MSc in International Development (with Mo Ibrahim Foundation Internship)
  • Fully Funded

The International Development Department, University of Birmingham, is pleased to offer one scholarship for MSc in International Development (with Mo Ibrahim Foundation Internship), for the academic year starting in September 2021.

The scholarship is provided by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and is for a two-year programme, with the successful candidate undertaking the full one-year MSc programme, as well as an integrated one-year internship. The internship enables the successful candidate to spend six months with IDD working on research with academics and the GSDRC and then six months with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in London working alongside the team on a variety of the Foundation’s initiatives that aim to “put governance at the centre of Africa’s development”. This includes participating in the Now Generation Forum, a new forum for African emerging leaders and young professionals as part of the Ibrahim Forum and the Ibrahim Governance Weekend.

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This MSc makes a direct link between academic and practical policy approaches to development, rooted in theory and in evidence. IDD’s cutting edge research on governance, leadership, democracy, thinking and working politically and much more informs their teaching, and students are exposed to innovations and rigour, complexity and debate, bridging theory and practice.


The scholarship includes:

  • Full tuition fee
  • Air fare to and from the United Kingdom and visa
  • Monthly stipend of £950 for 18 months
  • Arrival allowance of £950

The remaining six months for the internship will be funded directly to the successful candidate by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.


The entry requirements consist of:

  • A first class Honours degree or equivalent from an approved university is essential.
  • Applicants must be under 30 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Good written and spoken English. For those whose first language is not English, evidence of this capacity is required. Applicants should reach at least level 6.5 in the IELTS or 580 /93 for TOEFL. Please check the University website for more information on English language requirements.
  • Applicants must be African nationals domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Eligible Regions: Africa

Application Process

  • Applications must be received through the University online application system
  • In addition to the usual documents to be submitted, you must also upload a 500-word statement and CV.
  • This statement should set out why you are the best candidate for the scholarship.
  • You must then send your application ID number to Debra Beard.
  • Please include ‘Mo Ibrahim Scholarship’ in the subject line of the email.
  • Please do not include any supporting documents in this email.

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Application Deadline: June 25, 2021

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