Scholarships Merit-based
The University of Edinburgh

The Catto Combined MSc and PhD Scholarships

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15840 GBP
United Kingdom
30 Apr 2024
Application deadline


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The University of Edinburgh awards scholarships, bursaries, tuition fee reductions and discounts that help you cover existing tuition and living costs. 


Scholarship type

Merit based

Number of scholarships to award



Full tuition fees+annual stipend of £15,840

Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction
  • travel expenses
  • application
  • other


The Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh is pleased to announce the availability of one (1) full scholarship for suitable female applicants from Africa to study for an MSc in Africa and International Development and subsequent PhD in African Studies or, where more suitable, go directly into a PhD.

Applicable programmes


The funding covers four years of support in either case. 

It will cover full fees as well as an annual stipend of £15,840 during the one-year MSc and in the subsequent three years of PhD study or throughout four years of PhD study.

Upfront support of £4,000 will also be provided to help cover UK visa application costs, travel costs to Edinburgh and any other costs incurred by the awardee before arriving in Edinburgh.


  • Be a female who is normally domiciled in an African country listed here.
  • Have received an excellent undergraduate degree (minimum of a high 2.1) in the social sciences from an accredited university in Africa (a Masters degree achieved with distinction will be an advantage for those wishing to go directly into a PhD).
  • Not have previously received a degree from a university outside Africa (with the exception of current or former students of The University of Edinburgh)
  • Demonstrate commitment to studying for a PhD in African Studies
  • Demonstrate leadership potential (broadly defined), and intention to maximize the impact of their research.
  • Have submitted an application to study for the MSc in Africa and International Development and/or the PhD in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh

Scholarship requirements




United Kingdom


South African

Study experience required





Application deadline

30 Apr 2024

If you are interested and meet all the above, please send:

A summary of your research proposal (maximum 2 pages)

A cover letter indicating your motivations and future plans (maximum 1 page)

An academic CV, clearly showing class of degree and previous educational achievements (maximum 2 pages)

1 letter of reference from an academic familiar with your work


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