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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school



There are numerous funding opportunities for the MSc in African Studies. 

The University has a comprehensive Postgraduate Funding Portal with information on International Scholarship opportunities and a Scholarship Search engine

The School of Social and Political Science postgraduate funding website also offers a self-assessment tool for applicants.

The British Council guide provides a useful starting point for overseas students searching for funding. 

The Centre of African Studies has a £10 000 bursary on offer for African women applicants. It has an additional £4 276 bursary that is open to all applicants.

Early deadlines!

  • November - The Chevening Scholarship Scheme, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, provides funding for international students to pursue 12-month master's degrees at UK universities.
  • The Beit Trust provides funding for postgraduate students who are domiciled in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe to undertake postgraduate study in the UK.

University of Edinburgh scholarship schemes

  • The Canon Collins Trust sponsors MSc scholarships for students from Southern Africa. Apply today

  • University of Edinburgh offers one DfID Shared Scholarship for citizens of African Commonwealth countries. Applicants should also apply for the open Commonwealth scholarship competition. These scholarships cover full-time tuition fees, subsistence, and travel to study for the MSc in African Studies.

  • The Julius Nyerere Scholarship fully funds a Tanzanian citizen for a full-time postgraduate Master's programme at the University of Edinburgh. Applicants must first be accepted to the MSc programme and those who already hold a degree from outside Tanzania are not eligible.

  • University of Edinburgh alumni receive a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees. The Graduate Discount scheme applies to both home and overseas students. 

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