The Catto Combined MSc and PhD Scholarships: (Deadline 30 March 2021)

The Catto Combined MSc and PhD Scholarships: (Deadline 30 March 2021)

The Catto Combined MSc and PhD Scholarships: (Deadline 30 March 2021)


Apply for Catto Combined MSc and PhD Scholarships at the Centre of the African Studies University of Edinburgh. The Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh announces the availability of 2 full scholarships for suitable applicants to study for an MSc in Africa and International Development and subsequent PhD in African Studies

The Catto Combined MSc and PhD 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 PhD to get that grounding with an MSc. The MSc year helps build a bridge between undergraduate studies and the PhD. It basically hope the combined package of support encourages some who may not have thought a PhD 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.


Successful applicants will start their studies in September 2021. These Scholarships were made possible through generous funding from the Stephen Gordon Catto Charitable Trust and will cover full fees as well as a monthly maintenance stipend throughout the one-year MSc and subsequent three years of PhD study.


  • An excellent undergraduate degree (minimum of a high 2.1) in the social sciences from an accredited university in Africa (a Masters degree achieved with distinction will be an advantage).
  • Not have previously received a degree from a university outside Africa.
  • Be a citizen of, and be normally domiciled in, an African country.
  • Demonstrate commitment to studying for a PhD in African Studies.
  • Also, 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 PhD in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Furthermore, those studying conflict resolution, elections, technology, peace building and/or governance in African contexts, although the selection panel may consider other areas in the field of politics and international development preferred.


Complete applications include the following things

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



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