Catto MSc and PhD Scholarships at CAS, University of Edinburgh 2021 (Fully Funded)

The Centre of African Studies (CAS), University of Edinburgh calls for applications for fully funded scholarships for suitable applicants to study for an MSc in Africa and International Development and subsequent Ph.D. in African Studies

These Scholarships are funded by the Stephen Gordon Catto Charitable Trust. These scholarships have been designed as a combined package in order to enable those who may not feel they have sufficient research experience to embark on a Ph.D. to get that grounding with an MSc. The MSc year helps build a bridge between undergraduate studies and the Ph.D. CAS hopes the combined package of support encourages some who may not have thought a Ph.D. was in reach to re-consider. A key goal of the scholarships is to diversify the scholars from the African continent who contribute original and important research to African Studies.


The CAS scholarships cover full fees as well as a monthly maintenance stipend throughout the one-year MSc and subsequent three years of Ph.D. study.


To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • be a citizen of, and be normally domiciled in, an African country
  • have received an excellent undergraduate degree (minimum of a high 2.1) in the social sciences from an accredited university in Africa (a Masters’s degree achieved with distinction will be an advantage)
  • not have previously received a degree from a university outside Africa
  • demonstrate a commitment to studying for a Ph.D. in African Studies
  • demonstrate leadership potential and intention to maximize the impact of their research.
  • have received an offer to study for the MSc in Africa and International Development and/or the Ph.D. in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
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Application Process

Interested applicants who meet up the requirements stated above can apply for this scholarship with the following documents:

  • A summary of their research proposal (maximum 2 pages)
  • A cover letter indicating their motivations, leadership experience, and future plans (maximum 1 page)
  • An academic CV, clearly showing the class of degree and previous educational achievements (maximum 2 pages)
  • 1 letter of reference.

Deadline: March 30, 2021.

For more information and application, visit the official site.

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