September 21, 2019

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDAI) 2020 PhD Scholarships in the UK

The Center of African Studies offers 2 PhD scholarships to African nationals as a major aspect of the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative subsidized by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

Applications are welcomed for PhD studentships concentrated on the zone of state limits, administration and organization for improvement. This may incorporate ventures intended to comprehend open part administration capacities, political settlements, state business relations, the administration of state possessed endeavors, the administration of improvement arrangement plan and usage, etc. In any case, applications must concentrate on the open part/state/common administration, on administration, and on improvement.

In order to be considered for funding, 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:

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. Please 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

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.


Angelica Baschiera
Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance for Development in Africa Initiative


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the GDAI 2020 PhD Scholarships

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