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Governance for Development in Africa Scholarship at SOAS University of London

Participating University

Tuition Fees

SOAS University of London

Post-Graduate Degree


31 March 2024


United Kingdom


Scholarship Description

The Centre of African Studies offers one PhD scholarship 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.


  • 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: Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CEFIMS), DEFIMS

  • 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.

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