Scholarship Overview

Outstanding and exceptional students are invited to apply for Equity and Merit Scholarships for International Master's Students to study at the University of Manchester. Academically outstanding students with the ability to make a substantial contribution to sustainable development in their native countries are eligible for Equity and Merit Scholarships. The prizes are meant for students who would be unable to study in Manchester without a scholarship. We are committed to an equal opportunity policy, and all applications are evaluated on their merit. Women are especially encouraged to apply.

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals chart a course toward a better, more sustainable future for everybody. The Equity and Merit Scholarships seek to equip young professionals in the Global South with the skills necessary to bring solutions to these interconnected aims.

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There are two types of scholarships available:

Full-time, on-campus master's degree (one year).
Part-time, distance learning master's degree (three to five years).
There are 39 scholarships available for studies in engineering, environment, health sciences, development, education, textiles, and law (29 for full-time study and ten for online study). Applicants from Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe are eligible to apply.

Host institution(s)

The host institution is University of Manchester, UK.


A masters degree in various programs.

Scholarship value

The scholarship is fully funded.


Eligible candidates must meet the following:

  • Applicants must be a resident of Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zimbabwe and have never studied outside of Africa (six-month training does not count).
  • Applicants must have at least two years of professional experience in their chosen field of study (unpaid internships or volunteer work do not count).
  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with an overall good grade (you must have graduated before September 2021). The prizes are given to academically outstanding students, which usually implies you are in the top 10% of your class.
  • Applicants must be committed to returning home and demonstrate the ability to positively impact the future of your native nation.
  • Applicants must have a clear understanding of how studying at Manchester will help both your career and the wider community.

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Application instructions 

Interested and eligible applicants for Equity and Merit Scholarships for International Master's Students should apply online beginning August 1, 2023 for September 2024 enrollment.

Application deadline: August 31, 2023