the scholarship. 

Note that it takes eight weeks to receive an offer of admission for the Ph.D.; therefore, you must apply for the Ph.D. before 31 January 2023.


Applicants must be domiciled in, or permanent residents of, an African country. Arab eligible countries include Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan and Tunisia.

The eligible Ph.D. programs are only those within the following departments:

Development Studies



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

Requested Documents: 

– A copy of the unconditional offer received from SOAS admissions office

– CV (please include your email address)

– A statement (two pages maximum) 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])

How to Apply: 

See the GDAI — Ph.D. Scholarship web page for information on how to apply.

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