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Equity and Merit Scholarship students

Equity and Merit Scholarships for international master’s students

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

Scholarships are currently available for up to 16 full-time campus-based postgraduate taught master’s students and up to 10 master’s by distance learning for academically excellent professionals from Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.

The scholarships are jointly funded by the University and its donors. The University covers the tuition fee in full and the generosity of donors pays for students’ living expenses, flights to the UK and visas.

Supporting outstanding students

The Equity and Merit Scheme is now in its tenth year. Since it began, a total of 206 scholarships have been awarded to exceptional individuals who have demonstrated both academic excellence and a commitment to the economic/social development of their home communities.

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 / Inaugural President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester

Current master’s scholarships

Scholarships are available for approximately 40 full-time PGT courses and three online courses: Public Health, MSc HRM and Development, and MSc Management and Information Systems. The programmes have been selected to address a particular need or skills gap in the target countries and in most cases are not offered locally.

Equity and Merit Scholarships are currently available for students from Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.

Please select your country for a list of available full-time programmes and information on eligibility and how to apply.

2018/19 application timeline

1 October 2017 Applications open at 9am GMT.
31 October 2017 Applications close at 5pm GMT.
November 2017 to January 2018 Sifting all applications against eligibility criteria.
November and December 2017 Longlisted candidates from Rwanda invited to sit IELTS test.
Unsuccessful candidates from Rwanda notified by 31 December.
January 2018 Interviews for candidates from Rwanda.
End of February 2018 Candidates from Uganda and Tanzania invited to interviews.
Unsuccessful candidates notified.
March to June 2018 Interviews for candidates from Uganda and Tanzania.
30 June 2018 List of successful scholarship recipients for full time master's published on Facebook.
31 July 2018 List of successful scholarship recipients for online master's of Public Health published on Facebook.

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Please email with any enquiries.