The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship In The UK (Fully Funded)

In 2006, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation was created. Mo Ibrahim is a Sudanese businessman and philanthropist who founded the telecoms company Celtel International in 1998. Ibrahim is the chairman of the board. Lord Simon Cairns, Nathalie Delapalme, Hadeel Ibrahim, Abdoulie Janneh, Sir Ketumile Masire, Jay Naidoo, Mary Robinson, and Salim Ahmed Salim are among the other board members. The secretariat of the Foundation is based in London.

The objective of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) is an African foundation that was founded in 2006 with a single goal in mind: to emphasize the essential relevance of African governance and leadership.

Governance and leadership, they believe, are at the heart of any tangible and shared improvement in African individuals’ quality of life.

The Foundation does not make grants and does not raise funds. Through four key initiatives, it works on defining, measuring, and improving governance and leadership in Africa: These are;

  • Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG)
  • Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership
  • Ibrahim Governance Weekend
  • Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships.

The Ibrahim Scholarships support aspiring African leaders at a number of distinguished academic institutions. The scholarships develop the talent of outstanding young Africans in selected disciplines.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship Details

Scholarship Type: Full Funding

Host Institution(s)

London Business School, SOAS University of London, University of Birmingham, Chatham House- The Royal Institute of International Affairs

London Business School

The MIF scholarship for Africa supports outstanding students in a full-time MBA program. Each year one scholarship, providing full payment of fees, is awarded to an exceptional African candidate with financial need.

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

A scholarship is offered on the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative, a program that studies the socio-economic, political, and legal links between governance and development. One Ph.D. opportunity per year is offered.

University of Birmingham

One MSc in Governance and State-Building per year is offered. This two-year program includes a six-month internship at the Foundation Secretariat. Full tuition fees, a living allowance, and airfare to the UK are covered.

Chatham House

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship supports one Academy fellow each year from Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Uganda or Zambia who spends ten months at Chatham House. The Fellowship is a joint initiative between Chatham House and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Mo Ibrahim Foundation GDAI Ph.D. Scholarship for Africans to Study in London

This is a very important and well-regarded MIF Scholarship sub-scholarship. The scholarship is for the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative, a program that investigates the socioeconomic, political, and legal ties that exist between governance and development in Africa. Each year, one Ph.D. position is available.

The fellowship is intended to support Ph.D. studentships in the areas of state capacity, governance, and development bureaucracy. Students from Africa who are interested in furthering their studies are encouraged to apply.

The SOAS Scholarship requires students to study at the University of London in the United Kingdom, where they can pursue any course of their choice.

The Mo Ibrahim/SOAS Postgraduate Scholarships Purpose and Benefits

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation funds the scholarship, which aims to assist African Ph.D. students with projects aimed at better understanding public sector governance capabilities, political settlements, state-business relations, state-owned enterprise governance, development policy design and implementation governance, and so on.

Qualifications for the Mo Ibrahim/SOAS Postgraduate Scholarship

You must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the MIF SOAS postgraduate scholarship.

  • You must obtain an unconditional offer for a Ph.D. in one of the approved departments at SOAS University of London.
  • You must have obtained an appropriate bachelor’s and master’s degree from a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • Demonstrate superior leadership and educational ability.

MIF SOAS Postgraduate Scholarship Requirements

The requirements for the SOAS postgraduate scholarship include;

  • A copy of your unconditional offer from the SOAS admissions office CV, which includes your email address.
  • Statement of no more than two pages describing your knowledge and interest in governance problems
  • Your excellent research proposal (as sent to the SOAS Admissions Office)
  • One academic reference should be submitted directly to by the referee

Aim and Benefits of Mo Ibrahim/SOAS Ph.D. Scholarship 

Ph.D.: The scholarship is offered on a part-time basis and covers fees for three years. However, only the first year’s rent and living expenses are paid.

In addition, the scholarship will cover two round-trip flights: one during the first year and one for the viva (including one week’s lodging around the viva).

The chosen candidate will additionally earn a £5,000 annual stipend in years 2 and 3.

We will also fund visa fees if receipts are given to the Center for African Studies.

Students are expected to do fieldwork in their home country during the second year and write their thesis in their home country during the third year.

Scholarship Worth

The scholarships include the MIF scholarship for Africa at London Business School for outstanding students in a full-time MBA program where the full payment of fees is available. Two Ph.D. Scholarships on Governance for Development in Africa Initiative at SOAS University of London while the University of Birmingham offers MSC in Governance and State-building where full tuition fees, a living allowance, and airfare to the UK are covered. The Chatham House hosts a fellowship opportunity for Africans for ten months.

Number of Awards: Several

Study Level: Postgraduate

Nationality: Africans

Eligibility Criteria 

To be considered for the Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be Africans with a passion to attend excellence in their fields of endeavors.
  • Must demonstrate excellent academic and leadership abilities.
  • Must have obtained relevant certificates which will enable them to be enrolled into the respective programs.
  • Domicile/Residency: Applicants must be domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub Saharan Africa.

Application Procedures

How to apply: Interested applicants for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarships 2022 are to apply on or before the application deadline.

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Process and Venue for Mo Ibrahim Foundation PhD Scholarship

Applicants can apply for the scholarship once a spot has been secured. A panel of SOAS academics will evaluate candidates based on their academic merit. The information in your scholarship application will be used to evaluate your application.


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