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Equity and Merit Scholarships for international master’s students

Equity and Merit Scholarships for international master’s students aim to assist talented but economically disadvantaged students from some of the world’s poorest countries.

The scholarships are jointly funded by the University and its alumni. The University waives the tuition fee in full and the generosity of alumni covers students’ living costs and flights to the UK.

Equity and Merit Scholarships have been made possible by generous gifts from:

  • Tim and Judith Sear
  • The North American Foundation for The University of Manchester
  • The UK Alumni Fund
  • The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust
  • The Don Hanson Foundation
  • The Alan Gilbert Memorial Fund

Supporting outstanding students

Scholarships are available for students to undertake postgraduate master’s degrees that are not available in their home country and which are intended to fill a particular skills gap. Awards are also available for study by distance learning.

To date, 85 students have received support to undertake master’s degrees (full-time or online) and more than 250 students have received awards to study in their home country on a University-validated programme.

Producing graduates who will be responsible global citizens is now more critical than ever. So it’s right and proper to invest in skills, knowledge and educational opportunities in the most needy parts of the world.

Professor Alan Gilbert / President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, 2004–10

Current master’s scholarships

Equity and Merit Scholarships are currently available for students from Bangladesh, Rwanda and Uganda. There are two types of scholarship on offer: full-time campus-based postgraduate taught masters, and masters by distance learning.

Please select your country and programme type for further information and details of how to apply:

Full-time campus-based master'sOnline master's 
Bangladesh Rwanda
Rwanda Tanzania
Uganda Uganda

Stay up to date

Hear the latest updates and announcements about these international master’s scholarships by checking our Equity and Merit Facebook page.

If you would like to donate to the Equity and Merit Programme, please email