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Scholarships for master's – Rwanda

We offer up to four scholarships for selected master's courses to applicants from Rwanda every year. The scholarships cover full tuition fees, return international air fares and living expenses.

Equity and Merit Scholarship students from Rwanda
Equity and Merit Scholarship students from Rwanda

Applications for entry in September 2017 will be open from 7 October 2016 (see below).


Scholarships are only available for specific courses in engineering, environment, medical and life sciences, and law. Scholarships are not available for business and finance courses.


Our master's scholarships are aimed at talented applicants, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds. To apply for a scholarship, you must:

  • have at least two years' relevant post-graduation work experience (this does not include unpaid internships or voluntary work);
  • hold a first or upper second class (or the equivalent) undergraduate degree;
  • be a resident citizen of Rwanda and have not previously studied outside Africa;
  • be committed to returning home and able to demonstrate the potential to make a positive impact on the future of Rwanda;
  • have a clear idea how studying in Manchester will benefit both your career and the wider community.

English language requirements

An IELTS certificate is not required at the time of application. If you are shortlisted for the scholarship, you will be asked to take the IELTS test. English language requirements vary by course, but in most cases you will  need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no sub-test less than 5.5) or TOEFL 570 (90 IBT) to go through to the final selection round.

We do not accept a Certificate of English Proficiency from a Rwandan university instead of the IELTS test. You can take the IELTS AND TOEFL tests in Kigali. Contact the British Council or TOEFL test centre for details. 

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 7 November 2016 at 5pm (GMT).

You don't need to have an offer of admission to apply for the scholarship. Please don't apply for master’s admission separately; if your scholarship application is successful then an academic offer will be made.

Please email with any enquiries.

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